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Can You Use a Smart TV Without Cable TV?

Q.  I’m thinking of getting a Smart TV to watch Netflix and other streaming services, but I don’t subscribe to cable or satellite. Can I use a Smart TV without cable or satellite? — Eddie, Brooklyn, New York.

Eddie, first, for those who are not familiar with Smart TVs, it’s the term used for a television or set-top box that can connect to your home network and allow you to access the Internet, including video streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

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If you use a set-top box, you will want one that has Wi-Fi built-in. This allows you to connect to the Internet using your home network without plugging your Internet cable directly to the TV or set-top.

Now to your question: You don’t need a video subscription to a satellite, cable or telco TV service to use a Smart TV or Smart TV device, such as a Blu-ray player or Roku. The cable, satellite or telco TV services have nothing to do with the Internet streaming services that you will watch. You also won’t need an antenna or any other video device.

However, you will need a subscription to some kind of Internet service, whether it’s from a cable or telco operator or some other company. With your home connected to the Internet, you can watch your favorite streaming services on the Smart TV or Smart TV device.

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