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Can I get cable?

I don’t have cable TV. Is there a way I can pay extra to have cable TV with ROKU? I am in Canada. Thanks 

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Re: Can I get cable?

You obviously can't use a physical cable since standalone Roku's don't have tuners, and even a RokuTV can't handle encrypted tuned channels. There are various Internet-based 'cable' alternatives, although I'm not sure just how many are available in Canada. Using them could cause issues with any data caps. Some cable services may offer their content through various apps, although not all offer it through Roku, but only phone/tablets and maybe computers.

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Re: Can I get cable?

As @andyross mentioned, there are cable alternatives available for Roku devices. I suspect that some/most might be available in Canada. You can start by checking for YouTube TV and Sling TV. Both offer a number of "cable" channels. For more specific content, there's CBS All Access, HBO is available, and I'm sure I've overlooked more. If you have Amazon Prime Video, they also offer the ability to subscribe to other providers within their system. 


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