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Putting in a Code

WHy must I put a code in to watch TLC

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Re: Putting in a Code

@ann5 wrote:

WHy must I put a code in to watch TLC

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 don't have a subscription to such a provider you are not paying for those channels.

Many cable-type channels (like TLC) only make their programming available for streaming to those paying for them through a provider as mentioned above.  That code you ask about is part of the authentication process to confirm you have an appropriate provider account.

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.

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