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Cut the Cord, San Diego!

Free TV in San Diego

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

The San Diego metropolitan area is everything great about the West Coast in one package.  It’s cool, smooth, and offers a refreshingly non-self-conscious alternative to Southern California living.  Its immigrant population contributes to the area’s diversity. So do its 16 naval and military installations.  This is matched with a thriving downtown and a suburban area that reaches from the beach to the desert.  The city of San Diego is on the US-Mexican border, which adds a distinct Mexican influence on the state, as well.  All of this diversity makes the San Diego area the ideal form of California living.  This is likely why so many people call it “America’s Finest City.”

While San Diego is a great place to live, it’s also a great place to watch TV.  The transmitters of more than 28 local TV stations 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 San Diego 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 San Diego, it’s time to cut the cord.     

 

The San Diego TV Market

The TV Market in San Diego

Being bigger than the combined states of Rhode Island and Delaware, San Diego county (which includes the Carlsbad area) covers a total of 4,526 square miles.  If you live here, then your home is one of the more than 1,065,000 households, and you’re one of the area’s more than 3+ million residents.  The San Diego media market features 14 English-speaking and 14 Spanish-speaking TV stations.  Here’s a look at most of the free TV in San Diego:

Station

Ch.

RF

Network

HD?

Lang.

Tower Location

XETV-DT

6.1

23

The CW

HD

English

Mount San Antonio

XETV-DT2

6.2

23

Televisa

SD

Spanish

Mount San Antonio

KFMB-DT

8.1

8

CBS

HD

English

Mount Soledad

KFMB-DT2

8.2

8

Me TV

SD

English

Mount Soledad

KFMB-DT3

8.3

8

Grit TV

SD

English

Mount Soledad

KGTV-DT

10.1

10

ABC

HD

English

Mount Soledad

KGTV-DT2

10.2

10

Laff TV

SD

English

Mount Soledad

XEWT-DT

12.1

32

Televisa

HD

Spanish

Mount San Antonio

KPBS-DT

15.1

30

PBS

HD

English

San Miguel Mt.

KPBS-DT2

15.2

30

V Me

SD

Spanish

San Miguel Mt.

XHAS-DT

33.1

34

Tele mundo

HD

Spanish

Mount San Antonio

XHAS-DT2

33.2

34

LATV

SD

Spanish

Mount San Antonio

KNSD-DT

39.1

40

NBC

HD

English

Spring Valley

KNSD-DT2

39.2

40

Cozi TV

SD

English

Spring Valley

XDTV-DT

49

47

Mucho Max

HD

Spanish

Palm Valley

XDTV-DT2

49.1

47

My TV

HD

Spanish

Palm Valley

XDTV-DT2

49.2

47

Mucho Max

SD

Spanish

Palm Valley

KUSI-DT

51.1

18

KUSI News

HD

English

Spring Valley

XHUAA-DT

57.1

22

Estrella TV

HD

Spanish

Tijuana

KSWB-DT

69.1

19

FOX

HD

English

Spring Valley

KSWB-DT2

69.2

19

Antenna TV

SD

English

Spring Valley

KSWB-DT3

69.3

19

This TV

SD

English

Spring Valley

*The San Diego area has many low-powered TV stations not listed here. As a cord-cutter, you might 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 San Diego?

Many cord-cutters in the San Diego area get TV programming from Tijuana and other areas of northern Mexico.  Depending upon where you live and what type of TV antenna you have, you also might receive TV programming from the Los Angeles market.  If you’re interested in picking up TV signals from adjacent markets, Solid Signal can help.

Cutting the Cord and Sports

Sports in San Diego

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 continues to help cord-cutters watch their favorite pro sports.  Check out our San Diego Cord Cutter's Sports Guide  for ways to see the Chargers, Padres, and any other professional team you follow.

 

Your TV Antenna in San Diego

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 San Diego

A TV antenna gives you the most channels and superior reception to cable without the 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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