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Is there a way I can get OTA tv with my viasat internet for free
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Roku offers some network streaming for free, I believe.  Keep in mind that streaming burns through your ViaSat data, and very quickly if done in HD.  
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Yes.  Pluto and Tubi TV are on the Roku. 
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Pluto is pretty cool. Awkward commercial cuts and some just repeat for 1-2 minutes but for free it's pretty cool.
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Maybe with something like this???

https://www.airtv.net
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I hooked one of these up for my parents the other day:


https://www.channelmaster.com/Digital...


They live 30 miles from Baton Rouge and about 65 miles from New Orleans. With the antenna on a 20 ft pole and pointed at New Orleans they get 47 channels including all of the Baton Rouge and New Orleans stations.
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I have a TV antenna to receive my local channels, no need for any internet connection to get those channels for free.
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Why pay $100 extra to use a TV antenna? Get a Roku and an antenna and have a better set-up.
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My antenna is 40 years old, so its cost is very little.
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Paying $100 for an Airtv box seems like an unnecessary piece of equipment.  Just use a cheap antenna.
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I get 19 channels.  If I turn my antenna a little bit, I can get another eight or so, but I lose some of the other 25 at the same time.  Currently, the main ones I don't get are Fox, PBS, and the sub channels of both.

I've no doubt that I could get more with the antenna mentioned above by Stephen, or even one of those wall ones, as I live the side of a hill facing the city and all of the broadcast towers.  

Actually, I might even be able to pick up a few stations from Hamilton and Toronto.  I used to be able to on analog TV when I was a kid.  
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Above, I meant I lose some of the other 19, not 25.  I can get 25 altogether.  It's actually six that I can get if I turn the antenna, not eight.  I just went through and checked them all to make sure.  
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Others may benefit from this, OP might not:

I use two generic antennas from the 70s on same mast.
Each aimed towards the different towers direction.

Then combine them with a COMBINER device, up on roof, that looks similar to an old fashioned splitter.
A splitter will not work as a combiner, I tried.

This is the one I have been using for better than 15 years:
https://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=CC7870 
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Before you buy an antenna, you need to know if there are any towers that you can get. In my area there are none, no height tower, no fancy antenna, and no booster will get anything (well, aside from -maybe PBS, but not likely).
Digital conversion was too costly, shut down the only rebroadcast tower over a decade ago, about 40 miles away. There are low power transmitters by the bigger town, but max range is only about 25 miles. Real towers are over 70 miles away, terrain, hills limit transmission.

Check on tvfool or antennaweb.
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As long as you use satellite internet I don't think you will ever be satisfied with any OTA service that requires internet access to function.  You can install the OTA antenna noted above or subscribe to a satellite TV service like Dish or DirecTV.  I use both methods,,,I have an OTA antenna that I point toward Montgomery and get all their locals plus I get Birmingham locals from Dish network..With Dish network DVR receivers you can connect the coax from the OTA antenna and scan for those channels and the Dish DVR adds them to the On-Screen-Guide..so you then get the OTA channels, including their sub-channels listed with descriptions of the programs just like regular channels carried by your Dish subscriptions, including DVR recording of any OTA channel you select..

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Glad you have so much extra money for watching TV but I don't have that luxury. Did you not understand the FREE part of my question?
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There are some, like me, that can't get a single over the air channel. This only got worse when the switch to HD occurred. I wouldn't mind getting different OTA HD channels over the internet myself, since DIrectv is VERY restrictive on what channels I get. 2 miles to my north, neighbors get a completely different set of channels!
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It really depends on your level of skill along with what components you already have to set it up to whether it's free or not. You can set up a mythtv DVR on a computer you already have. https://www.mythtv.org/ You'll need an antenna and the ability to hook it up to your PC. You'll need a USB TV tuner.

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Can't I just use some kind of splitter? Does an old school RF modulator work anymore?
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Again, I asked for a FREE way to do this! Buying a DVR or laptop or anything else is not a FREE solution! Thanks for your answer but it doesn't help me in the least bit!
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Wow, Stephen McKenney.  Perhaps you're having a bad day or something, but that's no excuse to spit venom at people who are simply trying to help you.  You didn't say anything about not wanting to have to buy any equipment.  You simply asked, "Is there a way I can get OTA tv with my viasat internet for free", which is open to interpretation as to whether you're referring to everything, or just a service.

Three suggestions...

One:  If you're going to dump on people who are simply trying to help you, but don't interpret your open ended question exactly the way you meant it, either be more specific with your original question or don't bother asking the question in the first place.  

Two:  Learn about a thing called common courtesy.  You know, that concept that we all demonstrated in our replies to you when we took the time out of our day to try to help you.  

