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FRUSTRATED: Can't add TV Apps without a Cable TV provider?

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This whole internet/Roku thing is very new to me and I am getting quite frustrated.

I have cut the proverbial TV provider cord and replaced it with a Roku to watch TV. Trying to add free streams like GlobalTV or CNN for example, I find that in order to access these I must have a TV provider which doesn't make sense to me as the whole reason for cancelling my cable TV was to be able to watch via my internet connection on the Roku, and why would I want to access these streams if I already had cable TV?

Is there any workaround for this to allow me to watch these streams without having a TV provider?

Many thanks for any help.

Ken

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Re: FRUSTRATED: Can't add TV Apps without a Cable TV provider?

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Cable-type channels want to be paid.  When you have a paid subscription to a provider service that carries these channels, they receive their pay out of the subscription fees you pay that provider.  When you cut the cable you are no longer paying for those channels. 

Many cable-type channels only make their programming available for streaming to those paying for them through a provider as mentioned above.  That service doesn't have to be a bloated cable or satellite service however. There are several you can subscribe to and run on a Roku that may carry the channels you are interested in.   Ones that come to mind to check out for any particular channel would include YouTube TV, Hulu, Sling, and AT&T NOW -- there may be others.

Savings in cord cutting usually come from picking and choosing which of the lesser offerings you wish to pay for instead of paying for full blown cable or satellite services with scores of channels you never watch.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi

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Re: FRUSTRATED: Can't add TV Apps without a Cable TV provider?

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Cable-type channels want to be paid.  When you have a paid subscription to a provider service that carries these channels, they receive their pay out of the subscription fees you pay that provider.  When you cut the cable you are no longer paying for those channels. 

Many cable-type channels only make their programming available for streaming to those paying for them through a provider as mentioned above.  That service doesn't have to be a bloated cable or satellite service however. There are several you can subscribe to and run on a Roku that may carry the channels you are interested in.   Ones that come to mind to check out for any particular channel would include YouTube TV, Hulu, Sling, and AT&T NOW -- there may be others.

Savings in cord cutting usually come from picking and choosing which of the lesser offerings you wish to pay for instead of paying for full blown cable or satellite services with scores of channels you never watch.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi

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Re: FRUSTRATED: Can't add TV Apps without a Cable TV provider?

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Makaguy:

Sincere thanks for your reply!

I guess I am missing something because I understand the pay for viewing issue, (I always assumed that content was paid for by the advertisers) but what escapes me is if I  already had the needed cable subscription with those channels, why would I need to stream them on my Roku?

No worries. There a many things that escape me:-)

Again. I appreciate the reply.

Ken

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