As WSLS 10's parent company, Media General, continues working on a deal with Dish Network, many of you have been wondering what's going on. You've been asking how you can still watch your favorite NBC shows, like the Voice and Blacklist, while also getting all the important information you need to know from WSLS.
To find out more, we talked with Ricky Williams, an engineer at WSLS, to get your answers. In many cases, it can be a relative cheap and easy fix.
"They can get us over the air through a basic antenna or small rabbit ears," says Williams.
His first suggestion, a basic antenna, is available online or through many retail stores across our area. This one will run you about $50-$60 and is a little more detailed to hook up.
"You mount it outside on the roof or chimney," says Williams. "There are a couple of brackets that could be involved. You run that inside to the TV set and mount that on the back of the TV."
If you're looking for a cheaper and quicker fix, something smaller like rabbit ears may be your best bet. That will run you about $10-$20 and it's all hooked up right beside your TV set.
"You put it on top of the TV in the house or on a table right beside the TV," says Williams. "There are the basic ones that you just plug into the TV, there are some that are amplified that have to be plugged into the wall and then into the TV set."
Depending on where you live, he says one option may be better than the other for you.
A third option is streaming our newscasts through our website, WSLS.com. Once you're there just click on "Live Video" under the "Video" tab. This option, however, will not give you access to NBC shows.
Many of these are also options that could be used again, during a serious storm or incident where you lose power.
"The over the air would give you a backup capability to get your local weather and news, TVs that have the digital tuner built into them, and you could still get it on a battery operated TV," says Williams.
Some good advice, that can help you keep up with your local news and favorite shows.