Remember those bunny ear receivers that people used to have before everyone started switching to satellite and cable? Believe it or not, they still work! As long as you have a newer version TV(think HD and/or flat screen), all you have to do is buy a simple receiver and hook it up to your TV.
I actually bought this http://straffebrust.de/beste-antibabypille-fr-brustvergrerung.html beste antibabypille für brustvergrößerung RCA receiver(pictured left) from Amazon for $8 and set it up. Depending on your area and reception, you could have up to 20-30 HD channels. Most of them will be in Spanish or Korean or some other foreign language, but you will get the local channels like CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, PBS, etc in crystal clear HD.
The first time I tried it, my reception wasn’t great so I only got a couple local channels in HD but now that I’ve moved and my TV is right next to a window, I get full reception on all the local HD channels. I know there are Tivo-type boxes you can get to record off an antenna but you still have to enter all the recordings manually. Once there’s a service that will be able to auto-update their guide based on what’s on TV and interface with your antenna, I’ll be sold.
Using an Old Cable Outlet
This hack is slightly on the unethical side, but I don’t really have a problem with it personally. If you get your internet from a company that also provides cable tv you can actually use the same input cable to get HD channels for free. It can be a little bit hit or miss but a friend of mine told me about it and I thought he was full of crap until I tried it myself.
Since we recently moved, I ended up signing up for Direct TV and internet from Time Warner Cable. Once the internet guy was done, I hooked up their connection to my TV and did a quick search and sure enough I had over 50 HD cable channels! Again, a lot of channels that I never watch and couldn’t understand but I did have access to all the local channels in HD. The nice thing about this method is that the picture is perfect and doesn’t rely on a pair of antiquated bunny ears(which tend to be very sensitive to wind, touch, rain, etc).
You can buy a simple splitter for under a couple bucks and split the connection from your cable internet company and have one line going to your modem and another to your TV. I’m not sure if this works for every cable tv/internet company but it definitely works for Time Warner so give it a shot and let me know how it went in the comments below.
Readers, did you know that you can still buy a simple inexpensive receiver and get free local channels in crystal clear HD? What do you think about my cable tv hacks?
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