an antenna is what you need. it will get whatever free over the air channels are in your area. i got mine at walmart for $45 and it works great. my area has 33 free channels it receives
you do need to do some thinking. how far are you from the transmitting towers?? the antennas are rated for how far away it can get a signal. so a 15 mile one would be able to get a decent signal from 15 miles away. they make longer and shorter range. you have to decide what you need. i went with a 50 mile one even though i am only about 30 miles from the source. just to be safe plus i suggest one that is amplified. meaning it plugs in and boosts the signal it receives. gives a more steady picture with less issues. especially if you are a long way from the source.
MERGED QUESTION Question from Curvymom2 : "Regular Channels How"
I just need to know what cable from my satellite box do I use to put into my TV to have regular (local) channels till I get my cable back. And once I get it into my TV what do I do after that? Someone said go to antenna and not satellite through my tv just explain
Go to your local Wal Mart and look at the Over The Area Antennas OTA.
There should be one for around $40 that will give you credits toward Sling and other services, so you will get the 8-25 OTA channels depending on your location and a month free of Sling and the other services.
I dropped Direct TV over two years ago for a combination of Amazon Prime, Netflix, Sling, Kodi and what I can get on a OTA antenna. On a per month basis that would be around $42 and give you a massive amount of content. There is so much online content available you will never miss having Cable, I have 4 kids and non of them have complained yet.