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Many In Fresno Look OTA To Avoid Pay TV

As cable and satellite services offer hundreds of channels in dozens of languages and cater to almost every niche of viewing interest — at prices ranging from $30 to $100 or more every month — the notion of using a rooftop antenna to receive “free TV” seems almost quaint. But the conversion by broadcasters to digital transmission a few years ago means there are also more local channels available for free. Compared with just four local stations before 1971, now there are almost 60 channels waiting to be plucked from the air by an antenna in the Fresno area.