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Friday, December 31, 2010

Simplify Your Life With a Universal Remote!

Dad, tell me again how when you were my age you had
to walk all the way across the room to change a channel?
So, you finally got that ginormous big screen TV you've been drooling all over. And an awesome network enabled Blu-ray player. After a week in wiring hell, you've finally got it all hooked up with your antenna, network cables, Xbox, PS3, the cable or satellite box, surround sound system and DVR. And here's what you've got sitting on the arm of your La-Z-Boy recliner: 7 remote controls that completely won't get along, much like your totally dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Everybody hates you, and it's all your fault. The only time they even talk to you is when they want to change the channel - because you're the only one that knows exactly which remote does what.

 Fear not, for the solution to your woes is as near as your favorite electronics or discount store, or or online retailer. It's a  universal remote control, and it can cost you less than $20 for a basic learning remote up to several hundreds of dollars for a remote that will do everything but mow your lawn.

But before you rush out and buy something, here's a few things you should know...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Make Your Own TV Antenna

If you want to try free OTA digital TV, but don't want to spend a lot of money, here's a project that will only cost you a few dollars and about a half hour of your time. Keep in mind that this antenna is NOT for outdoor use, but it is great for mounting in a closet, in your attic, or it could even be hidden in a picture frame with a little modification. It's also a great way to see how many TV channels you can get for free before investing in a commercial antenna.

You could easily re-design this antenna using durable materials to make it suitable for outdoor use.

Watch the video here:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weigel Broadcasting Co. Seeks Affiliates For its Classic TV Network, ‘Me-TV’

If you broadcasters out there in TV Land are listening (and I know you are) here's yet another opportunity to add subchannel programming to your revenue stream: The Me-TV Network, featuring classic television programming. Me-TV is from one of the partners who created the ThisTV Network that features mostly movies.

Here is Weigel Broadcasting's press release:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

AntennaTV Network: Commercial


Antenna TV: Announcement / Commercial


video

All the greatest shows from the golden age of TV will soon be coming to a TV antenna near most of you, on The AntennaTV Network in January! See their 1st quarter 2011 schedule HERE

What, you say you don't have an antenna? Time to get one!

Northern Utah viewers, AntennaTV will be a sub-channel of FOX 13. Viewers in other parts of the country, check to see if there is an affiliate in your area HERE.

Previously on Cache Free TV: Antenna TV Coming Soon to Fox13

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Netflix vs Blockbuster: ...and the Winner Is? (as if you didn't know)

Here's a review I wrote for www.DTVusaforum.com:

About a month ago, I started a one month free trial on both Netflix and Blockbuster. Guess Who won?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Save money... get HDTV for free!

Here's a local news story about families that have cut the cable,
News Report that ran on KGW Channel 8 Portland, Oregon:




"Ugly mass of metal"? hmm, to me an antenna is beautiful. It screams "FREEDOM!"

My favorite quote, though, is "I didn't know you could still use them". Yes, you can!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Antenna TV... coming soon to FOX13!

Antenna TV, a Tribune Broadcasting Over-The Air (OTA) network, is coming to Utah, according to the Antenna TV website. It will be broadcast as a subchannel of FOX-13 KSTU, Salt Lake.

From the AntennaTV.tv website:

Tribune Broadcasting announces the launch of Antenna TV, a classic television and general entertainment movie network to air as a digital multicast on Tribune's broadcast stations beginning January 3, 2011. Antenna TV will also be offered for national distribution to non-Tribune stations.
Antenna TV will offer a combination of movies and classic television shows including: Three's Company, All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Benny Hill, Maude, The Nanny and Married with Children. Classic television series will air overnight, including: Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show and The Three Stooges.
There has been no official announcement from  KSTU or the stations owners, Local TV, LLC regarding the new addition.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Save free TV!

Save Free TV!

A commercial from the 1970's. More relevant now in 2010!

