CT Locals Respond to TV Channels Before Cable and Internet


Now you might not even remember using a TV with just an antenna, but before cable and the Internet, it was the only way to watch your favorite shows.

This whole conversation started the other night at my house watching the Boston Yankees wild card game. The internet went down for a short while and my wife said in a moment of frustration that she wished we could go back to the TV days with just an antenna.

I told him at the time here in Connecticut and parts of the Hudson Valley, you could only get a few local channels, and most of the time the reception wasn’t that good. When we first moved here to Connecticut, and before our cable was installed, we had to rely on the TV antenna to get reception, and we only had two local channels, Channel 8 and Channel 3. She disagreed and thought people in that area got more than that.

See, we both grew up on Long Island, just outside of New York City, and it was a lot easier to get more chains. In fact, we have about 13 channels on regular VHF TV and a few public channels if you have upgraded to UHF. For the folks here in Connecticut and parts of the Hudson Valley, they haven’t been so lucky with good reception for big chains like 2, 4, 7, 9 and 11 not being as easy to find.

So like my wife always does, she posted on Facebook asking our local friends, who have lived in the area since they were kids, how many channels they got with just one TV antenna. Here are some of the answers.

  • We tried to get an antenna for our TV because our cable provider took over a month to come. We only had 1 or 2 channels with it and they weren’t too clear.
  • I grew up with the antenna. I only had a few local channels, the picture was still very blurry too.
  • In the 70s we had abc nbc cbs wnew and wpix and maybe another but not 13 channels also on channel 9.
  • We have 3 channels. That’s it.
  • 13 chains are growing in Danbury. All New York City channels.
  • 13 channels with antenna in Danbury since the beginning of time which date of my birth.
  • 13 channels and if you lived on the border you could listen to a few more on that vhf dial… .. it took a while, but you have an extra channel.
  • I grew up with an antenna so I hate to say it but I would rather have cable.
  • You have 13 channels. Then the cable came in and blocked or scrambled them all, so we only had TV if we had cable. We had a rotating antenna, all 13 channels were crisp and clear no matter the weather.

So if you remember how many channels have you had with just the TV antenna? You can always post a comment below, I’d love to hear your story.

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