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Free TV in Pittsburgh Area

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Being located near the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains, Pittsburgh was destined to become “Steel City, USA.”  That steel was used to build the more than 400 structures that give Pittsburgh the nickname of “The City of Bridges.”  While its steel industry roots cannot be denied, Pittsburgh is also home to many manufacturing industries including aluminum, glass, and shipbuilding, as well as about 1,600 technology firms.  This strong economic base gives Pittsburgh its diverse cultural district that includes museums, medical centers, parks, research centers, and libraries.  No wonder Pittsburgh has been named the first or second most- livable city in the U.S. by The Economist's Global Liveability Ranking for a total of five years.

While Pittsburgh is a great place to live, it’s also a great place to watch TV.  The transmitters of more than 19 TV stations dot the landscape.  These towers broadcast a wide variety of free HDTV on a number of channels and sub-channels.  With a TV antenna and a few other pieces of equipment, you can enjoy all this free local programming.  It’s called “cutting the cord,” and many Pittsburgh residents are doing it.  This is why you’re probably seeing TV antennas atop your neighbors’ houses.  If you’re ready to enjoy free TV in Pittsburgh, you could be the next person in Steel City to cut the cord.   

 

The Pittsburgh TV Market

The TV Market in Pittsburgh

If you call the Pittsburgh media market your home, you live in one of 12 counties in Pennsylvania, two in West Virginia, or one in Maryland.  Your home is one of the more than 1,160,000 households, and you’re one of the area’s 2.3 million residents.  Here’s a look at most of the free TV that’s available to viewers in the Pittsburgh media market:   

Station

Ch.

RF

Network

HD?

Lang.

Tower Location

KDKA-DT

2.1

25

CBS

HD

English

Perry North

KDKA-DT2

2.2

25

Decades

SD

English

Perry North

WTAE-DT

4.1

51

ABC

HD

English

Buena Vista

WTAE-DT2

4.2

51

This TV

SD

English

Buena Vista

WWCP-DT

8.1

8

Fox

HD

English

Ligonier Twp.

WWCP-DT2

8.2

8

WATM-TV

SD

English

Ligonier Twp.

WPXI-DT

11.1

48

NBC

HD

English

Television Hill/Fineview

WPXI-DT2

11.2

48

MeTV

SD

English

Television Hill/Fineview

WPXI-DT3

11.3

48

Laff

SD

English

Television Hill/Fineview

WQED-DT

13.1

13

PBS

HD

English

Pittsburgh

WQED-DT2

13.2

13

Create

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WQED-DT3

13.3

13

World Channel

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WQED-DT4

13.4

13

Showcase

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WQED-DT5

13.5

13

PBS Kids

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WINP-DT

16.1

38

Ion

HD

English

Pittsburgh

WINP-DT2

16.2

38

Qubo

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WINP-DT3

16.3

38

Ion Life

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WINP-DT4

16.4

38

Ion Shop

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WINP-DT5

16.5

38

HSN

SD

English

Pittsburgh

WINP-DT6

16.6

38

QVC

SD

English 

Pittsburgh

WPCW-DT

19.1

11

The CW

HD

English

Perry North

WPCW-DT2

19.2

11

Heroes & Icons

SD

English

Perry North

WPNT-DT

22.1

42

My Network TV

HD

English

Monroeville

WPNT-DT2

22.2

42

ASN Channel

SD

English

Monroeville

WPNT-DT3

22.3

42

Comet

SD

English

Monroeville

WPNT-DT4

22.4

42

GetTV

SD

English

Monroeville

WNPB-DT

24.1

33

PBS

HD

English

Morgan-town, WV

WNPB-DT2

24.2

33

Create

SD

English

Morgan-town, WV

WGPT-DT

36.1

36

PBS

HD

English

Mountain Lake Park, MD

WGPT-DT2

36.2

36

PBS Encore

SD

English  

Mountain Lake Park, MD

WGPT-DT3

36.3

36

PBS Kids

SD

English

Mountain Lake Park, MD

WPCB-DT

40.1

50

Corner-stone

HD

English

Wall, PA

WPCB-DT2

40.2

50

Bible Disc. TV

SD

English

Wall, PA

WPGH-DT

53.1

43

Fox

HD

English

Summer Hill

WPGH-DT2

53.2

43

Antenna TV

SD

English

Summer Hill

WPGH-DT3

53.3

43

Grit

SD

English

Summer Hill

*The Pittsburgh 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.

 

What’s Available in Markets Near Pittsburgh?

One of the best things about the Pittsburgh TV market is that there are so many other TV markets nearby.  For example, if you’re located in the northern parts of this area, you might be able to pick up OTA TV channels in the Johnstown-Altoona-State College TV market.  You also might be able to receive programming from the TV markets in Youngstown, Ohio and the Wheeling-Steubenville area.  What you receive depends upon where you live, what type of TV antenna you have, and other factors.  Give us a call at 877.312.4547 so we can help determine if you can receive these additional channels with your TV antenna.

 

Cutting the Cord and Sports

Sports in Pittsburgh

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

 

Your TV Antenna in Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh

A TV antenna gives you a wide variety of channels and superior reception to cable. Plus, it eliminates costly 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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