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batesd
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Do you still need cable with Roku?

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I'm considering getting a Roku TV. I currently have cable. I watch shows on ABC and it makes me link my TV provider. Will I be able to watch shows on ABC (not live TV) if I get a Roku TV and cancel my cable subscription?

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RokuArjiemar
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Re: Do you still need cable with Roku?

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Hello! @batesd,

We're thrilled to have you join us here in the Roku Community!

Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry. We are happy to help you and provide any assistance you may need.

Once you purchase your Roku device, there are no additional equipment fees and there are no monthly fees for watching free channels. You’ll only pay for subscriptions to apps like Netflix, cable-replacement services like Sling TV, or movie and TV show rentals from services like Prime Video or Apple TV. You’ll be able to watch free or paid entertainment from services like Netflix, Prime Video, The Roku Channel, and more. And there are thousands more apps for sports, news, international, and kids, including broadcast channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

If you pay for cable, there are no additional charges to watch many cable or satellite channels on your Roku device. You can even download your cable provider’s app and use your Roku device as a second cable box. 

Please feel free to let us know if you need any additional assistance!

Thanks,
Arjiemar

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mop_891
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@batesd 

There channels that require a cable subscription to use like Watch TCM, Max, MGM+. If you drop  cable anything that you now use your cable TV credentials to activate will no longer work. In other words if you wanted MAX or MGM+ without cable you'd have to pay to subscribe, As for watch TCM I don't think you can get that unless you subscribe to TCM somewhere be that cable TV or some other streaming service.

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RokuArjiemar
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Re: Do you still need cable with Roku?

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Hello! @batesd,

We're thrilled to have you join us here in the Roku Community!

Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry. We are happy to help you and provide any assistance you may need.

Once you purchase your Roku device, there are no additional equipment fees and there are no monthly fees for watching free channels. You’ll only pay for subscriptions to apps like Netflix, cable-replacement services like Sling TV, or movie and TV show rentals from services like Prime Video or Apple TV. You’ll be able to watch free or paid entertainment from services like Netflix, Prime Video, The Roku Channel, and more. And there are thousands more apps for sports, news, international, and kids, including broadcast channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

If you pay for cable, there are no additional charges to watch many cable or satellite channels on your Roku device. You can even download your cable provider’s app and use your Roku device as a second cable box. 

Please feel free to let us know if you need any additional assistance!

Thanks,
Arjiemar

Arjiemar
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batesd
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Thanks for all the info. Just to clarify, when you say "including broadcast channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC", is that only LIVE broadcasts?

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RokuTakashi
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Re: Do you still need cable with Roku?

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Thanks for keeping us posted, @batesd

Live TV channels are available on Roku. This includes the news channels that you have mentioned and many more. For more information, you can refer to this link Watch Live TV on Roku Devices

If there's anything we can do to assist you further, let us know.

Best wishes,
Kash

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batesd
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Re: Do you still need cable with Roku?

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I'm sorry but I was asking if you need cable to watch shows that are NOT live.

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mop_891
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@batesd 

There channels that require a cable subscription to use like Watch TCM, Max, MGM+. If you drop  cable anything that you now use your cable TV credentials to activate will no longer work. In other words if you wanted MAX or MGM+ without cable you'd have to pay to subscribe, As for watch TCM I don't think you can get that unless you subscribe to TCM somewhere be that cable TV or some other streaming service.

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