Friday, October 22, 2010 How you can get free TV

I was giving my free workshop at Ryerson University, urging people to scrutinize their monthly bills and call their service providers to ask about ways to save.

You can bundle your cable or satellite TV with other telecom services to get a discount, I suggested. An audience member said he'd eliminated monthly fees altogether. How? He'd bought an antenna for his high-definition TV and was getting his signals from the air.

I asked how many others had done that. About 8 to 10 people put up their hands. I was impressed.

Where do you buy these antennas? Electronics stores sell them, as do retail chains such as Wal-Mart. An electronics retailer quoted in a Star article in May 2009 says the up-front cost is $65 to $140.

How many channels do you get? While you have to give up a few channels if you use an antenna, you still get a good selection.

October 21, 2010
By Ellen Roseman

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