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Friday, November 14, 2014

Who Needs Cable? Classic Film and TV Available for Free Over the Air!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

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Some Dish Network customers are pissed.

The satellite provider with 14 million subscribers, is embroiled in a bitter and public dispute with Turner Broadcasting. As the finger pointing escalates, fans of iconic channels such as CNN, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and others are left in the dark — they've all been dropped from the Dish lineup.

Over at Direct TV, there are rumblings that AMC, home to the wildly popular The Walking Dead, might soon be dropped from the Direct line-up. In fact, these disputes have become commonplace, along with rising prices.

Tired of it all? Just want to watch your favorite shows without any hassle? Then consider television's new-old frontier: digital sub-channels. 

If you have a digital (aka high definition) TV, then head over to Best Buy and get a set of digital rabbit ears. After, you've attached them, hit the menu option on your TV's remote and choose the search/scan for channels option. Ta da! TV channels  over the air for free! (Note: this won't work on an old, standard-def TV; you must have a digital reciever).

Here are some of the goodies you can peruse with your new toy:

ME TV (Memorable Entertainment Television) Available on channel 20.2
Maybe the best known digital subchannel, ME TV is a subchannel of KOFY TV. KOFY's main programming can still be found on channel 20.1, but switch to 20.2 and you get the awesome delights of ME TV. Saturday nights are sci-fi and superhero night, with nostalgic classics like The Adventures of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Star Trek (the original) and the fabulous Svengoolie, a goofy ghoul who hosts screenings of Universal Studios monster flicks from the '30s and '40s. 

ME's schedule includes classics like I Love Lucy, That Girl, Petticoat Junction, Gilligan's Island, and drama series like Perry Mason, Naked City, Route 66, and Boris Karloff Presents Thriller.

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Antenna TV: Available on channel 4.3
Affiliated with KRON, Antenna TV is much like ME TV — supernatural sitcoms Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie air daily, as do many of the groundbreaking shows of producer Norman Lear: All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and Sanford and Son. You can also expect to see Three's Company and black-and-white classics like Alfred Hitchcock Present, Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Bachelor Father, Father Knows Best, The Patty Duke Show among others. Sally Field fans take note: Antenna TV is THE place to see both Gidget and The Flying Nun!

Get TV: available on channel 14.3
Channel 14, the local affiliate for the Spanish language network Univision, is also the home for the recently launched classic film network Get TV. Owned by Sony, which holds the entire Columbia Pictures library, Get TV is the place to see the entire history of the iconic movie studio. Films from the early 1930s through the late 1970s are shown 24/7. Saturdays are all westerns all day long. Get TV is the perfect antidote for Dish subscribers who need their TCM fix — they even do a star of the month series like TCM — this month Get honors the beloved 1950s comedienne Judy Holiday. They also air movie marathons tied in with specific holidays: on Halloween viewers were treated to The Return of the Vampire (1943, with Bela Lugosi) The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958, with Peter Cushing) and William Castle's 13 Ghosts. Boo!
Rumor has it that Get TV will be adding films from the Warner Brothers library to the mix. 
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Cozi TV: available on channel 11.2
Affiliated with KNTV, the Bay Area's NBC station, Cozi is an action centric network showing some the the fast paced, fun, campy thrillers that were popular decades ago. The Avengers, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, Magnum PI, and others — they're all here. Cozi also has a few sitcoms, like the awesome The Dick Van Dyke Show and Here's Lucy, Lucille Ball's third sitcom. Cozi airs movies during late-night hours.

The Works: available on channel 38.6
The Works is the newest addition to the digital subchannel family. The programming is exactly what its name implies: the works — a little bit of everything. Low budget '60s horror films with Boris Karloff/Vincent Price, westerns, action flicks from the '70s and '80s, and even a few TV series: Saturday mornings are your chance to see Science Fiction Theater, a somewhat forgotten anthology series from the '50s. Works' website tells us that the spooky, ooky Addams Family is coming soon.  Oh yes, they even have a talk show: Huff Post Live, a syndicated and reasonably intelligent chat fest which comes courtesy of Huffington Post.

So take that cable box and toss it! There's plenty to watch, and it's all free!         


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