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Options to watch TV without cable box

3,304 302 April 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I have comcast cable. I have 3 cable boxes already and have no interest in adding a 4th.
I just bought a small LCD for my GYM area in my basement so we can watch tv while on the treadmill. This will be MAYBE 5-7 hours a month . To me I dont want to pay for another cable box. What are my options ? I would prefer to watch hulu or something but I know that too cost 7.99 a month.

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does the TV have a QAM tuner? If so, plug the co-ax straight in a see what you get
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DVD player, Roku box, antenna, laptop connected to TV, coax cable via splitter to TV etc....lots of options. Also, Hulu is free and has lots of content. Hulu Plus is subscription-based.
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Watch Hulu through your netbook on the LCD TV
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How far is the next closest cable box to the basement? You *might* be able to just get a cheap HDMI switcher (~$15-20) and long HDMI cable from someplace like monoprice, and run it to the other TV. The remote may or may not work, depending on how far, or how many walls in between, but you could at least turn on a show and leave it on while your running. There are also TV remote extenders that can be purchased for ~$25+ if you prefer to be able to change channels frequently from down there.
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with cablevision you can get all the OTA channels by just plugging directly into the wall/splitter no cable box needed. Cant hurt to try with comcast.
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with cablevision you can get all the OTA channels by just plugging directly into the wall/splitter no cable box needed. Cant hurt to try with comcast.
OTA is over the air channels, meaning what's picked up wirelessly via antenna or rabbit ears. I *think* what you're referring to is basic cable. It is similar here with BrightHouse. All the digital/HD channels require boxes, but the basic channels (2-73?) can be connected directly to the coax, not requiring a box.
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OTA is over the air channels, meaning what's picked up wirelessly via antenna or rabbit ears. I *think* what you're referring to is basic cable. It is similar here with BrightHouse. All the digital/HD channels require boxes, but the basic channels (2-73?) can be connected directly to the coax, not requiring a box.
I understand what OTA is. What i meant was that anything you get OTA your will get by connecting to coax. No idea what channels basic cable includes....but you will be able to get all OTA channels you would get with an antenna.
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I understand what OTA is. What i meant was that anything you get OTA your will get by connecting to coax. No idea what channels basic cable includes....but you will be able to get all OTA channels you would get with an antenna.
My mistake. I guess I misunderstood.
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An hdmi splitter [monoprice.com] would be preferable to a switch. You'd probably want to use a CAT6 based HDMI extender (2 CAT6 ethenet cables possibly shielded) rather than a long hdmi cable depending on the length. Another option would be run component video cables (or rg-59/6).

Clear QAM tuner in your tv which display be a limited number of channels (and often not 1080p) is always an option.

The other angle would be streaming content from the internet or your lan. You could trade in one of your cable boxes for a cable card and build an htpc with a tuner that supports the cable card. Use that as a dvr to record all your shows and stream them to other devices in your house.
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You can get something like PlayOn and there is boat load of channels and it supports third party scripts to add channels. Check out

playonplugins.com and playonscripts.com for the third party channels.
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With comcast if you have a qam tuner you can plug it in. You might get the 2-90 channels if they have not encrypted the non-local channels yet. But I warn you at some point they will encrypt all but the local channels.
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