How to get KTVB's free high-definition digital tv channels

Whether you have cable, satellite or have decided to cut the cord, you can watch KTVB's four digital channels over-the-air. How you get it depends on how you get television. Let's get started!

Antenna - Digital TV: you receive television over the air using an antenna and digital tv set.

Great choice! Antenna reception delivers the cleanest, clearest digital signal straight from KTVB’s transmitter and the very best high definition signal. And it’s free!

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If you have an indoor antenna, place it as high off the ground as possible and near a window or outside wall. If you have an antenna with “rabbit ears”, the “ears” should be extended about 18 inches. Position them so that the transmitter site would be between the “ears,” like the illustration:

To find the transmitter site nearest you, check out the map below:

Keep in mind that the signal diminishes with distance from the transmitter site, or if there are physical obstacles such as mountains or buildings between you and the transmitter site. If the signal is too weak for your indoor antenna, you many need a rooftop antenna, which can be purchased for as little as $20.

Click here for antenna pricing and installation information.

If you have a rooftop or attic antenna, point the narrow part of the antenna toward the transmitter site.

Once you have correctly positioned the antenna, connect the antenna cable to your television set’s antenna input. Using your television remote, prompt your television’s digital receiver to scan for channels. You should receive digital channels 7.1, 7,2, 7.3 and 7.4.

Still have questions? Call Wireguys at (208) 887-2288.

DirecTV - Digital TV

If you have DirecTV, you have a couple options for getting KTVB's digital channels.

You will need an antenna and coaxial cable. A rooftop antenna is recommended for best reception. See section on antenna installation above.

  • DirecTV offers a digital receiver with DVR called the AM21. The AM21 allows you to receive over-the-air channels, incorporate them into your channel lineup and DVR them. To get the AM21, call 1-800-DirecTV to ask for it or shop online at Amazon.com. Attach the antenna cable to the AM21, then attach the AM21 to your DirecTV set top box. Digital channels will appear in your DirecTV channel lineup on channel 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 and you will be able to DVR programming.
  • If you do not wish to purchase an AM21, you can simply connect the antenna cable to your television set’s antenna input. Then, using your television remote, switch from the satellite input to the antenna input. Use your television remote to prompt your television’s digital receiver to scan for channels.
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Still have questions? Call Wireguys. (208) 887-2288

Dish Network - Digital TV: you receive television from Dish Network using a digital TV set.

You will need an antenna and coaxial cable. A rooftop antenna is recommended for best reception. See section on antenna installation above.

  • Connect the antenna cable to your television set’s antenna input. Then, using your television remote, switch from the satellite input to the antenna input. Use your television remote to prompt your television’s digital receiver to scan for channels.

Still have questions? Call Wireguys. (208) 887-2288

Cable TV: you receive television from a cable tv service.

  • Treasure Valley - Cable ONE - channel 13
  • McCall area - Cable ONE - channel 13
  • Twin Falls area - Cable ONE - channel 13
  • Sun Valley area - Cox Cable - channel 128