So, you want to enjoy the local TV channels? Do you want to spend money willingly on the channels when you have a free option? I guess you won’t. The interesting fact is, your cable operator doesn’t want you to know that there are some local broadcast TV networks that you can enjoy for free.
Today’s digital world is something different. When you have the right technology, you can do so many things within the cutting budget. Same goes for the local TV channels.
Now, the question is, how to get local TV channels? The common method is taking service from the nearest cable TV service providers and you need to spend money in each month. But, this article is obviously to save your money.
What Are the Options?
There are mainly two ways to go when you don’t want the local TV cable operator service. The first one is HDTV antenna and the second one is online. However, there is another option which is installing TV apps. You can use your smartphone, smart TV, Tablet, etc. for installing the TV apps and most of them are free.
This is a one-time investment and budget friendly. Once you set up the antenna properly, you can enjoy your favorite local channels continuously.
In these days, TV signals are digital that you can catch with a digital tuner. Usually, modern TVs come with a digital tuner. When I am saying modern TVs I am actually saying about the products that come with the digital signal receiving feature. But the antenna is for receiving the signal from a long distance.
If all the local broadcast towers are located in the same direction, a directional antenna is enough. It will focus on one direction. But when the broadcast towers are in multiple directions, a multi-directional TV antenna is recommended for you. It will capture the signal from a variety of directions.
Once you know which type of antenna you need, this is the time to make a decision between an indoor TV antenna and outdoor TV antenna.
Let me make it simple for you. If you are living in a city and the broadcast tower is not so far from your home, probably an indoor antenna is enough for you. Indoor antennas can receive the signal from up to 20 miles. But everyone doesn’t live in a city and you may have a home in a remote area. In that case, I will suggest purchasing the outdoor antenna.
Based on the model and the feature of an outdoor antenna, it may capture signal from up to 60 miles or more. This is more than enough because you will find broadcasting towers between these distances.
If you have purchased an outdoor TV antenna, it is time to install the antenna properly. First of all, you need to ground the antenna. To get the optimum performance from the antenna, you should mount it on the rooftop or in a higher place so that it can capture the signal without disturbance. In the next step, you need to aim the antenna in the right direction. For the proper aiming, you have to find out where is the local broadcasting transmitter.
There are some popular websites where you will get the addresses of local channel broadcasters according to your home address. You can also use your smartphone to locate the broadcasting location by using apps. Another option is using a signal strength meter to direct the antenna.
Watch Local Channels Online
If you don’t want to use an antenna or you are living in a place where the antenna is not capable of catching the signal, online based service is an easy option for you. Most of the popular TV channels now offer a subscription service. If you have an internet connection, you can enjoy local channels by subscribing. Based on the channel, the subscription charge may vary.
However, to enjoy TV channels online, you need to use a smart TV, laptop, desktop, smartphone, tablet, etc. To find which channels are providing the subscription system, just go to their official website and you will have the data.
Local Channels with Apps
The alternative of online subscription is installing TV apps in your smart device. It can be your smart TV, smartphone, tablet, etc. Most popular TV channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW stations offer apps that allow the users to stream local TV shows.
But be aware that each app works individually. Usually, the initial programs are free and you can stream them wherever you want. To get the full access on the programs, you may need to pay a small amount of money. It depends on the channel.
So, now you know to get local channels in your location. Though I have described three different options, using an HD TV antenna is the best solution. As I have mentioned earlier, this is a one-time investment, you will save your money. Also, once you installed the antenna properly, you can continuously enjoy the channels.