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can not get all the channels

can not get history and dis. nat geo and bravo and lots channels can not get because of tv internet and that is wrong cut them on and leave them on i done this  instead paying for cable i would like to see them live and not later and the motor trend is not working also hope you can get it fixed

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Re: can not get all the channels

@bigdaddy1952 wrote:

 i done this  instead paying for cable

There is no one simple answer regarding streaming access, as there are several different models any given channel may choose to use.

Cable-type channel originators are paid by the providers that carry them (cable/satellite/Sling/Hulu/Youtube TV/etc) out of the subscription fees collected from their subscribers. If you "cut the cord" and discontinue your subscription to these services, you quit paying for their included channels.

Many cable-type channels also make their content available via streaming through devices like Rokus. They do this via several methods.

Most limit their use to those who are continuing to pay via a subscription to a provider carrying their channel. Typically you must authenticate this subscription by providing login credentials for your provider account, or by entering a provided code while logged into your web account for that channel. Without an authenticated account most will not work at all, others may work but have very limited content.

Premium paid cable channels (HBO, Showtime, CBS All Access, Disney+,
etc.) and some other cable channels can be subscribed to via direct paid subscription without a separate service provider.

There are other sources that are available ONLY by streaming. They may either be free (typically supported by non-skippable ads, maybe LOTS AND LOTS of them), or available by paid subscription. Some have two tiers -- a lower priced one with some included ads and a higher premium one with no ads.

Those who think their viewing will be free by "cutting the cable" are bound to be disappointed, unless they are content to watch only the free ad-supported streaming options. The savings, if any, typically come from paying only for those channels you want, instead of an overblown cable/satellite package that includes a bunch of channels you never watch.

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