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Level 7

Subscribing without cable or satellite?

I recently purchased Roku.  I do not have cable or satellite.  I get my local channels with a regular tv antenna, but my Roku is routed through my WIFI which is CenturyLink.  My question is, I want to be able to get channels like Discovery.  How do I do this without cable? Because if I had cable I wouldn't need Roku.  Thank you

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Re: Subscribing without cable or satellite?

It depends on the channel. Some will let you subscribe without a TV provider, but many others will not. I can't say about Discovery, but my gut feeling is they require a TV provider.

But, there are sometimes other ways to get some of the channels. Sling TV and YouTube TV offer a selection of "cable" channels, so they might offer the ones you are looking for. And sometimes subscribing to Sling will be considered a TV provider for other channels. 

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