Yes, It could happen. The government and broadband providers are conspiring at this very minute to TAKE AWAY YOUR FREE BROADCAST TV, or cut the number of available channels. WHY? Because they want those channels to be SOLD to the highest bidder at auction,... So a for-profit corporation can sell it back to you as a subscription wireless internet service. Face it, the US government is deep in debt and is willing to sell almost anything for a buck.
Yes, the FCC "goon squad", AT&T, Verizon, Comcast,  Time-Warner etc, want to take your granny's TV away, and offer her to pay for tv and twitter on her fixed income. Oh, and you too!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Announcement!

I will be posting television related articles at DTV USA Forum, where I am a contributor. I will post links to relevant articles from this blog, as well as my other blogs. I will continue to work on these pages to help everyone in Logan, Cache County and Northern Utah enjoy...

But, REMEMBER, even if you don't live in these areas, there's still LOTS of good information here about CUTTING THE CABLE or DITCHING THE DISH!

And, if you would like advice on how to live below your means and pocket your savings, please visit


Coming soon to DTV USA Forum :

Do-it-yourself TV antennas! 
Build this antenna for free, or with very little out of pocket!


We'll give you instructions to build this compact 12" x 20"' DTV
urban / near suburban attic / rooftop antenna for next to nothing.
And many more, so you can enjoy FREE Digital OTA TV.
Coming soon to DTV USA Forum!

The "secret" for getting FREE HD TV

The "Secret" for Getting FREE HD TV.
 Ready?
Put a TV antenna on your roof, in your attic, or on a wall. Aim it toward your desired stations, and enjoy.

Huh? That’s it? Hey, I know what you're thinking. "My grandfather had an antenna. He got 4 stations and bad reception. That’s why we pay for TV now - more channels and HDTV. Besides, do they even do that anymore?"

This is NOT your grandfather's Antenna TV!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The TRUE cost of Pay TV


*fine print: AFTER THE 6 MONTH PROMOTIONAL PERIOD, COMCAST’S REGULAR CHARGES APPLY UNLESS SERVICE IS CANCELLED. SERVICE MAY BE CANCELLED BY CALLING 1-800-COMCAST. Comcast’s current monthly service charge ranges from $56 to $62 for Digital Starter, $72 to $78 for Digital Preferred, and $105 to $130 for Digital Premier, depending on area. Limited to service to a single outlet. Equipment, installation, taxes and franchise fees extra. May not be combined with other offers. Certain services are available separately or as a part of other levels of service. Basic Service subscription required to receive other levels of service. On Demand selections subject to charge indicated at the time of purchase. Converter and remote required to receive certain services. HD choices include HD channel lineup and HD programming available from Comcast On Demand. Choices and availability may vary by market. Call Comcast for full details and restrictions. DVR service may require a deposit. DVR service requires an additional monthly DVR service fee. Number of recording hours varies by model. Please call your local Comcast office for restrictions and complete details about service, prices and equipment. Comcast ©2010. All rights reserved. HD choices based on a comparison of satellite’s HD channel lineup to the combination of Comcast HD channel lineup and Comcast HD programming available On Demand.

Sure, that $29.95 offer from the pay TV sevices looks inviting.
But once the "promo" expires, whats it really going to gost you? Recent Surveys indicate the average pay TV subscriber pays about $70 a month. This price generally does not include "premium" channels or packages, or even an occasional Pay-Per-View. Even HD is extra for some providers. About a hundred channels, including lots of infomercial-religious-and useless,and about 4 local stations.

Welcome to Cache Free TV!

Welcome to the CACHE FREE TV blog, where we'll show you everything you need to know about how to get FREE Over-The-Air (OTA) TV using an antenna in Cache County and Northern Utah.

Here's a sample of the channels you can get for FREE
(No money, EVER) in Cache Valley, UT.


 Your results will vary depending on your location and antenna:

Cache Valley Broadcast TV Channels

Virtual Channel

Call Sign

Network

Programming Notes

Resolution

Locations

2.1

KUTV-HD

CBS

SLC CBS affiliate.

1080i

C/Fs/Fn

2.2

KUTV-DT2

MY Network/
This TV

"MyUtahTV" MyNetwork Programming weekdays, REAL Soccer.
ThisTV: weekends, Mostly  movies.

