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Splitter on cable line for FM antenna ?

I was told by a friend, that instead of an outdoor FM antenna, that I could simply tap into my cable service provider line via a simple splitter.
Then connecting the split signal directly to the back of an FM receiver 75ohm jack.

There is not a lot of info about this method.
From one Radio station website (KWMR) about receiving their station:
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Via Cable – If you subscribe to Horizon Cable you have two options for listening to KWMR:
– The first option is to tune your TV to channel 47 where KWMR audio is carried 24 hours a day.
The second option is to connect the cable directly to your FM radio.
Note: A splitter may be needed so you can connect your TV and FM radio at the same time.
Both the splitter and the necessary cables are hardware store items.
I called my cable company, and they said (vaguely) the same thing. They 'barely' knew what I was talking about (low level tech support). There was no mention of it needing to be a "Digital HD FM" receiver.)
Side-note: My cable box has an extra "RF Out" coax jack, where the manual states it's for SDTV, a modulated signal when an older TV is on ch3 or 4.

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Try it, and see what you get.

If you don't have the splitter or extra cable, and the main cable is long enough, try it first. just to see.

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No....I get nothing......it's static, the same as if nothing was connected.

(ISP = time warner, Los Angeles)

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KWMR is a long way from LA.

Maybe they have an older cable system up there in use there that supports FM via the cable distribution.

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If you can't grab any stations off the cable, there's no usable FM signals on your cable feed.

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If you want to listen to KWMR

http://peridot.streamguys.com:5880/live

See what players like that address or listen in a browser window

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It's not that station in particular. It was the technique.
I think it was used in the past, and the info I was finding, was outdated.
Thanks.

Back to plan A.....outdoor antenna.
Or (and) just listen online streamed radio.

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I was told by a friend, that instead of an outdoor FM antenna, that I could simply tap into my cable service provider line via a simple splitter.
Then connecting the split signal directly to the back of an FM receiver 75ohm jack.

There is not a lot of info about this method.
From one Radio station website (KWMR) about receiving their station:
I called my cable company, and they said (vaguely) the same thing. They 'barely' knew what I was talking about (low level tech support). There was no mention of it needing to be a "Digital HD FM" receiver.)
Side-note: My cable box has an extra "RF Out" coax jack, where the manual states it's for SDTV, a modulated signal when an older TV is on ch3 or 4.
The RF out jack is for TVs that don't have composite, component or HDMI input and will only output at Channel 3 frequency.

You can connect the outdoor antenna to the cable feed, then install another splitter at the equipment, connecting the input port to the single cable and the cable & receiver to one of the output ports (doesn't matter which).

Your PPV may not work- that depends on your cable system. Call them and ask for a higher level of tech support if you have problems with PPV.

You can't do this with satellite feeds.
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