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rocky321
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I currently have my cable and internet with Xfinity. I want to cancel the cable portion and just keep internet. Will I still be able to log in say to FOX News (that's another story) with the internet only as my service provider??

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RokuKariza-D
Roku Employee
Roku Employee

Re: Provider Log In Provider Log In Provider Log In Provider Log In

Hi @rocky321

Thanks for the inquiry.

Please be advised that Fox News requires a cable/TV provider login. With that being said, you will be unable to access Fox News if you will cancel your cable service. 

For more information and other options, you can try contacting the channel's customer support team to inquire further. You can reach Fox News Support here: http://www.foxnews.com/help

I hope this helps!

All the best,
Kariza

Kariza D.
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makaiguy
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Provider Log In Provider Log In Provider Log In Provider Log In

@rocky321-  Expanding on the reply from @RokuKariza-D :

Cable-type channels want to be paid. When you have a paid subscription to a "tv provider" service that carries these channels (like your Xfinity subscription), they receive their pay out of the subscription fees you pay that provider. When you don't have a subscription to such a provider you are not paying for those channels.

Many cable-type channels make their content available for streaming via a "TV Everywhere" channel app for those paying for the channel through a provider as mentioned above. That service doesn't have to be a bloated cable or satellite service however. There are several services you can subscribe to and run on a Roku that may carry the channels you are interested in at a lower cost than you are paying now. Ones that come to mind to check out for any particular channel would include:

  • Hulu plus Live TV
  • Sling
  • philo
  • Directv Stream (the new name for the former AT&T TV)
  • YouTube TV (which is currently accessed through the ordinary YouTube app on Roku)
  • frndly
  • fubu
  • vidgo
  • ... there may be others.

In addition there are many free channels that do not require "tv provider" accounts.  Most (all?) of them are supported by unskippable ads.

There are others you can subscribe to which have free or lower cost tiers with ads but also have higher cost tiers with limited or no ads.

There are several places on the net where you can look up which streaming providers carry a particular channel of interest. Here are several such pages:

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

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