How to Get TV without Cable

Because monthly cable television subscriptions can get costly, consider cancelling your cable and trying less expensive alternatives that offer a variety of viewing choices.


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You Will Need

  • A TV with a digital tuner
  • A TV antenna that receives VHF and UHF signals
  • A computer with internet access and a TV tuner
  • An HDMI cable
  • A video on demand service account
  • A portable media player
  • A satellite TV service subscription


  1. Step 1

    Watch only local TV stations

    Watch only local TV stations. Get a TV with a digital tuner and an antenna that receives both VHF and UHF channels, typically traditional "rabbit ears" with a wire loop.

  2. Step 2

    Buy a computer with a built-in TV tuner

    Buy a computer with a built-in TV tuner. Connect your computer to your TV with an HDMI audio-video cable, allowing you to watch internet video on your TV.

  3. Monthly internet service charges are typically less expensive than monthly cable service charges.

  4. Step 3

    Watch free network TV episodes online

    Watch network TV episodes online for free at TV network websites, and at network-sponsored media websites

  5. Step 4

    Subscribe to an online video on demand service

    Subscribe to an online video on demand service. These sites can send you TV programs on DVD, and some will stream directly to your computer.

  6. Some online video on demand services offer free trials to get you started.

  7. Step 5

    Watch TV episodes on a portable media player

    Watch TV episodes on a portable media player. Many smartphones and portable electronic devices have the capability to play video.

  8. Step 6

    Subscribe to a satellite TV service

    Subscribe to a satellite TV service. The prices vary among services, but can be cheaper than cable. Now sit back and enjoy your favorite shows, cable-free.

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