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How to Watch the Oscars Without Cable

Friday, February 24th, 2017

The biggest night in the entertainment awards season is coming up, and one of the most commonly-asked questions is: “How can I watch the Oscars without cable TV?” It’s a question asked more and more often as increasing numbers of people cut the cord. With every big television event, viewers that are accustomed to streaming content encounter problems figuring out how to watch the Oscars, or the Big Game, or any major broadcast event. While there are many options that are of dubious legality, here are a few legitimate ways that you can watch the Oscars without a cable subscription.

Over the Air Broadcast

Many viewers, especially those raised on cable, may not realize that, in much of the country, it’s possible to tune in to all of the major networks using nothing more than a simple indoor HD TV antenna. If your TV was manufactured in the last ten years or so, it’s able to receive over-the-air digital (OTA) broadcasts. That means that all you need to do is plug in an antenna to begin receiving free broadcast television. Since ABC is broadcasting the Oscars, anyone who can get the OTA signal can watch them for free, without cable. To find out what channel ABC is in your area, use the FCC DTV Reception Map. If your signal shows as strong or moderate, you should have no problem receiving the broadcast with a simple indoor antenna. Those in rural areas will probably see a weaker signal and may not be able to receive the broadcast without a larger outdoor HD antenna

Your key to watching the Oscars without cable TV.


Say you don’t have a TV, because you’ve become so accustomed to streaming to your computer or tablet, or you you live in an area with a poor OTA signal. Well, ABC is providing an online streaming option that might work for you. ABC’s website provides streams of their regular content, but only to a selection of major metro markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. And while that covers a majority of the watching population in the USA, it’s still going to leave a lot of potential viewers in the dark. (more…)

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iPhone 4, The Antenna Controversy.

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

There is big controversy bubbling about the new iPhone 4 and the antenna problems so many users are experiencing…
There has been talk of a class action suit, downloadable updates, and fake letters to customers from Steve Jobs.

What the whole antenna issue boils down to is this… Many customers are experiencing an erroneous antenna signal. You may see five bars of antenna and really, your signal is only about two or three bars worth. To top it off, the controversial antenna band, when covered by a finger, decreases the antenna bars. That makes customers think they are losing antenna strength when they, in fact, are only seeing the actual antenna strength they had to begin with.

There is a promised software update for the iPhone 4, that will fix the incorrect signal display. At this point there isn’t too much information about the software patch fixing the dead spot on the antenna surrounding the phone—more specifically the bottom left hand corner…

Right now, we will all have to be patient and wait and see what happens. Do you have an iPhone 4? Are you experiencing any trouble? Let me know!

-Kelly Brummett

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