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Julie5
Level 7

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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atc98092
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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

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atc98092
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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

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lesmikesell
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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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