Three:  Grow up.    
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Tis the weekend!
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There is no particularly free option. You can buy something like clearstream tv https://www.amazon.com/ClearStream-Adapter-Connects-Antenna-Recordings/dp/B075SYDF1G and it will stream over your in home wifi setup to a tv. $75 or so no need for a PC. You can use a computer you already own and set up a mythtv, there is a windows version and you'll need usb tv tuner which you cn find for under $50. You can pay for a service that offer locals. $20 for sling tv is the cheapest I think. CBS all access which I think is around 6 dollars comes with your local CBS channel as a streaming option.
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OP - you can't. By definition, OTA = Over The Air.  This is why many posts mentioned OTA antennas - they are cheap and don't consume the data. You can't watch Over The Air transmission through satellite dish, period.

Now, watching "local" TV programming (this is what OTA towers normally transmit) - yes you can, with internet and Roku with new free Sling app. 
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Really, Al?  Semantics?  People knew exactly what the OP meant and many gave ways to do it.  And this thread is 5 months old.  SMH.  

Yep, it's the weekend!  
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Gabe - I would call it "literacy".  Semantics is something different. The fundamentals of satellite TV and radio transmission didn't change in 5 months, no :) ? Have a nice weekend too.
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Well, Al, semantics is the proper term, as you didn't seem to comprehend the meaning of the OP's question.  The rest of us did.  I'm sure your reply will be of great help to the OP, five months after the question had already been thoroughly answered.  SMH. 
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good luck mr FREE FREE FREE
maybe hook some coax to a friggen coat hanger and point it at the nearest city, or is a coat hanger too expensive?
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Another possibility for truly FREE would be to use the aluminum foil that was used to cook the Thanksgiving turkey on the end of a piece of coax connected to your TV. Recycling has its rewards.

If you do go the coat hanger route, be sure t o use a metal one, those plastic ones don't work as an antenna.
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That turkey wasn't free.
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No, but it was certainly good.

Time for more popcorn. Have an entertaining weekend.
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Is the popcorn free?
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No but the Christmas Ham will be free , the hog I put in the freezer  and, am curing a ham off of, killed a couple days ago only cost 42 cents for the whole pig. (it was a wild hog, I reload the brass and, 42 cents is the cost of the bullet and powder that killed the hog.)
I can afford to give that ham away. :)
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Yea. You will get a lot of channels with that. But that is not FREE!! You have to invest in parts to make it!
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If you do go the coat hanger route, be sure t o use a metal one, those plastic ones don't work as an antenna.
So THAT'S why mine's not picking anything up.  SMH.  

I thought they had all gone off the air or something!  

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Is that what my problem was,? Thanks EINSTEIN!
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I'm just here for the free ham and other free stuff - where can a get the free splitter?
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"done FREE with just a regular old splitter?"
Splitter, RF modulator, need something to connect to, ...like an antenna.  Which Viasat has nothing to do with, so it seems outside your original request.

"Cable I got rid of left it on my friggin house"
You had cable, and they left it on your house.  So, you disconnected service, and are you saying you tapped into that?  Do they offer a free package?  Are you saying you are stealing cable?  Or, is that cable also tied into an antenna?

"I won't tell you how to do it cause you're a jerk!"
Almost everyone here already knows how to do it, apparently, since you asked, you are the one that didn't.  If there was cable left on someone's "friggin" house, most here would know how to tie into it, but most wouldn't steal service (if that's what you're implying).  And many here don't have access to cable anyway, and, people wouldn't know that you had access to it.

You've already been told what was needed to be done.  OTA channels are ...OTA, you need an antenna.  Online?  That uses data, Viasat isn't good for a lot of live streaming, at least most plans.  Option one, as mentioned, check your tv station websites, and the handy way is get a ROKU or something then install the network apps for the national programs.  Depending on your local channel, content will vary.  My "local" channel is not close to me, and they offer short news clips of some content, very little.

But, you want totally free, not buy anything at all first, in addition to free programming (which most normal people would assume what you meant).  You can get free trials for online services, such as Hulu or Directv now.  Depending on your area, they may have locals.  Granted, short term trial, but there's a free way to get them.  So, that is a totally free option, since that's what you asked about.

Edit:  By the way, thanks for the entertainment.


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Tis the weekend you know.

I am going shopping. That won't be free :(,
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Don't forget to get some more popcorn, 'tis the weekend!
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I ate at the shelter just like most of the guys on here! So the turkey WAS FREE! They wouldn't let us have aluminum foil that day though. I guess it's just for Christmas...
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Ok,this is how I accomplished this mind bending task. Take the cable coming from outside. Screw it in the input of splitter. Output one side to the modem/router. The other to antenna "in" on TV. Next,put tv on cable setting and do channel scan. You will have tv you never knew you could. You may have to switch input method but try on TV setting first. Let me know if it works for you.
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No one suggested this because doing so would NEVER be recommended.  ViaSat is installed as a standalone system for a reason, and tapping into to try to use the dish for broadcast TV can not only screw up your internet, it may very well void your ViaSat warranty.    

SMH.  
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I wasn't clear if it was the Viasat cable, because he said before (I think it was stated above a post image that was deleted) that the cable he's talking about was "Cable I got rid of left it on my friggin house", implying it was just hanging there not being used from a cable install, perhaps....  But, attaching it to a modem and getting internet, has to be the Viasat one.... 

