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Can you get local stations with no cable on a smart tv?

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  1. pnj

    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    The girl wants to get a new tv for christmas. We're looking at a Samsung smart tv or something. We don't want to pay for cable but she wants to get local shows/channels.

    Is this possible or can you only use cable/internet(hulu, netflix,etc) with these smart tv's?
     

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    i have a smart tv and while nice, you can get a non- smart tv and a chromecast for less than the smart tv itself. granted there's limited support at the moment, and i don't think that amazon prime streaming will be supported in the future.

    the "smart" functionality is on top of the basic tv functions, not in place of, so in theory you'd be OK. local channels are only broadcast OTA. i think you need one of those digital antenna thingers.
     
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    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    I want to buy it from amazon so I can use my CC.

    I can't find a non-smart tv on amazon.... :/
     
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    try harder. they're there.
     
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    what streaming services do you want to be able to use with it?
     
  6. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    You can get local broadcast stations by just using a digital antenna, pick one up off Amazon.
     
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    do you have one plugged into your cerebellum interface so you can receive your OTA binary visions?
     
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    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    We currently have amazon video, netflix and hulu but the girlly wants to watch local tv crap shows that are not on or available on those.

    like wheel or fortune or some crap. Judge judy? I dunno. she let's me do things to her girlly parts (among other things) so I don't question her horrible tv viewing choices...;)
     
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    amazon is the only one of those that isn't on chromecast, so there's that. not sure if it's a deal breaker for you.

    what size/specs/brand tv are you looking at?
     
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    i just bought a samsung un55fh6003 off amazon. Non smart hdtv
     
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    that's one of the ones i'm looking at.
     
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    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    I can already hook my laptop up to any tv to watch hulu/netflixs/internet anything so that is not relevant to me.

    the question is, can my girl watch sh1tty tv shows that are broadcast locally such as jeoprady/wheel/judge judy/etc?

    The answer seems to be "yes, with an antenna".

    What antenna would I need to use/buy?

    Samsung something something is what I was looking at. Blackfriday deal thing and it's 'smart'...
     
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    digital anteanna since OTA broadcasts are no longer analog
     
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    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    jeopardy isn't stupid!
     
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    Yes as Binary Visions said. Just pick up a digital antenna. I bought mine for 29.00 bucks. picks up 14 local channels of crap.
     
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    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Lifehacker has endorsed a couple:

    http://lifehacker.com/5891870/the-m...in-hd-antenna-thats-perfect-for-cable-cutters
    http://lifehacker.com/5918229/the-c...erful-as-they-come-makes-cutting-cable-a-snap

    I keep thinking about ditching cable... just can't find a good substitute for live sports.
     
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    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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  19. pnj

    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    ok, $400 bucks spent for tv and antenna recommended by BV. Prolly won't pick up any signals but whateva, new tv, bitches! (girl will be happy...)