To get digital TV for free, plug the TV set into a set top box and antenna. This allows the TV to pick up signals from digital transmissions.
Cable-cutters do not need to give up watching regular TV channels when they cut off their cable service. Many major networks broadcast channels for free through digital frequencies. Unlike old analog broadcast signals, modern digital signals are high quality and do not contain static. Viewers can receive free digital broadcasts using the following steps.
- Choose an antenna.
- Choose a digital converter box.
- Plug in the antenna.
Unlike the huge wire "bunny ears" antennae of the past, modern antennas are much smaller and sleeker. They use the same technology found in cell phone antennae to receive digital broadcast signals over the air.
An antenna can often plug directly into a modern television set. Therefore, most viewers using a modern TV do not need a converter box. However, viewers using older television sets may not be able to receive digital broadcast signals. These viewers can pick up converter boxes to convert the digital signal into a signal that the analog television can read.
In newer televisions, the antenna can plug directly into the coaxial port in the back of the set. In older televisions, the antenna can plug into the digital converter box, which plugs into the TV set.
Viewers can expand their viewing selection using set top boxes such as Apple TV or Chromecast. These boxes can connect to subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus.