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Streaming TV FAQs

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Yes.  With Roku you can access cable-alternative services like Hulu + Live TV or Sling.

You can also buy standalone subscriptions to premium channels like HBO Now or SHOWTIME, with no contracts or commitments. 

Yes. Several streaming providers offer Live TV, and some include local TV stations.

Popular options for live and local streaming are Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV.

You’re welcome to use any device that suits your needs (Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, etc). All will work with Ziply Fiber's fast, reliable internet service.

If you don’t have a device, Ziply Fiber offers the Roku Streaming Stick+ with 1080 HD and 4K streaming quality.

Yes. The definition of “streaming” is the delivery of content (video, music, games, etc.) over the internet.

Think of our internet service as a freeway, and content as cars.
Streaming is basically the process of a car (aka content) traveling along our Internet highway to the destination of your TV.

The price of streaming subscription services can vary depending on a few things like the type of content, features or add-ons, the number of people who can use the service at the same time, whether you will see ads, and more.

For example:

  • Netflix offers plans ranging from $8.99 to $15.99 per month.
  • Other services featuring Live TV + cloud DVR start with a base fee (Hulu Live+ $54.99) and offer options to add premium channels (HBO, Starz, Showtime) at an additional cost.

Best of all, you can simply sign up directly with a streaming provider. Many let you cancel any time with no penalty – giving you the power to truly only pay for the content you want to watch.

On-Demand Movies & TV

Live TV (similar to Cable)

Live streaming services like Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV work with most of your existing devices like smartphones, tablets, computers and streaming devices.

It depends more on the connections your TV has versus its age. If you have an available HDMI port, a streaming device should work.

Speeds will vary based on the content quality and number of streaming devices used in your home.

For quality, smooth video, see the FCC’s minimum suggested speeds based on number of streaming devices and other content types.

Device Quantity

Basic Video, Internet Radio

Streaming HD, Multiparty video chat, Online gaming

HD Gaming, 4K Video

Multiple high-demand apps at the same time

1 user on 1 device

3 – 8 Mbps

3 – 8 Mbps

12-25 Mbps

2 users or devices at once

3 – 8 Mbps

12-25 Mbps

25+ Mbps

3 users or devices at once

12-25 Mbps

12-25 Mbps

25+ Mbps

4 users or devices at once

12-25 Mbps

25+ Mbps

25+ Mbps

It depends entirely on what you like to watch.  Streaming services today offer much of the same entertainment channels and content as cable providers.

There are several ways to get the same kinds of content provided through your cable subscription.

  • Pay a monthly subscription for unlimited access to on-demand movies, TV shows and originals
    • Sample providers - Netflix, Hulu, Disney+
  • Rent or purchase new movies or TV episodes/seasons
    • Sample providers:  Vudu, Prime Video, iTunes
  • Pay a monthly subscription for Live TV, Local Stations and Sports
    • Sample providers:  Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV
  • Pay a monthly subscription for premium channels
    • Sample providers - HBO Max, Showtime, Starz
  • Watch free streaming movies and TV with ads
    • Sample providers - Tubi TV, Pluto TV, IMDB TV

If you’re somewhere with a good signal, you can also watch live broadcasts from your local TV stations using an HD antenna.

Yes. Providers of live TV subscriptions offer TV Everywhere access in an array of channel apps and websites.

Provider

TV Everywhere App Access

AT&T TV

35+ apps

YouTube TV

30+ apps

Hulu + Live TV

30+ apps

Philo

30+ apps

Sling TV

15+ apps

Actual app counts may vary by subscription plan tier.

No. A Smart TV is itself a streaming device.

Smart TVs come with a set of entertainment apps preloaded and the ability to download content directly to your set. 

If you don't have a Smart TV, adding a streaming device can create similar benefits.

If you can watch a video for free on your computer or phone, a streaming device should allow you to access that content on your TV at no additional cost.

For access to newer movies, tv shows, and sports, however, many providers like Netflix and Hulu require a paid subscription.

You can also watch on-demand movies & TV for free with some ad-supported providers like Tubi TV and IMDB TV.

It depends. If you have multiple TVs in your home but you only watch one at a time, you can simply move your device from one TV to another. All of your current device and account settings will stay intact. However, if you want to watch entertainment on more than one TV at the same time, then you will need a separate device for each TV.

Most of the popular streaming devices include apps for watching your personal media collection. Some of the more popular apps available include Serviio, Plex, and MiniDLNA/ReadyDLNA/ReadyMedia.

You cannot use a home DVR to record streaming videos.

However several subscription services do offer a cloud DVR to record movies & TV shows including YouTubeTV, Hulu Live+, and AT&T TV.

They work hand in hand. Your Roku account serves as a portal for the device to access entertainment across thousands of streaming channels. It’s also the key to customizing your streaming experience. Use it to set up your favorite channels and personalize your home page.   

Your Roku account does NOT require a credit card, but adding a payment method makes it easy to rent or buy movies and subscribe to popular services like Netflix.

Yes! 

Access 140+ sports channels including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL plus health, fitness and yoga channels.  Some are free; others require a subscription.

Absolutely!  Access networks like FOX, NBC, or connect a paid subscription to cable alternatives like Sling TV or YouTube TV. 

Roku has you covered.

You can access a number of free TV services like tubi and Pluto TV with your Roku.

You can opt for a paid subscription to a service like Hulu + Live TV for unlimited streaming of current episodes and full seasons of hit shows.

Roku gives movie buffs SO many choices! 

First, you can choose from a variety of free movie channels like Crackle, The Roku Channel and more. 

You can also add paid monthly subscriptions to providers like Netflix, or rent the latest movie releases from services like VUDU.

Roku is perfect for movie lovers, because you can get exactly what you’re looking for, when you want it, without all the extra stuff you don’t want. 

With Roku, you can access app version of many cable or satellite channels in any room where you have a TV with an HDMI port.

There are no additional charges to watch many cable or satellite channels through your Roku device.