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Best way to eliminate cable and watch TV for free

by BigRamon13 / February 19, 2013 5:05 AM PST

What is the best way to watch TV for free and eliminate cable TV? I live in a condo and can not install an external TV aerial. Is there a device I can attach to my TV to legally pick up programing?

I have heard of hulu but how does one get it to play through a TV and not a computer?

Thanks to everyone who provides help/suggestions.

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Did you try any antenna at all? Near the window?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 19, 2013 7:54 AM PST

As to Hulu, you connect the laptop to the TV and you're done.

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by BigRamon13 / February 20, 2013 6:17 AM PST


Thanks. I am researching indoor antennas now. I appreciate your help and response.


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Antennas and stuff
by sunwatcher / February 19, 2013 11:59 AM PST

If you live near a metropolitan area, chances are you'll be able to receive local HD programming with a simple indoor antenna. You might need an amplified antenna depending on how far you are from the broadcast facilities. A good resource is

You can get hulu through some multimedia players such as Roku.

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by BigRamon13 / February 20, 2013 6:20 AM PST
In reply to: Antennas and stuff

Thank you for the website tip. I have started researching indoor antennas and this will help me. I will also look into Roku to see if that is another workable solution.

Thanks for taking to time to helpl


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Condos and antenna rules.
by mjd420nova / February 20, 2013 2:39 AM PST

If you have a crawl space or even a laundry room or closet that's got a high enough ceiling, you could mout an outdoor(small) antenna mounted to the ceiling or rafters. Amplified/indoor antennas are good if mounted on a second floor or on a high shelf in a closet. Aside from using a computer to connect to the internet, there are now thousands of sites streaming and downloading just about every kind of media and genre you desire. With a computer that has an HDMI output, that can go directly to the HDTV and away you go.

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by BigRamon13 / February 20, 2013 6:26 AM PST

Thank you for responding. I am researching antennas. I do have a condo that is like a home with a large open attic space in lieu of a second floor and I have access through the garage ceiling. I am doing research to determine what type of antenna will work best.

I do have a BluRay player. I have it cabled to my HD tv via a DVI/HDMI cable. My plan is to eliminate cable tv but retain my cable internet since the fee for this is nominal.

I appreciate your taking the time to respond.


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The type of antenna isn't as important as...
by Pepe7 / February 20, 2013 11:44 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks it's oriented. It can take a little futzing to get the signal to come in just right IME.

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Large open attic
by mjd420nova / February 21, 2013 2:51 AM PST
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Thats an ideal location, even a larger antenna would have room. Mount it just as if it was outside, only upside down hanging from the roof peak---- inside. You could even mount a rotor if you have room.

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A Roku plus a powered indoor OTA antenna
by givemeaname / February 20, 2013 12:05 PM PST

No sale now but every once in awhile they will have $20 off... But watch your bandwidth limit.

For antenna, that will depend where the broadcast towers are. If they are mostly in one direction a directional antenna if in diffrent directions then an omnidirectional antenna and powered is the best.

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by Willy / February 21, 2013 3:03 AM PST

Free air TV still depends on the location and strength of the signal. So, depending on your condo location and what windows or opening are present can allow the signal to get in. Of course an antenna will help, even a simple "rabbit ears" still works. But, if your in a densely build-up area or have some building blocking or you've less than a perfect signal, the better the antenna the better the signal gathering. Blockage from trees, mountains and man-made sources continuel to be the problems for good signal strength. the best wording used, "is line of sight" and/or from TV signal source. It isn't going to be fruitful if you live in a remote area in the mountains surrounded by trees and stuck in a valley, that would be a poor location. The same for a location in the city, downtown surrounded by building or skyscapers and you're on lower level. If you in a high level and facing the signal source, great reception. The same applies if your on the wrong side facing away. Check online for antenna that can be mounted "inside" a home to include any devices that may help. -----Willy Happy

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