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What is live streaming TV? (And how to get started)

What is streaming TV?

Instead of downloading a file to your computer or device, streaming allows for listening to music or watching video in “real time.” With internet videos and webcasts of live events, there is no file to download, just a continuous stream of data or content.

Live TV streaming vs. Traditional TV

  • Live TV streaming functions like traditional TV with live channels, guides, DVR function and more.
  • Both Traditional TV and Live Streaming TV air content live at a specific time on a specific channel.
  • Whereas Live TV streaming services deliver entertainment over the internet.

Why choose live TV streaming?

If you love watching your shows live but wish you had more flexibility to view just your favorite content, then Live TV streaming is for you!

  • Enjoy the excitement of watching TV live.
  • Watch only the content you love.
  • Mix and match your live TV streaming services with traditional TV or a cable package.
  • Access hard-to-get local content.

How do I stream live TV?

To stream live TV you’ll need a fast internet connection, a streaming device including a streaming box, computer, tablet, or phone, a good WiFI connection for your home, and a streaming app such as Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and more.


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Streaming services

Get started with streaming live TV by selecting the right service for you.

Live TV vs. On Demand Streaming

Live TV Streaming Services

  • Watch the latest show or games in real time
  • Enjoy genre specific content
  • Watch local TV in the moment
  • Subscription-based

On Demand Streaming Services

  • “On Demand” means no live TV streaming, just shows & movies on your schedule
  • These streaming services often offer original content
  • Subscription-based

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