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petoni1229
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watching Suddenlink on Roku tv

Just bought a 65 inch Roku tv.  How do I get my Suddenlink channels on it?

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makaiguy
Community Streaming Expert

Re: watching Suddenlink on Roku tv

@petoni1229-

Suddenlink is your internet provider, right?  Do you also have cable tv thru them?

You can't display normal able channels on a Roku because it does not have a cable tuner.  You can only display channel apps expressly made for internet streaming.  The channel owners who want to be on Roku create and maintain Roku-compatible versions of their streaming apps and supply them to Roku.  Roku just provides the platform on which they run.

If you're in a location where you can pick up your local broadcast stations by antenna, you can watch these directly for free by connecting the antenna to the coaxial antenna input on your television.  If you can't do this, you'll need a tv provider of some sort to bring these stations to you in a form that can be streamed over the internet.

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makaiguy
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Re: watching Suddenlink on Roku tv

@petoni1229  - Continuing from previous message (forum message length limit exceeded)

Cable-type channels want to be paid. When you have a paid subscription to a "tv provider" service that carries these channels (like a Suddenlink cable 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 on the internet via a "TV Everywhere" channel app for those paying for the channel through a tv 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. 

Some streaming channels can be subscribed to directly via their web pages (Netflix, Prime Video, NBC Peacock, Paramount+, etc.). Then you can access them on any platform (Roku, firestick, AppleTV, computer, etc.) for which the channel has made an app available.  You just install their app to your Roku or other device and log into their app with the credentials you established with that channel.

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

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

So there are a myriad of options open to you besides just cable.

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: 

    • https://thestreamable.com/channels 
    • https://www.groundedreason.com/cord-cutting/tv-streaming/how-to-stream-by-channel/ 
    • https://suppose.tv/ (thanks to @DBDukes for this one)
     • .. and again, there may be others 

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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