If you are living on a budget, you will need to cut some expenses. One way of doing this is by switching from cable to DTV. What can you expect from DTV and how should you handle the transition?
Switching to DTV will result in fewer expenses
DTV isn’t a preferable option when you can get cable or satellite, but it is one of the best ways to save money when you are living on a budget.
Switching to DTV doesn’t eliminate the main networks
DTV doesn’t offer many channels, but you’ll have access to all the major networks. ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and FOX are some of the stations that you’ll still have when demoting to DTV. Most major sporting events and primetime television shows you watch shouldn’t be hampered by switching to DTV.
You may also get some channels on DTV that you didn’t get on your cable or satellite listing. For example, DTV stations in my area get the QUBO network, a channel that specializes in newer and older cartoons for children and cartoon enthusiasts from the 80s and 90s.
In order to find out what channels your area receives, you should check with local folks about what stations they receive. You can also see by using TV Guide online site and seeing what the local channels are around your area.
Switching to DTV means sports fans should find some sports bars
Living on a budget can mean sacrificing some non-local networks you cherish. One of these stations may be ESPN. If you watch many sporting events on ESPN, you will need to find a sports bar that carries ESPN. Another thing you can do is stay with your friends who have ESPN when there is a game you want to watch.
Know your television before switching to DTV
If your television receives static when it’s off cable, then it likely needs a DTV box. If you have an LCD TV, you will probably just need to program your television in order to take advantage of DTV.
Figure your DTV signal before switching to DTV
The trickiest part of DTV is where you will need to locate your television and antenna in order to achieve the best signal. I have two televisions in my house. One television that requires a DTV box with a higher quality antenna and another television that requires no DTV box with a $10 antenna.
If your television doesn’t require a DTV box, it’ll make it easier to try out your DTV connection in different areas of the house. You may find that you can’t receive certain channels in certain areas of the house. Even if you do now, you may lose that reception in a few months.
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