|AntennasDirect's CS4, one of the many antenna models|
available for those who would rather get their local programs
over the air for free.
I don't blame you for being upset, but at this point, maybe you're ready to try an alternative ... perhaps an antenna? If you have an antenna, in many cases you can get all of your local channels (as well as subchannels not offered by Dish) for free.
If you don't have one, they're available at many stores such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, RadioShack and others, as well as online from AntennasDirect and many other companies. And they come in many shapes and sizes. (You can even build your own, if you're so inclined.)
Will an antenna work for you? That's a question many readers ask me, and fortunately there is a resource I trust more than any other: TVFool.com's mapping feature. (You can try it by clicking here.)
What you'll do is type in your address and click Enter (if you know your coordinates, you can use those, too); the map will come up with a default antenna height of 10 feet. You can adjust height for your own situation and it will show you the channels you should be able to pick up.
I've found that it's accurate, easy to understand and quite handy.
The closer you live to the transmitters, it's likely that you'll only need a small antenna. Larger ones would be needed as you get farther away; that's where the color coding on the maps comes in real handy.
Check it out!
Check it out!