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Free TV in the Bay Area

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Want free TV in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area?  Solid Signal has everything Bay Area viewers need to cut the cord. 

If you call the San Francisco area home, then you live in an area that defies description. This historical port city has grown to become a thriving and diverse area.  Of all San Francisco has to offer, the city is best known for its vibrant and open-minded lifestyle.  A short drive away, there's San Jose, the tech capital of the world. Encompassing Silicon Valley, this area designs 90 percent of the world's technology.  Oakland is across the bridge from San Francisco.  The “Bright Side of the Bay,” as Oakland is often called, is city and rural area that's home to many hardworking Californians.

As diverse as the Bay Area TV market is, its many residents can agree that free TV is a great idea.  Imagine how much money could be saved if just half the people in the area cut the cord?  That figure might be too big to fathom.  Perhaps it’s easier to focus upon how much you’ll save with a TV antenna.  We’re talking about $100 per month or more!  You can experience so much of what San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose has to offer once you decide to cut the cord.

 

The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose TV Market

Free TV in the Bay Area

The Bay Area media market covers a lot of ground.  It encompasses Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano (west), and Sonoma counties.  That’s more than 2,480,000 households and more than 7.65 million people.  This makes the San Francisco area the sixth-largest media market in the U.S.  You’ll be happy to know that the airwaves are filled with a wide variety of TV programming designed to appeal to the area’s large and diverse population.  This might make the Bay Area the perfect place to cut the cord.

Cutting the cord in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose gives you a wide variety of free TV options:

Station

Ch.

RF

Network

HD?

Lang.

Tower Location

KTVU-DT

2.1

44

FOX

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KTVU-DT2

2.2

44

LATV

SD

Spanish

Sutro Tower

KTVU-DT3

2.3

44

Movies!

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KTVU-DT4

2.4

44

Buzzr

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KRON-DT

4.1

38

My Network TV

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KRON-DT2

4.2

38

Sky Link TV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KRON-DT3

4.3

38

GetTV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KPIX-DT

5.1

29

CBS

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KPIX-DT2

5.2

29

Decades

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KGO-DT

7.1

7

ABC

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KGO-DT2

7.2

7

Live Well Network

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KGO-DT3

7.3

7

Laff

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KQSL-DT

8.1

8

SonLife

HD

English

Cahto Peak

KQED-DT

9.1

30

PBS

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KQED-DT2

9.2

30

KQEH

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KQED-DT3

9.3

30

KQED World

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KNTV-DT

11.1

12

NBC

HD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KNTV-DT2

11.2

12

Cozi TV

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KDTV-DT

14.1

51

Uni vision

HD

Spanish

Mission Peak

KDTV-DT2

14.2

51

Unimas

HD

Spanish

Mission Peak

KDTV-DT3

14.3

51

GetTV

SD

English

Mission Peak

KDTV-DT4

14.4

51

Escape

SD

English

Mission Peak

KOFY-DT

20.1

19

KOFY

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KOFY-DT2

20.2

19

Me-TV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KOFY-DT3

20.3

19

VIETV

SD

Viet.

Sutro Tower

KOFY-DT4

20.4

19

This TV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KRCB-DT

22.1

22

PBS

HD

English

Sonoma Mt.

KRCB-DT2

22.2

22

Create

SD

English

Sonoma Mt.

KRCB-DT3

22.3

22

NHK World

SD

English

Sonoma Mt.

KTSF-DT

26.1

27

KTSF

HD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KTSF-DT2

26.2

27

Diya TV

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KTSF-DT3

26.3

27

MBC America

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KTSF-DT4

26.4

27

ICN

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KTSF-DT5

26.5

27

Viet Today TV

SD

Viet.

San Bruno Mt.

KTSF-DT6

26.6

27

Viet Shopping TV

SD

Viet.

San Bruno Mt.

KTSF-DT7

26.7

27

Home links Aura

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KMTP-DT

32.1

33

Deutsche Welle TV, Russia Today TV, etc.

