Streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, are alternatives to cable TV. Several devices are available that allow for instant streaming of programming to a TV, or subscribers can view programming on phones and other devices. A television antenna is also an option.
TV Guide and Zap2It provide cable TV listings on their websites. Search the listings by location, service provider, date, time and genre. TV cable listings are also available directly on the websites of cable providers, such as Optimum and Time Warner Cable.
To connect a television to basic cable, connect the cable receiver box to the television with a coaxial cable. However, if the television is high definition, the cable receiver should be exchanged for an HDTV receiver and compatible cable to take advantage of the television's picture capabilities. C
Televisions equipped with antennas for receiving over-the-air broadcasts do not require cable to watch programs broadcast by local stations. Using a satellite dish can also allow those without cable to watch many more channels than an antenna alone. Finally, many Internet services stream TV programs
Some of the cable television providers in the United States as of 2015 include Adelphia Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications and Charter Communications. Other U.S. cable providers include Cablevision, Bright House Networks, Sudden Link Communications, Mediacom and Cab
The TV Guide website hosts numerous program listings which can be filtered based on cable provider and date. This service allows customers of all major cable providers to see what will play on a given day in a given broadcast area.
Digital cable TV is usually one of two selections offered by a cable company. The other is basic cable. Digital cable TV usually offers premium and special interest channels along with the programming of basic cable.
Some cable television stations include HBO, ESPN, MTV and USA. Courtroom Television, Comedy Central, The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel and Arts and Entertainment, or A&E, are also cable networks.
TV Guide offers a complete television schedule under the What's On section of their website. Users can set the TV listing specific to their region and television service by inputting a ZIP code and selecting their cable or satellite provider.
Without cable or Internet service, it is possible to watch TV with satellite service or by picking up local broadcasts with a digital antenna. The two major satellite providers in the United States are Dish Network and DirecTV.