“Regular” Tv Channels


    I’m trying to figure out how to help my tenant have tv in her room. In her room, there is a cable line. She doesn’t want cable, but wants just regular tv (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS etc) so she plugged her tv into that cable and nothing happened. She is telling me (and i have some friends who have done this) that you should be able to use that cable line to get those channels, but its not working.

    My question is, is that true? Is that how people get those channels? I was under the impression that people who did that were lucky that it worked, but it wasn’t a guaranteed way to get television.

    If this is how its supposed to work, then I guess I need to find someone to figure out what the problem is with that cable wire, right?

    If this is not the standard way to get these channels, what is? How can she get these channels?

    8 Replies

    1. it is not unheard of. Some people report that their cable transmits public channels in open format.
      You can check whether her cable is disconnected by taking your cable box and connecting to her cable. This will prove or disprove that her cable is connected.

    2. The channels will be displaced… 12 for ch 2 and so on.
      that is my experience.
      You can also use a regular roof antenna for OTA stuff and utilize the existing TWC cable for a feed.. You do not need a digital antenna, that is just plain misinformation.

    3. I have a digital antenna and it works well, though I don’t get all of the broadcast channels. I think I’m just missing CBS. But the advantage of a digital antenna is that the channels you do get are very clear. There’s a range of prices from roughly $25-$120, depending on whether it’s amplified or not.

    4. go get a digital antenna and test it out and when you find one that works well, call cable to tell them to get lost

    5. sometimes that works, but it’s sort of a lucky deal if it does. I’ve certainly known people who got maybe 12 channels from an old cable without paying, but it’s not a guarantee. We are cancelling our cable in November and I’m excited to learn you can get so many channels with just good ole antennae.

    6. we are not big tv people and have never had cable. We have the rabbit ears on a 10 year old set and we have the box that converts the new digital signal to analog (or the old style signal before the change a few years ago). There is a catch to using that box though and here we were living like this for 3 years and not getting PBS. We only found out recently that you have to rescan the box so it will pick up the signal for all of the available local stations; this has to be done periodically. The good news is, we now get a lot of stations – more than were ever available in the old pre-cable tv days of decades past.


    7. We have a fairly new tv and just use rabbit ear antenna….tv is on bottom floor of a brownstone and we get all those channels perfectly. No cable.

    8. the short answer is that it’s not correct. tell her to get a digital antenna. They arent really very expensive and converter if necessary.