Updated: 4:45 PM EST Mar 7, 2017 Hearst Television, parent of WMUR, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DISH Network after reaching an impasse on March 3rd, resulting in WMUR no longer being carried by DISH Network.
While DISH is not carrying WMUR at this time, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WMUR for free, over the air…
WMUR happens to be a VHF station. Most inexpensive antennas are UHF only, so WMUR is likely setting their customers up for disappointment. Those who actually figure out which antenna to buy and how to install it properly will notice a dramatic improvement in broadcast quality since OTA signals are less compressed. They might also notice that there are a LOT of broadcast channels in the Boston market. They may like the idea of not paying for television at all or using free tv with an OTT supplement like DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or Sony Vue. I see a lot of antennas going up as I commute each day.
If you are a WMUR viewer affected by the outage who is inclined to install an antenna, here are my suggestions…
- Visit TVFool.com and run a report for your address (best to use GPS coordinates for the proposed location of the antenna).
- Choose an antenna.
- If your report shows that you have a strong signal and you are looking for a temporary workaround, get a set top antenna with rabbit ears…
- If you are further away or are thinking about a long term solution, you may want to consider a good attic or roof mounted antenna.
- Install your antenna.
If your television is very old, it may not have digital tuners and you may need some kind of digital to analog converter.