Cut the Cord in Greater Baltimore

Free TV in Baltimore

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Want free TV instead of a cable bill in the Baltimore TV market?  Solid Signal has everything you need to cut the cord in the “City of Neighborhoods.”

Baltimore is a rather unique city by almost any standard.  It’s an independent city, which means it’s not part of any county, and it’s the largest of such cities in the U.S.  Baltimore is also the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The city has been home to many famous residents over the years, including Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Hamilton, Frederick Douglass, and H.L. Mencken.  More recent celebrities include Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, and John Waters.  In addition to history, Baltimore has a diverse economy that’s supported by jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math.  The city also has its share of theaters, museums, and festivals that bring people together.

While Baltimore is steeped in American history, it’s also a great place to watch TV.  The transmitters of several local TV stations are on Television Hill in Catonsville and a few other areas.  These broadcast towers transmit a wide variety of free HDTV on a number of channels and sub-channels.  With a TV antenna and some other equipment, you can enjoy all this free local programming.  It’s called “cutting the cord,” and many in the greater Baltimore area are doing it.  This is why you’re probably seeing TV antennas atop your neighbors’ houses.  If you want free TV in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, it’s time to cut the cord.

 

The Baltimore TV Market

The TV Market in Baltimore

If you call the greater Baltimore media market your home, you live in the city or one of the 11 counties in Maryland that surround it.  Your home is one of the more than 1,119,000 households, and you’re one of the area’s 2.7 million residents.  When it comes to local TV programming, there’s plenty of free TV to entertain you in your hometown.  Here’s a look at most of what’s available in the greater Baltimore area: 

Station

Ch.

RF

Network

HD?

Lang.

Tower Location

WMAR-DT

2.1

38

ABC

HD

English

Television Hill

WMAR-DT2

2.2

38

Laff

SD

English

Television Hill

WMAR-DT3

2.3

38

Bounce

SD

English

Television Hill

WBAL-DT

11.1

11

NBC

HD

English

Television Hill

WBAL-DT2

11.2

11

MeTV

SD

English

Television Hill

WJZ-DT

13.1

13

CBS

HD

English

Television Hill

WJZ-DT2

13.2

13

Decades

SD

English

Television Hill

WMPT-DT

22.1

42

PBS

HD

English

Annapolis

WMPT-DT2

22.2

42

PBS Encore

SD

English

Annapolis

WMPT-DT3

22.3

42

V-me

SD

Spanish

Annapolis

WUTB-DT

24.1

41

My Network TV

HD

English

Catonsville

WUTB-DT2

24.2

41

Grit TV

SD

English

Catonsville

WUTB-DT3

24.3

41

ASN Channel

SD

English

Catonsville

WUTB-DT4

24.4

41

GetTV

SD

English

Catonsville

WMDE-DT

36.1

5

WMDE

HD

English

Wye Mills, MD

WBFF-DT

45.1

46

FOX

HD

English

Television Hill

WBFF-DT2

45.2

46

Weather Nation TV

SD

English

Television Hill

WBFF-DT3

45.3

46

This TV

SD

English

Television Hill

WNUV-DT

54.1

40

The CW

HD

English

Television Hill

WNUV-DT2

54.2

40

Antenna TV

SD

English

Television Hill

WNUV-DT3

54.3

40

Comet TV

SD

English

Television Hill

WMPB-DT

67.1

29

PBS

HD

English

Owings Mills

WMPB-DT2

67.3

29

PBS Encore

SD

English

Owings Mills

*The Baltimore area has additional low-powered TV stations not listed here. As a cord-cutter, you might or might not be able to receive some or all of the programming from these stations, depending upon a variety of factors.

 

What’s Available in Markets Near Baltimore?

The TV market in Baltimore is big, but the one in Washington, DC is bigger. You might be able to watch TV from the nation's capital, depending on where you live in Baltimore and what type of TV antenna you have. We can help some Baltimore cord-cutters enjoy free HDTV from Washington, DC.

 

Cutting the Cord and Sports

Sports in Baltimore

Cutting the cord limits the amount of professional sports you can watch on TV.  This is due to agreements between the various teams and TV networks.  While this presents a challenge, it’s no reason not to cut the cord.  Our Baltimore Cord Cutter's Sports Guide  helps you watch your beloved Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, plus many other sports teams.

 

Your TV Antenna in Baltimore

To cut the cord, you need a TV antenna. But you can’t just buy any antenna and get the best over-the-air TV reception.  No two TV antennas are the same, and no two over-the-air viewing experiences are the same.  If you’re considering cutting the cord, keep these things in mind:

  • How far you live from your local TV transmitter locations.
  • The number of buildings, trees, and other obstructions between your home and the broadcast towers.
  • Which channels are your favorites?  This is important when choosing a VHF, UHF, or VHF/UHF antenna..

Why are these factors important?  Each one can affect the quality of your OTA TV reception and the number of TV programs you receive.  We can help you determine whether you need an indoor TV antenna or one of three types of outdoor TV antennas.  To help you better understand the process, we’ve compiled this handy guide to match you with the best TV antenna.

 

Cutting the Cord in Baltimore

A TV antenna gives you the most channels and best reception, and it eliminates your cable bills.  Do you need another reason to become a cord-cutter?  Let us match you with the best TV antenna for your situation.  If you’re moving to another TV market, we can help you there, too.  Call us at 877.312.4547 for antenna recommendations, installation guidance, and everything else you need to cut the cord.


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