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
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.
Customers can find a list of local cable TV providers by searching with their address on allconnect. It is a free service that is available online or by phone.
The three major alternatives to cable Internet are DSL, satellite and cellular. DSL requires a particular type of phone line, satellites may require a clear view of the northern sky, and cellular requires being within range of a 3G or 4G network for high-speed access.
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.
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
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
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.
Although televisions no longer use analog signals to send video images, they can still be used with digital converter boxes to pick up local channels. The digital converter box connects to the cable port on the rear of the television and sends signals from local stations.
As of 2014, there were around 100 million households subscribed to some kind of paid TV service, purchased through either a cable, satellite or phone company. This means that approximately 90 percent of Americans had access to paid television services.