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Help & troubleshooting for channels on your Roku device, including adding/removing channels, logging in to, authenticating, or activating a channel, channel-specific playback issues, assistance contacting channel publishers to report issues, and adjusting channel-specific settings.
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Can I add Chanels without a cable subscription?

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I just added a few channels for the first time.  Abc, own, etc.  But it says something about having a cable subscription to be able to watch them.  Do I need cable to watch these on roku? 

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Level 21

Re: Can I add Chanels without a cable subscription?

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You need a subscription, but not necessarily a cable one. Depending on the channel, some will accept a subscription through YouTube TV, Hulu, or Sling TV. But some will only work with an actual cable/satellite subscription.

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.

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Re: Can I add Chanels without a cable subscription?

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You need a subscription, but not necessarily a cable one. Depending on the channel, some will accept a subscription through YouTube TV, Hulu, or Sling TV. But some will only work with an actual cable/satellite subscription.

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.

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Re: Can I add Chanels without a cable subscription?

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It depends on the channel.  Some are free/ad supported, some require paid subscriptions to the individual service, some are content that would be included with a cable subscription and need to be activated with your cable login.

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