Amazingly with only 2 weeks until NFL TWC and CBS have not settled their differences over re-transmission fees. And even more surprising is TWC’s pro-cord cutter interim solution: offering free antennas to subscribers affected by the blackout.
The free antennas are rabbit ears by the way, which depending on your distance to the broadcast tower might not work so great. But as long as it is free why not give it a try and see if you can receive your local CBS station.
If you get a blank screen or occasional freeze frames get a better antenna. A basic roof-mount always works better than indoor models. Check out antenna web for specific advice.
If you live an a city served by Aereo you might give their $8/month service a try. Unfortunately Aereo covers only four metro areas today.
Contributor Bob has often suggested filmon as an alternative. I’m watching a clear stream of local KTLA at the moment. Unfortunately I don’t see any CBS channels in the listing. Let me know in the comments if I’m missing something.
Although not a cord cutter choice, you could always do what CBS is suggesting and switch to another provider. In most TWC cities those would include either U-Verse or Fios, DirecTV and Dish. If that battle gets too close to NFL week 1 we sill no doubt see subscribers jump ship. Has anyone done this yet?
There is also DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket or as I have suggested connecting the $99 mobile version to your TV.
Perhaps the last choice is the unauthorized streaming option. Quality tends to be very bad on these with lots of freezes and really low resolution.
Do you have any other options? let me know if the comments below.
Week 1 NFL 2013 TV Schedule:
|Thursday, Sep. 05|
|Baltimore at Denver||8:30 pm||NBC||Sports Authority Field|
|Sunday, Sep. 08|
|New England at Buffalo||1:00 pm||CBS||Ralph Wilson Stadium|
|Tennessee at Pittsburgh||1:00 pm||CBS||Heinz Field|
|Tampa Bay at N.Y. Jets||1:00 pm||FOX||MetLife Stadium|
|Atlanta at New Orleans||1:00 pm||FOX||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Kansas City at Jacksonville||1:00 pm||CBS||EverBank Field|
|Seattle at Carolina||1:00 pm||FOX||Bank of America Stadium|
|Cincinnati at Chicago||1:00 pm||CBS||Soldier Field|
|Miami at Cleveland||1:00 pm||CBS||FirstEnergy Satdium|
|Minnesota at Detroit||1:00 pm||FOX||Ford Field|
|Oakland at Indianapolis||1:00 pm||CBS||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Arizona at St. Louis||4:25 pm||FOX||Edward Jones Dome|
|Green Bay at San Francisco||4:25 pm||FOX||Candlestick Park|
|N.Y. Giants at Dallas||8:30 pm||NBC||AT&T Stadium|
|Monday, Sep. 09|
|Philadelphia at Washington||7:10 pm||ESPN||FedEx Field|
|Houston at San Diego||10:20 pm||ESPN||Qualcomm Stadium|