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How Cablevision customers can still catch Fox shows

A television set installed with a digital converter

A television set installed with a digital converter box, left, produced a superior image when compared to the analog version of the same channel. (April 23, 2008) Photo Credit: AP

Here are some alternate ways for Giants, "Glee" and Ernie Anastos fans who are Cablevision customers to watch their shows even though News Corp. pulled Fox programming in a fee dispute.

1. Free over-the air digital TV
As they have been since the dawn of TV, all local channels are broadcast free over the air -- but you'll now need a digital converter to receive them. If you have an HDTV, chances are it has an HD tuner (ATSC) built in. If this is the case, all you need is a $25 "rabbit ears" HD antenna that can be bought at your local Radio Shack. Just make sure you also pick up a coaxial cable to connect the TV to the antenna.

If you have an older TV without a built-in tuner, you can still pick up the free over-the-air HD channels with a combination of a digital converter box that can be found at Best Buy or Radio Shack for $60, and the HD antenna.

If you're unsure whether your TV has a built-in tuner, just Google the TV's model number and "ATSC digital tuner."

2. Stream over the Internet
There are dozens of sites online dedicated to streaming live TV, though their legality is in dispute. The quality of the streams isn't always great, but if you have a solid Internet connection, the broadcast can border on HD-like quality. As a bonus, most HDTVs can connect to laptops via VGA or HDMI connections.

Episodes are normally posted two days or more after the episode airs, with the last five episodes usually available to stream on demand.

Hulu.com also offers the same free streaming service of some Fox shows, as well as those of other broadcast channels.

There are also dozens of sites online that stream live TV, although their legality is in dispute. The quality of the streams aren't always great, but if you have a solid Internet connection, the broadcast can border on HD-like quality.

To replicate the TV viewing experience with these streaming sites, most HDTVs can connect to laptops via VGA or HDMI connections.

3. Go to a bar/ restaurant 
Most bars and restaurants are set up to deal with these sorts of blackouts. They either have a dedicated computer connected to their TVs or have a large outdoor antenna for the free over-the-air broadcasts.

4. Watch later on fox.com and hulu.com

 Most Fox shows are also available on Fox.com and hulu.com, although not immediately after they've aired on TV. Episodes are normally posted two days or more after the episode airs, with the last five episodes usually available to stream on demand.

 5. Buying videos on iTunes and Amazon.com 
iTunes and Amazon carry full episodes of Fox shows that you can download in HD for $2.99 an episode. Each episode is posted a week after the original aired. The latest "Glee," "House," "Raising Hope," and "Lie to Me" episodes are currently available, among others.


***Cablevision is the parent company of Newsday.

 


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