Time Warner Cable offers free OTA antenna to customers affected by CBS blackout

By on August 23, 2013, 5:00 PM
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Time Warner Cable customers in select markets now have a temporary solution to the unresolved dispute between the cable provider and CBS that has left millions without access to the popular network. In a blog post on the subject, TWC reminds everyone that blacked-out broadcast stations remain available over the air and most households can receive the signals with the right equipment.

As of today, customers in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Los Angeles/Desert Cities, New York City, plus Milwaukee and Green Bay in Wisconsin can pick up a basic indoor over-the-air antenna free of charge from local TWC retail locations while supplies last. Alternately, the cable provider partnered with Best Buy in those cities to provide a $20 coupon toward the purchase of any in-stock broadcast antenna at the retailer.

Most with a newer television should be good to go with a simple over-the-air antenna provided you can pick up a strong signal. The FCC’s website is a good place to start to check OTA signal strength in your area as obstructions like buildings, mountains and water can all be detrimental to reception.

In the event that you have an older television without a digital tuner, you’ll also need an over-the-air digital converter box. Unfortunately TWC isn’t providing a converter box or a discount on said box. These can be had for around $40 or more at a number of electronics retailers, however.

Despite the free antenna, TWC reminds customers that they aren’t responsible for the installation or performance of any antennas.

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tonylukac said:

Friend in Fountain Valley, CA has Time Warner cable and he says he gets CBS. Is it only blacked out in certain cities?

p51d007 said:

Which is nice if you are in somewhat of a range for the crappy digital signal. Before the switch from analog to digital over the air, you could use "rabbit ears" or a small outside antenna to pick up a signal in a rural area, or in a heavy high rise building area. Even if you were on a fringe area, and the signal wasn't perfect, you could still watch the station. With digital, that all changed. The range is considerably less, and there isn't any such thing as fringe. You either have a signal, or nothing. The moving of low band VHF and high band VHF television in the USA from analog to digital was because the stupid government wanted to sell that band space or use it themselves. Oh well, with the crappy content on television these days, you aren't missing much, plus, cable has died, they just haven't pulled the plug yet.

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