480i

C/Fs/Fn

3.1

KIDK-HD

CBS

Idaho Falls / Pocotello
CBS Affiliate

1080i

Fn/M

3.2

KXPI

MyNetworkTV

Idaho Falls / Pocotello.
Syndicated Programming.

480i

Fn/M

4.1

KTVX-HD

ABC

SLC ABC affiliate

720p

C/Fn/Fs/M

4.2

KTVX-SD

Untamed Sports

'UNTAMED SPORTS' NETWORK
Hunting / Fishing / Outdoors

480i

C/Fn/Fs/M

5.1

KSL-HD

NBC

SLC NBC affiliate

1080i

C/Fn/Fs/M

5.2

KSL-US

Universal Sports

“Universal Sports” network

480i

C/Fn/Fs/M

5.3

KSL-Wx

weather

Local weather 24/ 7

480i

C/Fn/Fs/M

6.1


KPVI-HD


NBC


Idaho NBC affiliate


1080i


M


6.2


KPVI-US


Universal Sports


“Universal Sports” network


480i


M


6.3


KPVI-TS


This TV


Mostly older and “B”
movies, all the time.


480i


M

7.1

KUED-HD

PBS

SLC PBS affiliate operated
by Utah State University

1080i

C/Fs/M

7.2

WORLD

WORLD

Programming and news from
around the world

480i

C/Fs/M

7.3

V-me

V-me

Spanish language
programming.

480i

C/Fs/M

8.1

KUTA-LP

AmericaOne

Logan Digital low-power TV
station. America One network, also broadcasts Telemundo network shows.

480i

L

9.1

KUEN-HD

PBS / UEN

“Utah Educational Network” and PBS
Educational TV and distance learning,
Public Television

480i

C

9.2

MhzWorld

MhzWorld

Programming and news from
around the world

480i

C

9.91

KUER-FM

NPR

Audio from KUER-FM, Utah
National Public Radio.
Video from 9.1 on some TVs, blank video
on others
.

480i

C

10.1

IDPTV

PBS

Idaho Public TV, standard
definition.
Children's educational programs 5 am to 5pm

480i

Fn/M

10.2

IDPTV-HD

PBS

Idaho Public TV, High
Definition.

720p

Fn/M

10.3

LEARN

LEARN

PBS LEARN

480i

Fn/M

10.4

WORLD

WORLD

Programming and news from
around the world

480i

Fn/M

11.1

KBYU-SD

KBYU / PBS

PBS programming

720p

C*/Fn/Fs/M

11.2

BYU-TV

BYU

BYU network, LDS religious
programming

720p

C*/Fn/Fs/M

11.3

Create

PBS Create

HDCreate: How-To, Cooking, Travel, etc.

480i

C*/Fn/Fs/M

11.4



Silent

480i

C*/Fn/Fs/M

13.1

KSTU-SD

FOX

AntennaTV -coming soon

480i

C/Fn/Fs/M

13.2

KSTU-DT

FOX

SLC FOX network in HD

720p

C/Fn/Fs/M

14.1

KJZZ-DT

Ind
Utah independent TV.
FORMER home
of the Utah Jazz.

720p

C/Fn/Fs/M

26.1

KCVB-LD

Ind

“The Valley Channel” All
local advertising, all the time.

480i

L

16.1


KUPX-TV


ION


Syndicated programming.


720p


M


16.2


Qubo


QUBO


Children's Programming /
Cartoons all day & night


480i


M


16.3


ION Life


ION Life


Health /  fitness /


480i


M

30.1

KUCW-DT

CW

Not Operational.*

480i?

C*

Transmitter locations:                Fs= Franklin South    Fn= Franklin North      C= Cache County (Mt. Pisgah)    M= Malad         L= Logan

* License for translator has been approved by FCC for Cache County. Waiting on funding from Cache County.

Malad Stations NOTE! - So far, nobody has reported seeing these stations, although theoretically, it is possible in certain limited locations. If you recieve these channels, please leave a comment.

If anyone notices channels missing here, please contact me so that I can update the list!

We'll start out next time with an article I wrote for my other blog, A Nickle Earned , about The True Cost of Pay TV