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Do you live in Des Moines?  French settlers founded the city, which was named after the Des Moines River, aka the “River of the Monks.”  Today, Des Moines is the capitol of Iowa and a major player in the insurance industry.  With many insurance companies headquartered here, the city is often called the “Hartford of the West.”  Large companies from other industries also maintain strong presences in the Des Moines metro area.  The city also is home to plenty of arts, theatre, and musical venues and attractions.  Add some minor league sports teams and other entertainment options and Des Moines becomes a city that offers residents plenty in the ways of work and play.

Is Ames, Iowa where you call home?  The city is located in Story County, roughly forty minutes north of Des Moines.  Ames is the birthplace of the world’s first electronic computer, and technology continues to play a huge role in the area’s economy.  Fittingly, Ames is home to Iowa State University of Science and Technology, which is the city’s biggest employer.  It also hosts huge corporations including 3M, Danfoss Power Solutions, and Barilla.  Other governmental and private corporations help keep the city’s economy thriving.  This, in turn, supports Ames’ flourishing arts and cultural opportunities.  These include plenty of attractions, local sports teams, and much more.  If you live in Ames, you reside in an amazing Midwestern American city.

        

The Des Moines-Ames TV Market     

The TV Market in the Des Moines Area

Did you know that the greater Des Moines-Ames area is an excellent place to enjoy free HDTV?  The transmitters of many TV stations are located in Alleman and other places throughout the area.  These towers broadcast a wide variety of free HDTV to the 416,000 households and more than 611,000 people in the greater Des Moines area.  This is why you might be seeing TV antennas atop some of your neighbor’s homes.  If you decide to cut the cord on cable TV, here’s a look at the free TV you’ll get in the Des Moines-Ames media market:  

Station

Ch.

RF

Network

HD?

Lang.

Tower Location

WOI-DT

5.1

5

ABC

HD

Spanish

Alleman

WOI-DT2

5.2

5

Laff

SD

English

Alleman

KCCI-DT

8.1

8

CBS

HD

English

Alleman

KCCI-DT2

8.2

8

MeTV

SD

English

Alleman

KCCI-DT3

8.3

8

My Network TV and Heroes & Icons

SD

English

Alleman

KDIN-DT

11.1

11

PBS

HD

English

Alleman

KDIN-DT2

11.2

11

Create / PBS Kids

SD

English

Alleman

KDIN-DT3

11.3

11

World

SD

English

Alleman

WHO-DT

13.1

13

NBC

HD

English

Alleman

WHO-DT2

13.2

13

Iowa’s Weather Channel

SD

English

Alleman

WHO-DT3

13.3

13

Antenna TV / ACC Network

SD

English

Alleman

WHO-DT4

13.4

13

This TV

SD

English

Alleman

KDSM-DT

17.1

16

/Fox

HD

English

Alleman

KDSM-DT2

17.2

16

Comet TV

SD

English

Alleman

KDSM-DT3

17.3

16

Charge!

SD

English

Alleman

KDSM-DT4

17.4

16

TBD

SD

English

Alleman

KDMI-DT

19.1

19

Tri-State Christian TV

HD

English

Alleman

KDMI-DT2

19.2

19

Tri-State Christian TV

SD

English

Alleman

KDMI-DT 3

19.3

19

Light TV

SD

Spanish

Alleman

KTIN-DT

21.1

25

PBS

HD

English

Bradgate

KTIN-DT2

21.2

25

Create / PBS Kids

SD

English

Bradgate

KTIN-DT3

21.3

25

World

SD

English

Bradgate

KCWI-TV

23.1

23

KCWI-TV / The CW

HD

English

Alleman

KCWI-TV2

23.2

23

Escape

SD

Spanish

Alleman

KCWI-TV3

23.3

23

Bounce TV

SD

Spanish

Alleman

KFPX-DT

39.1

39

ION

HD

English

Baxter

KFPX-DT2

39.2

39

Qubo

SD

Spanish

Baxter

KFPX-DT3

39.3

39

ION Life

SD

Spanish

Baxter

KFPX-DT4

39.4

39

ION Shop

SD

English

Baxter

KFPX-DT5

39.5

39

HSN

SD

English

Baxter

KFPX-DT6

39.6

39

QVC

SD

English

Baxter

 

*This media market has many 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.      

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Cutting the Cord and Sports

Sports in Des Moines

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.  We’re sympathetic to sports fans who want to see their favorite pro teams and enjoy free HDTV.  Our Cord Cutter's Sports Guide gives you a way to enjoy your favorite pro baseball, basketball, football, and hockey teams after you cut the cord.  

 

Your TV Antenna in the Des Moines 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 in Des Moines and Ames.

 

Cutting the Cord in Des Moines and Ames

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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