Baumhower: Easy steps to restoring FOX ToledoWritten by Jeremy Baumhower | | email@example.com
If you are like many Northwest Ohio residents affected by the breakup of FOX Toledo and Buckeye CableSystem, do not worry another second; I can help you through this annoying problem. Here are some simple solutions to make sure you don’t miss things like the NFL playoffs, “American Idol” or Zooey Deschanel’s hipster hotness.
- Step One: Visit your local Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Meijer, etc., and purchase an HDTV antenna — the newer version of rabbit ears.
- Step Two: Connect the HDTV antenna to any available input opening. If you have the Buckeye Cable connected via HDMI cable, connect the HDTV antenna via the old-school coaxial cable connection. If you have an older TV which only has one coaxial connection, simply purchase a coaxial splitter, read the instructions and you will be all set.
- Step Three: Once you have the HDTV antenna connected, use the remote and reprogram the TV. Simply hit the “menu” button on your TV manufacturer’s remote and find the “TV programming” option. Once you locate the programming option on your remote, hit “enter” and relax.
- Step Four: After the TV finishes its auto programming, simply take the TV remote and hit the number 36 and voila! — Ryan Seacrest is back in the house.
Did you know that Buckeye CableSystem is not the only game in town? If you have not figured it out yet the drama between the company that owns WTOL-11 and FOX Toledo and the parent company of The Blade is not going away anytime soon, so maybe a switch of cable providers will help send a message.
Time Warner Cable is now available in the area. In fact, there is a current promotion where you could get up to a $500 gift card from Best Buy if you switch providers. To find out if this is the right move for you, call 1-855-893-4614.
DIRECTV is my recommendation; I’ve been a customer for almost 13 years and I would recommend them to anyone. Call them at 1-800 DIRECTV. If you are interested in switching, tell them I sent you and they will hook you up! (DISH Network can be reached at 1 877 625 3561.)
You could ditch cable and satelite altogether. As technology evolves, so do the alternative choices to TV cable/satellite providers. If your New Year’s resolution was to be more proactive and save money, here’s a great suggestion: Cancel Buckeye CableSystem and buy a Roku. A Roku is a small black box that works with any high-speed router (wireless Internet) to provide your TV with channels like Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon VOD, UFC, MLB, NBA, etc. Roku is constantly adding channels and choices for your programming desires.
The best part is the cost: They start around $50 per unit and require no monthly charge. However, Netflix and Hulu Plus both have monthly fees around $8 per month. So if you combine a Roku with my above recommended HDTV antenna option, you will have access to nearly 100 percent of the same programming at a cheaper rate. All of my TVs have a Roku and my family loves it.
One final prediction — if Block Communications continues to sue FOX Toledo’s parent company, how much longer before it pulls WTOL-11 as well? Answer: not long. Help stop companies that bully with lawsuits — it is Toledoans who are ultimately paying the price.
If you are tired of tuning in daily to see if FOX Toledo is back on the air with Buckeye, or if you are still ticked off about missing the NFL playoff game Jan. 6, you are welcome!
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