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Lost without KAKE-TV? Here’s where you can still view ABC shows

KAKE programming is currently unavailable on Cox Cable. (Jan. 7, 2015)
KAKE programming is currently unavailable on Cox Cable. (Jan. 7, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

The drama unfolding between KAKE Channel 10 and Cox Communications is the stuff of “General Hospital.”

But because of the increasingly tense contract dispute, which has resulted in KAKE’s absence from Cox’s cable lineup as of late Tuesday night, subscribers can’t see “General Hospital.”

Unless they know where to look.

Thanks to both modern and ancient technology, viewers still can catch episodes of their favorite ABC shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” (Mercifully, all of those shows are in repeats until Jan. 29 so the situation is not so dire ... yet.)

But to do so, viewers may have to wait a week to see new episodes, or pay to see them more immediately.

Hang on to these tips about how to find programs both online and using an old-fashioned antenna. Who knows which station will get crossways with Cox next?

▪ ABC online: If you have a computer, smartphone or tablet, you can see all of ABC’s programs online, but the new ones won’t appear for a week after their original air date. To see them immediately, users have to log in with the ID they use to access their cable provider, and if Wichitans are using Cox, that’s also not working at the moment. But without logging in, users can see the new episode of, say, Wednesday’s episode of “The Middle” featuring Wichita native Kirstie Alley, next Wednesday.

To access ABC online, go to watchabc.com or download the ABC app on your smartphone or tablet.

▪ Online television services: The new episodes are available more quickly if you’re willing to pay. If you have a HuluPlus subscription, for example, you can already see a replay of Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelor,” or Tuesday’s episode of “General Hospital.” A HuluPlus subscription costs $7.99 a month, and it allows you to watch shows on your computer or smartphone. You also can stream shows onto television sets using devices such as Roku, AppleTV, Google Chromecast, XBox and PlayStation. To get a subscription, visit Hulu.com.

New episodes of some shows also are available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. The latest new episode of “Modern Family,” which originally aired on Dec. 10, for example, costs $1.99 to $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video. If you Google the title of a show, you generally can find which services are offering episodes and how much they cost listed on the right-hand side of the screen.

Antenna: Cox Cable subscribers can also unplug the cable and see what they can pick up using an antenna. Some TVs come with antennas, and if not, they’re available for purchase. To see what kind of antenna you might need, check http://www.fcc.gov/guides/antennas-and-digital-television. The website AntennaWeb.org also allows you to plug in your address to find out what kind of antenna you will need to pick up local stations.

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