To get cable channels without a cable connection, install an indoor antenna, use a streaming video service, buy desired cable shows one at a time through iTunes or Amazon or install a video streaming box or over-the-air DVR. Cable television options are available with minimal amount of additional equipment without a cable connection.
When obtaining alternative cable channels, be sure to analyze the cost of additional equipment and channel availability. To see what channels are available in a certain area, visit AntennaWeb and enter the street address. Some subscriptions, equipment and on-demand costs can exceed having a cable connection, depending on the specific viewing habits and desired programming.