HD

English

Mount Sutro

KMTP-DT5

32.5

33

ARTS

SD

English

Mount Sutro

KMTP-DT6

32.6

33

KPOP

SD

Spanish

Mount Sutro

KICU-DT

36.1

36

KICU

HD

English

Monument Peak

KICU-DT2

36.2

36

KEMS KBS World

SD

Spanish

Monument Peak

KICU-DT3

36.3

36

CCTV News

SD

English

Monument Peak

KICU-DT4

36.4

36

Heroes & Icons

SD

English

Monument Peak

KCNS-DT

38.1

39

Mundo Max

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KCNS-DT2

38.2

39

Sino TV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KCNS-DT3

38.3

39

Estrella TV

SD

Spanish

Sutro Tower

KCNS-DT4

38.4

39

Comet

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KCNS-DT5

38.5

39

NTDTV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KCNS-DT6

38.6

39

The Works

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KTNC-DT

42.1

14

Estrella TV

HD

Spanish

Mount Diablo State Park

KTNC-DT2

42.2

14

Estrella TV

SD

Spanish

Mount Diablo State Park

KTNC-DT3

42.3

14

The Works

SD

English

Mount Diablo State Park

KBCW-DT

44.1

45

The CW

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KSTS-DT

48.1

49

Tele Mundo

HD

Spanish

Mount Allison

KSTS-DT2

48.2

49

Tele Xitos

SD

Spanish

Mount Allison

KSTS-DT3

48.3

49

Tele Mundo

SD

Spanish

Mount Allison

KEMO-DT

50.1

32

Azteca

HD

Spanish

Mount St. Helena

KQEH-DT

54.1

50

PBS

HD

English

Monument Peak

KQEH-DT2

54.2

50

KQED

SD

English

Monument Peak

KQEH-DT3

54.3

50

PBS Encore

SD

English

Monument Peak

KQEH-DT4

54.4

50

KQED Kids

SD

English

Monument Peak

KQEH-DT5

54.5

50

V-me

SD

Spanish

Monument Peak

KCSM-DT

60.1

43

KCSM

HD

English

Sutro Tower

KCSM-DT2

60.2

43

France 24

SD

French

Sutro Tower

KCSM-DT3

60.3

43

Jazz TV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KKPX-DT

65.1

41

Ion

HD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KKPX-DT2

65.2

41

Qubo

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KKPX-DT3

65.3

41

Ion Life

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KKPX-DT4

65.4

41

Ion Shop

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KKPX-DT5

65.5

41

QVC

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KKPX-DT6

65.6

41

HSN

SD

English

San Bruno Mt.

KFSF-DT

66.1

34

UniMas

HD

Spanish

Sutro Tower

KFSF-DT2

66.2

34

Univision

SD

Spanish

Sutro Tower

KFSF-DT3

66.3

34

Bounce TV

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KFSF-DT4

66.4

34

Grit

SD

English

Sutro Tower

KTLN-DT

68.1

47

TLN

HD

English

Olompoli State Park

KTLN-DT2

68.2

47

Jewelry TV

SD

English

Olompoli State Park

KTLN-DT3

68.3

47

Sonlife

SD

English

Olompoli State Park

KTLN-DT4

68.4

47

Chinese

SD

English

Olompoli State Park

*The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose 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 Boston 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 you can see.  While this presents a challenge, Solid Signal has ways for you to watch your favorite pro sports after you cut the cord.  Check out our Cord-Cutter’s Guide to Bay Area Sports for ways to watch your favorite teams after you cut the cord.

 

What’s Available in TV Markets Near the Bay Area

One of the great things about cutting the cord is the opportunity to receive TV programming from other media markets.  For example, some cord-cutters in the Northwest part of the Bay Area might get stations in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto and/or the Fresno-Visalia TV market.  Much of your success depends upon your distance from the adjacent market, the type of antenna you have, and other factors.  If you’re interested in picking up TV signals outside your area, Solid Signal can help.

Your TV Antenna in the San Francisco Area

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.

Cut the Cord in the Bay Area

A TV antenna in the Bay Area means the most channels, best reception, and no cable bills.  Do you need another reason to get rid of cable?  We’re here to help Bay Area residents enjoy all the free TV that only the right antenna delivers.  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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