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Titan TV Guide

If you don't need a DVR, and your TV doesn't have a TV Guide built in, you can jump on the Internet and go to Titan TV and setup the online TV Guide for "Broadcast" and "Sacramento-Stockton Metro" area.

Plus, if you are looking for a particular TV show or movie, you can use Titan TV's "search for programming" feature to see when it's on and on what channel.

If you have a smartphone, you can even download the TitanTV app.




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Did you know you can get up to 20+ free, local over-the-air (OTA) TV channels in Solano and Yolo Counties, and most of them in high-definition (HD)? All you need is a $50-$60 TV antenna and a digital-ready TV.

With OTA TV, you will have access to:

No National Programming:
You do NOT get the national cable/satellite networks like Fox News, MSNBC, The Food Network, History Channel, etc., but you can watch many pre-recorded episodes of those networks online via Internet TV (iTV).

HOWEVER, coming in early 2015, SlingTV will be offering live streaming TV from ESPN, ABC Family, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, TNT, and TBS for $20/month. All you will need is a Roku or AppleTV and the SlingTV app.

No Live Monday Night Football:
The other drawback is that you do NOT have live access to live MNF. You could get a subscription to Game Rewind (from NFL.com) but the games are recorded and aired 24 hours later (not live games) and you have to watch them on your tablet PC. You will, however, get all of the regular Sunday NFL games as well as Thursday Night Football and most baseball and basketball games. You can also subscribe to many sports events (including MLB, NFL, etc.) via a subscription online.

HOWEVER, coming in early 2015, SlingTV will be offering live streaming TV from ESPN (MNF, TNF), ABC Family, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, TNT, and TBS for $20/month. All you will need is a Roku or AppleTV and the SlingTV app.

As a last resort, you can always listen to local games via online radio through KNBR68's Listen Live.

 


do it yourself setup

CHECK: The first thing you want to do is go to the FCC DTV website or TVFool.com and plug-in your street address. Or go to AntennaPoint.com and just enter your zip code. That will give you an idea of the channels you can get.




BUY: Next, buy a TV antenna! It's about $50. We've tested TV antennas and have found the following to work well for Solano County:
 
The $50 RCA ANT751R Outdoor Antenna Optimized for Digital Reception (shown above) for Solano County and most Yolo County customers aiming for the Sacramento broadcast towers. Alternatively, the $60 Winegard HD7694P High Definition VHF/UHF Antenna (shown above) if you want to hang it in your attic.

Tip: DO NOT go overboard on the antenna strength or start off with amplifiers and signal boosters. Adding too far-reaching an antenna or adding amplifiers might actually make your signal worse! Start off with the basic antenna and only amplify the signal if you find you need to. Else you'll get interference, distortion, and other poor picture quality effects.


DIY INSTALL: If you have an old, unused satellite dish on your roof, just take the old reflector off (leave the mount and coax cable for re-use), hang the TV antenna in that spot, point it toward the Sacramento coordinates from the FCC DTC website (Step 1), and connect the coaxial cable from the old satellite dish to the new TV antenna. Since the cabling and antenna arm are already installed from the satellite, most of the hard work is already done.

NOTE: DO NOT cut the end off the coax cable. Unscrew the coax cable from the reflector dish. You will need it for the TV antenna.

Or you could install the antenna in your attic and run cables from there.

If you have an active satellite TV subscription and don't want to remove the dish until you have tested the OTA TV antenna, then just mount the OTA antenna to the satellite mount (below the dish) or on a pole, and temporarily use the coax cable from the dish for the antenna. Remember to disconnect the coax inside from the dish DVR.




CONNECT UP: Inside the house, run a coaxial cable from the wall jack to the back of your TV. Set the TV to "antenna" and scan for channels. Then adjust the antenna for the best signal strength for the channels you want. You may need to repeat the aiming and scanning a few times.

If you have a newer TV, it's likely a digital-ready TV. If you have an old-school, analog TV, you will need a digital-to-analog signal converter box. The one I tested is a Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box (for Antenna Use).

Tip: We found that Fox 40.1 is the hardest channel to get, so find the BEST signal for Fox 40.1 and the rest of the channels should come in fine.

 




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