So, basically, using a currently in use Viasat dish as a homemade antenna, splitting the signal and transmission voltage/signals being fed into/siphoned off into the tv (think that would cause issues there, if not immediately, eventually).  ...fascinating....  And seemingly proud that an OTA antenna doesn't use data from Viasat (as if it would use data in the first place...).  I can't fathom how anyone could think it would be a good idea to do that (if that's what was done...).

I don't know, I haven't thought about it since there are no broadcast stations here, but if I was needing an OTA antenna, and I didn't have a dime to my name, I think I'd find myself a pair of rabbit ears in Goodwill or somewhere for a nickel, and not tie into the few hundred dollar system that's not designed to be a tv antenna, that I would have to pay for if I cause damage....

Anyway, good times.
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The simple andswer to your question is no. You are likely on the cheapest plan Viasat offers, which is not suitable for streaming tv channels, free or even paid channels.
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Another one who is WRONG!!!! Sorry but this old dude went old school and it's working great! 0.0$ Oh yeah,no data either! LMAO...
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OK Mr. Freebie...it seems you'll have to see for yourself why everyone is trying to steer you away from using your Exede internet connection to stream TV programs.

Most local TV stations allow you to use your browser to stream their programs..  Go to your favorite local TV channel and when one of your favorite programs is own start streaming it to your computer...you'll have to watch it on your computer monitor..do this for a while and see why your internet will slow so much that you can hardly use it for any activity...you should also get an email from ViaSat telling you that you've used all your allotted data, which slows your speed to a crawl...

Please let us know how that works out for you.. 
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Wrong again CHAMP! My OTA tv is working great and it was FREE! Uses absolutely 0.0GB of data. Guess it worked out pretty good for me! Thanks for your concern...
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So when you said "free" you were talking about not using any of your data.  You could have said that days ago, but it's obvious that you are extremely stupid and incapable of describing what you want.  And your question was getting OTA with your Viasat internet.  Another stupid question. You will vanish like the other idiots that pop up on the weekend when the Mods get back from their coffee break.
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I was talking about not having to buy anything! Do you understand the concept of the word "FREE"? It means to spend no money.and still get something. Your generation has been raised that way. Data was
never a concern for me. Your fellow CHAMPS assumed I have the lowest amount of data and it would be used up immediately so I could not get it using Viasat! They were wrong as well. Don't quit your day job Champ!
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In other words, the original poster wants more priority data without having to pay for it.  
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The only "free" data exists during the Late night FREE zone!
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This is probably a good time as any today to remind everyone that we encourage conversation and even healthy debates but since this is a forum we (Viasat) run we do have some rules that basically equate to:

Keep it clean, keep it civil. So watch the profanity, name-calling, trolling and bickering. There's SO many other places you can do that at and you can really take off the gloves there but don't do it here. We'll remove those posts and continued violations will lead to a ban. That's sort of us saying to "take it outside". Anyway some posts were removed and warnings issued so let's just move forward. I want to keep this thread alive because it's a pretty good question. 

With that said, It sounds like Stephen is looking for getting local channels online for free and I think there were quite a few suggestions made both free and some that may require a fee. Personally I've been trying to do this at home too and I found that it really depends on your set-up and Designated Market Area (aka what city you have your ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates) largely. To get any sort of OTA feed using our service you'll need to pull it either with a device on your TV or computer (hopefully one method is with your current supplies)

If you want to watch on your computer or a laptop, there's a few websites that will probably have your local channels via a streamed OTA feed (like Vet's suggestion) those sites are sometimes a whack-a-mole game as some come and go and may not have local coverage. Some may have a fee which is not what he was looking for. 

If you have a TV with a device already like Roku, Fire TV or if it's a smart TV I don't think there's a continuous feed app for free at least not one I'm aware of. Some city affiliates will have their local news app which will stream live newscasts but not prime time coverage. Some free channel apps may offer a live feed too (ie ABC app, CBS app, PBS etc) but some do live streams others just sort of have a on-demand collection. So you may have to end up doing a local/national coverage split (like your local news channel app for news and the network's app for any prime time coverage). 

Hope that helps! By all means if you find something that works please share it!
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Dude at this point it's not even clear what you actually want. Above you talk about splitting into the viasat coax. You can do this but it's inadvisable. It will work, just like it works with a satellite tv system. On a  satellite tv you wouldn't even have an issue as long as you hooked it up right. On a satellite tv system would could even split thru it to hook up an additional service such as satellite radio (sirius XM) with no degradation.  Viasat is a two way communication. By attaching your antenna you are adding noise to the line. Your viasat system isn't optimized for this extra noise. The quality of your internet will degrade due to this. It will void the warranty of the original install. It shouldn't void the warranty of the modem (should some act of god happen and in the event everything was hooked up by you properly), but don't quote me on that. Anyway best of luck.
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Maybe, if you try this solution:


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