Do you need a satellite to stream?

No.  You need an internet connection.

Is streaming easy?

Yes.  It’s different to cable or satellite.  But once you get accustomed to the interface or the guide, you will wish you had done it sooner.

Is it easy to switch from traditional satellite or cable to streaming?

Yes.  There is no need to set up an appointment with a cable installer to set up cable boxes.

What do I need to start streaming?

You need a supported device, a high-speed internet connection and a subscription to your favorite streaming service. Keep in mind, there are many streaming services that don’t even require a subscription.

What internet speed should I have?

Internet speeds of at least 8Mbps or more is recommended for the best quality at home.  If you are watching on 3 devices, you should have at least 3 x 8Mbps or 24Mbps of internet speed.

On mobile devices, you should have at least 150Kbps to 2.5Mbps for standard-definition or 2.5 to 7.5Mbps for high-definition streaming.

What is cloud DVR?

Cloud DVR gives you the ability to record live TV and play it back on your own time.  You can fast forward and rewind your recorded content.

Can I watch on multiple devices at the same time?

Many streaming services allow you to stream on more than one device with many allowing up to 3 devices. If you wish to stream on more than 3, you can, by paying more.

Do I have to sign a contract?

No.  Currently, there are no contracts and you can cancel any time without cancellation fees.

Can I get local channels from my streaming service like CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS and FOX?

Sometimes.  Some streaming services don’t provide any local networks, while other provide limited access to local channels.  We always recommend you separately purchase an HDTV antenna.

Is streaming cheaper than having satellite or cable TV?

It’s the $100,000 question. Let’s break it down.

The average cable bill in 2020 is $217/month. You should be able to keep your streaming costs below that figure if, and I stress if, you keep it simple.

It means going with one or two paid streaming services. The monthly cost for a live TV streaming service is between $20-$89/month.

In addition, you have to pay for your monthly internet connection. The average internet bill is $60/month.

Add those two figures up, you get a total of between $80-$149/month, which is still below the average cable bill.

However, if you add two or more paid streaming services, your bill will begin to look more like a traditional cable bill.

In our household, we have one premium service coupled with a bunch of free ones and we are very happy.

Additional Resources

How to watch TV without cable or satellite, can be read here

4 things cable companies don’t want you to know about antennashere

How to rescan your TVhere

How to reduce your cable billhere

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