Why can't I receive ABC TV?
March 10, 2010 1:36 PM Subscribe
I don't pay for cable but receive nearly all of the basic channels (CBS, NBC, Fox, etc) by simply plugging my high speed internet cable into the back of my TV. I don't get ABC though. A few questions..
posted by gfrobe to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
When I purchased my HDTV, I installed a splitter on to my internet cable, ran a coaxial into the back of my TV and voila, I got crystal clear reception of most of the basic stations. I did not receive ABC though. Last week, Cablevision temporarily dropped ABC and after they reached an agreement, I magically started receiving ABC, although it was pixelating a bit. However, for some reason, it's now completely gone again.
I have a quality splitter (Monster Gold) and just upgraded the cable that runs to the TV to a RG 6 coaxial (it was the older style 59 before) but still no ABC.
First question is, am I violating any cable rules by splitting the cable and running a wire into my TV? If not, would it be completely ridiculous for me to complain to Cablevision that I'm not receiving ABC? The reason I ask is that I read somewhere that the FCC has mandated that cable companies provide a strong enough signal for customers to at least receive the major networks.
If complaining is a no go, anything else I can do to get tune in ABC? I went out last week and purchased an HD antenna and was not even able to get CBS or NBC with that. And I'd rather avoid the $16 a month charge to subscribe to basic cable just to get ABC.