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I no longer have cable TV services with my provider. Is there a way for me to watch local TV news and CNN with my TV without using the PC. The line for the cable is still there. Can I purchase any devices so that I can watch TV again on my TV? Thx
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014
Commented:
If you are within range and your TV is DTV capable (less than 10 years old), you can put up an antenna to receive local stations.  CNN is a cable channel and service.  I don't know that you can get it without cable or satellite service.
Matt MinorTechnical Systems Analyst

Commented:
Yeah agreed. Put up a set of Rabbit Ears and you MIGHT get local news. CNN is not going to happen without a subscription.
I use a $99 outdoor antenna I bought at Best Buy and it works great for local channels, but it will depend on a where you live, where you mount it, etc.

For CNN, look into www.sling.com. I also use this. For $20/mo, I get a lot of the main channels, but this service is streaming and will go through your ISP, so make sure you have the bandwidth and lots of gigabytes/month on your plan.
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Matt MinorTechnical Systems Analyst
Commented:
The outdoor antenna is a great suggestion. The poster wants to avoid the use of a computer for TV programming though.
Here's the antenna I use and I've found the outdoor ones work better then indoor ones:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/antennas-direct-clearstream-2v-long-range-hdtv-antenna-black-silver/6847298.p?id=1218809260470&skuId=6847298

Sling works with Roku, Amazon Fire, etc - it's a downloadable app to those devices, so no computer.
BTW, the nice thing about the antenna is that it hooks right into where the cable connection did, so it will feed all the TVs in your house that the cable company did.
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With the antenna you will require (no ifs, ands, buts) a digital tuner. If any TV does not have a digital tuner (not the Cable Ready option) it cannot be used with the antenna natively. You will need to purchase a separate digital tuner (converter) and connect your antenna to that first, then the tuner (converter) to the TV.

Your local Best Buy or radio shack has these for about $50-80.
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014
Commented:
All TVs sold in the US after March 1, 2007 are required to have digital tuners.  https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/guides/dtv-enforcement
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
If you are in US and want to watch CNN, you still need to pay. A subscription to Sling TV is a good choice.

The cable left behind by your cable tv provider is of no practical value as you cannot get passed their authentication by connecting the cable with another box without paying the subscription fee.

http://www.cutcabletoday.com/cnn-live-stream-online/

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