Totally Free HD TV With No Equipment And No Hacks

If you read this blog regularly (which, by the way, you should as it’s pretty good if I do say so myself!) you are aware of the fact that I am currently without a television. If not, I’ll give you the short version: out of the blue my television died a little over a week ago and I have yet to replace or fix it. If you haven’t been a long-time reader, you are also unaware that before this event, I got rid of cable other than what is provided by my monthly HOA payment. These weren’t purely financial decisions, I just didn’t seem to enjoy most tv programming that I was paying extra for, and as far as the television itself goes, I haven’t found one that meets both my quality requirements and what I feel like spending for that quality.

 

With cable and satellite television programming costing more than some car payments these days, people are looking for ways to watch their favorite shows without blowing a majority of their discretionary funds. I can completely understand, as I laugh when I hear what some people pay for something that, for the most part, I find absolutely dreadful. I’m going to let you in on a little secret:

 

You can get hd television programming totally free!

 

Yes, I said it, and it is completely true in most cases. No, there are no strings attached. You don’t need to buy one of those hacked universal decoders, or buy any fancy antenna, or tap into your neighbors service (which is illegal by the way). You don’t even have to go to any of those life hacking or cheap living sites to learn how to build your own antenna. You have all you need right at home already. I will warn you that you do need a little free time and some patience, but that’s all.

 

Before my television died, I was getting CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, ION, and a few other networks in crystal clear high-definition, and I didn’t have any of the things I just mentioned. All I had was my television which had a built-in HD tuner, and a cable connected to the wall jack. So how did I get this extra, premium programming? It’s simple: I scanned for it! All I had to do was go to my television’s setup, and tell it to scan for available stations. When it finished after an hour, it had found all of the standard stations which is included with the basic HOA package, plus about 320 or so “digital stations”. After the scanning was done, all I had to do was go through the channels one at a time and when I came across one that was in HD, I simply saved it to my favorites.

 

Now, I know what you are thinking…this must be some sort of fluke, like when you were a kid and set the tv to channel 2 and the cable box to the porn channel and you could see it semi-clearly. I’ll be honest, I was skeptical too. So I went to my parents’ house and conducted a little experiment. You see, they have a completely different cable provider than I have, and they have newer television sets.

 

The results were the same as mine, except better. On their television, the digital music stations came in with the sound and picture, where I only get the sound (making it difficult to know what the heck is even on that station). So that told me all I needed to know–this wasn’t something relegated to only my television or my cable provider.

 

You can try it for yourself one evening or weekend when you have a little spare time. Who knows, maybe you will even have better results. Either way, if you feel like cable service is too expensive already, now you can really get your money’s worth!

  • John @ Married (with Debt)

    Sweet hack. I hadn’t heard about this. I’m still learning something new about technology every day. I know how you feel about TV. The future will be a la carte channel pricing, but that will be a complex endeavor.

  • John @ Married (with Debt)

    Sweet hack. I hadn’t heard about this. I’m still learning something new about technology every day. I know how you feel about TV. The future will be a la carte channel pricing, but that will be a complex endeavor.

  • John @ Married (with Debt)

    Sweet hack. I hadn’t heard about this. I’m still learning something new about technology every day. I know how you feel about TV. The future will be a la carte channel pricing, but that will be a complex endeavor.

  • John @ Married (with Debt)

    Sweet hack. I hadn’t heard about this. I’m still learning something new about technology every day. I know how you feel about TV. The future will be a la carte channel pricing, but that will be a complex endeavor.

  • John @ Married (with Debt)

    Sweet hack. I hadn’t heard about this. I’m still learning something new about technology every day. I know how you feel about TV. The future will be a la carte channel pricing, but that will be a complex endeavor.

    • http://www.dollarversity.com Eric J. Nisall – DollarVersity

      I’m already on 10 days without it and I’m not missing a thing, other than being able to watch movies. I’m trying to go the rest of the month to see what effect it has on my electric bill, since no tv means no stereo or dvd player sucking power either.

      • Leslie

        Really? You don’t listen to music? I turn on my tv maybe once a week, so I could definitely live without it but I absolutely need to use my stereo set-up for music. So that would still be a receiver, sub, and speakers sucking up power.

        • http://www.dollarversity.com Eric J. Nisall – DollarVersity

          I’ve honestly been using itunes on my desktop to listen these past few weeks. I don’t listen to the radio, and all of my CDs were digitally converted to mp3. Plus, the streaming capabilities of my set-up suck so it’s just easier to listen on the desktop

  • http://www.modestmoney.com/ Modest Money

    Very interesting, but how do you test it when you are currently paying for cable? Like how do I know which ones showing up are what I’m already paying for?

    • http://www.dollarversity.com Eric J. Nisall – DollarVersity

      Just disconnect the cable box from the wall jack and plug it straight to the tv. Then, when you scan through the channels, you’ll see odd ones that come through with decimal points, and those will be the ones that are free extras. The ones from the cable company are standard, using whole numbers.

  • http://www.fromshoppingtosaving.com/ From Shopping to Saving

    OMG really?!?! I have a Samsung Plasma. Do you think it will work? We have basic cable… I wonder if it will work. I’m getting excited now. It better work, or else I’m coming back to tell everyone it didn’t work. :P

    • http://www.dollarversity.com Eric J. Nisall – DollarVersity

      If your tv has a built-in HD decoder, it should work quite well. Of course, your cable company may be ahead of the curve and cut it off before anyone realized what they could do.

  • http://twitter.com/familymoneyblog John Preston

    Hmmm. Admittedly, I’m a little skeptical. However, I don’t have an HD tuner so the attempt is pointless anyway.

    • http://www.dollarversity.com Eric J. Nisall – DollarVersity

      Yeah, pretty much a moot point, huh? But, at least if you buy a new tv with one built in you can try it!

  • Marie at FamilyMoneyValues

    We did without pay TV for 38 years – just got it 2 years ago and are supremely disappointed at paying to see sports (which we don’t watch), porn (which we won’t watch) and infomercials (who pays to watch commercials!!).

    Local channel programming sucks too!

    • http://www.dollarversity.com Eric J. Nisall – DollarVersity

      It’s definitely not for everyone. I’ve done fine without it since mine died. Granted, it has only been two weeks but it’s not like I was watching much even before it went.