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How Many TV Channels Do You Get?

In case you couldn't tell from your swelling lineup of digital cable options, the number of TV channels the average American household receives just keeps going up. In the latest TV-watching study from Nielsen, a typical US home now gets 119 TV channels, a new high.

That's not to say that all of those channels get watched — in fact, the average household watches only 16 of them! That said, it seems like every time I turn on the TV, my Comcast service has added another channel or 20 to the lineup. So I'm wondering: How many channels do you have available for surfing?


ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
fewer than 25 and it makes me mad, we have Direct TV with alot of dumb channels but reg. channels we get like 5 and two come in fuzzy and then one day they are clear and great....GR
Allyace Allyace 9 years
I just have basic cable b/c I'm in law school and trying not to fall too much in debt, so I only have about 10 channels. Summer is rooooough. My fiance has Netflix though, so we're making our way through The Wire. I miss Bravo and Comedy Central the most.
popcorn19 popcorn19 9 years
I use my fancy little antenna. And it's really all I need...
Lynne Lynne 9 years
1. NBC 2. CBS 3. ABC 4. PBS 5. Home Shopping Network 6. CW 7. NBC local channel 8. Spanish (But it's fuzzy) 9. Fox Sad.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
suffice it to say that i have no idea how many channels i get cause it's WAY too many!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i get less than 100 but when you consider how many home shopping networks, repeat cable news stations and other random dumb channels they force us to pay for, i would say i only get 40 channels that i would actually consider watching. i'm pretty much a tlc, hgtv, cnn, msnbc, discovery, mtv, science, vs, abc, nbc, tbs, tnt, disney kind of girl. i watch others on occasion but my tv is usually on one of the above.
yadiet yadiet 9 years
i have comcast so we get aLOT of channels. But i only watch like 10.. haha
scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 9 years
i have 4
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
between 50-100 and i couldnt live without it. I have tried.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
We have basic TV with rabit ears and we get about 25 channels.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
Too many to count. I get every-single-station-offered (except the extended sports pack.) That comes free, with a larger-than-average cable bill. But we don't go out much, and I do love my 40+ movie channels.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
"Francoisehardly, I feel your pain. Turner Classic Movies is one of the few channels I really love." Thanks. And as of today I have about 6 channels less unless I get Io or some satellite thing.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
here is australia we only get 8 channels for free and only 3 are really worth our time. Before HDTV it was 6... thank god for the internet aye?
elizabelle elizabelle 9 years
oh... I'm missing TCM and HBO, but right now I'm going cheap.
jillerin457 jillerin457 9 years
We used to have Dish Network, but the apartments we moved to are running a monopoly, and AT&T, which is our only choice, is EXTREMELY expensive. So for now, we're just Netflixing all the good TV shows like Dexter, Big Love, Jericho, Rome, etc. It's great - no commercials!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
Francoisehardly, I feel your pain. Turner Classic Movies is one of the few channels I really love.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
...and by video, I meant DVD! *shaking head*
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
The 13 clam per month bare bones basic package for me. There has been soooo much crap on tv in past years. I just can't justify spending more when there are only a handful of extra channels that I would, on occasion, watch. Besides, if I am going to be home and there is nothing of interest on for a given evening, I can pop over to my local library and rent a video for fifty cents per day. Documentaries are free. Heck of a deal! :)
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
cable tv channels = between 100- 150 but it doesnt go in direct sequence so I can't say for sure. Then there is probably another 60 movie channels but I only subscribe to like half of those. And with all those channels, I spend most my life on teamsugar, never able to find anything on tv and watch only about 8 channels regularly.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 9 years
I dunno... 300+?? I have Verizon Fios cable full package including all HD and subscription movie channels. What can I say, I like my movies and shows ;)
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Basic cable when I am at school, about 70-80 channels. When I go home to my parents house I would say the channels are 200+.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
On the TV in my room, I get about 70 channels. On the downstairs TV, we have Comcast and get hundreds of channels. I watch less than ten channels though...mostly channels that show movies and syndicated shows.
shernic82 shernic82 9 years
I can't afford cable, so unfortunately I have no tv...just dvd's.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I get a LOT. I work in television, so I insist on getting HD. The HD package that makes the most sense includes TONS of channels, but also, all the HD channels we get the SD version as well, so we've got duplicates. But I don't get HBO, Showtime, or any of the movie channels.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
hate TV and don't like to watch it, but I know I get over 8000 songs...
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