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What Are My Options for Watching TV Without Cable Access?

What Are My Options for Watching TV Without Cable Access?

A few decades ago, some were predicting that TV would eventually become a common household commodity, just like water and power, and that it would be extremely simple to get hooked to the network and enjoy all the content you may be interested in. And yet, the situation today seems completely different from that.

Not only is cable TV still not available in some areas, but it can be ridiculously expensive as well. Companies still haven’t evolved much from the old prepackaged deal that gives you access to hundreds of channels, but also charges you upwards of $100 a month for that privilege.

Here are some ideas for alternative options to watch TV without cable that you may have available if you still want to enjoy your relaxing sessions in front of the TV, but don’t want to pay that much or don’t have access to the right services. 

Rabbit Ear Antenna

A rabbit ear antenna is still one of the most popular solutions among people who want to implement their own TV solutions, although it’s only a viable option if you have a TV tower in the nearby 10-15 miles. If you don’t, you may still be lucky enough to catch some signal with the right alignment, but the quality will likely be poor and not adequate for your viewing needs. Still, if you have no other options, this one can work great.

DIY Antenna

There are various ways to make your own DIY antenna, and depending on the materials required and complexity involved, you may be able to get some great reception out of your piece for very little money. Of course, this one also requires proximity to a TV tower, so if you don’t live close to one, you’ll be out of luck. But for people that do, this can easily be a more appropriate option than rabbit ear antennas.

Online Subscription

Some TV channels and networks may allow you to subscribe to their content online. However, this just shifts the problem from one area to another. You’re still paying for your viewing, and you’re likely even going to pay more. Because instead of getting a hundred channels for $100, you’re getting a single one for $5-10, or sometimes even more. If you want to watch multiple channels, things can quickly spin out of control.

Remote Streaming

A more complicated option, but a great one nevertheless if you can afford the initial setup. You can follow our advice from above regarding the use of custom antennas, and then connect the TV to a streaming device that you can access remotely. This requires you to have physical access to a location within the radius of a broadcasting tower. But other than that, you can set up your streaming over a very long distance and enjoy your content without any delays whatsoever. Plus, you’ll have a lot of control over what gets captured over your antenna and when.

Recording

Last but not least, it’s not an option for immediate viewing, but it’s still something. If you only need to keep track of one or two shows, you can always just record them and watch them afterwards at your own leisure. This is a bit clumsy to set up at first, but once you’ve done it, it’s very simple to keep up. Plus, it gives you the bonus of being able to enjoy your content exactly how you want to. You don’t have to align yourself to any schedules imposed by the network, and you can easily spend the entire weekend binging on the latest season of your favorite show if that’s the way you want to do it!

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