Cut the Cord, Detroit!

Free TV in the Detroit Area

Detroit is known for many things, but being the birthplace of the automobile and Motown are two of its biggest accomplishments.  But did you know Detroit was the first place in America to pave a concrete road?  The city also produced the first-ever news radio broadcast.  Today, Detroit continues to be a city of innovation.  The “big three” automakers still keeps the American auto industry alive in southeastern Michigan.  Music continues to thrive in “the D” as well.  Detroit is the birthplace of techno music, which went on to become a world-wide movement.  The bottom line is that great things continue to be imagined, created, and produced in the Motor City.

Detroit is in the midst of a major revitalization.  As a result, the downtown area continues to be a destination for people looking for cuisine, arts, culture, and entertainment.  The Motor City is also a sports city.  With four major athletic teams – Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons – sports are a huge part of the culture in the Detroit-area and Michigan as a whole.  There is a lot to do in and around Detroit, but you need money to do it.  Trading cable for a TV antenna is one of the easiest ways to save $100 or more each month.  Broadcast TV is free, after all, and there’s a lot of great programming out there for you to enjoy.  Perhaps it’s time to cut the cord, Detroit! 

 

The Detroit TV Market

The TV Market in Detroit

The term “Detroit” refers to more than just the city limits.  The Motor City is surrounded by “Metro Detroit,” which is made up of 10 counties – Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Sanilac, Washtenaw, and Wayne.  If you live in the city or its suburbs, your household is one of more than 1,828,000 in the area.  That makes you one of more than 4,296,000 people who live and work in this significant Midwestern TV market. 

Cutting the cord in the Detroit area gives you a wide variety of free TV options:

Station

Ch.

RF

Network

HD?

Lang.

Tower Location

WJBK-DT

2.1

7

FOX

HD

English

Southfield

WJBK-DT2

2.2

7

Movies!

SD

Spanish

Southfield

WJBK-DT3

2.3

7

Buzzr

SD

English

Southfield

WJBK-DT4

2.4

7

Heroes & Icons

SD

English

Southfield  

WDIV-DT

4.1

45

NBC

HD

English

Southfield

WDIV-DT2

4.2

45

This TV

SD

English

Southfield

WDIV-DT3

4.3

45

MeTV

SD

English

Southfield

WXYZ-DT

7.1

41

ABC

HD

English

Southfield

WXYZ-DT2

7.2

41

Bounce TV

SD

English

Southfield

WXYZ-DT3

7.3

41

Laff

SD

English

Southfield

WMYD-DT

20.1

21

My NetworkTV

HD

English

Oak Park

WMYD-DT2

20.2

21

AntennaTV

SD

English

Oak Park

WMYD-DT3

20.3

21

Escape

SD

English

Oak Park

WPXD-DT

31.1

50

Ion

HD

English

Southfield

WPXD-DT2

31.2

50

Qubo

SD

English

Southfield

WPXD-DT3

31.3

50

Ion Life

SD

English

Southfield

WPXD-DT4

31.4

50

Ion Shop

HD

Spanish

Southfield

WPXD-DT5

31.5

50

QVC

HD

Spanish

Southfield

WPXD-DT6

31.6

50

HSN

SD

English

Southfield

WADL-DT

38.1

39

WADL

SD

English

Clinton Township

WADL-DT2

38.2

39

Grit

HD

English

Clinton Township

WADL-DT3

38.3

39

Get TV

SD

English

Clinton Township

WADL-DT4

38.4

39

Cozi TV

SD

English

Clinton Township

WKBD-DT

50.1

14

The CW

SD

English

Southfield

WTVS-DT

56.1

43

PBS

HD

Spanish

Oak Park

WTVS-DT2

56.2

43

DPTV Plus

SD

English

Oak Park

WTVS-DT3

56.3

43

Create

SD

English

Oak Park

WWJ-DT

62.1

62

CBS

HD

English

Oak Park

WWJ-DT

62.2

62

Decades

HD

English

Oak Park

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

 

Cutting the Cord and Sports

Sports in the Detroit Area

While cord-cutting offers more channels and better-quality reception, most media markets have blackouts on games.  This limits the amount of professional sports games cord-cutters can see.  While this presents a challenge, Solid Signal has ways for cord cutters such as yourself to watch your favorite pro sports.  Check out our Cord-Cutter's Guide to Sports in Detroit for ways to watch your favorite teams after you cut the cord.

What’s Available in TV Markets Near Detroit?

Some cord-cutters in the Detroit TV market can receive channels from other areas. For example, many Metro Detroiters are able to receive stations from the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City TV market.  And with Canada just across the river, some cord-cutters also can snag a few of these TV stations, as well.  Your ability to receive programming in outside media markets depends upon a number of factors that include the type of TV antenna you have.

 

Your TV Antenna in the Detroit TV Market

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 Detroit

A TV antenna gives you the most channels, best reception, and no cable bills.  Do you need another reason to become a cord-cutter?  Let us match you with the best TV antenna for your situation.  And 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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