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Can You Use a Smart TV Without Cable TV?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

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, Amazon or Vudu.

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.

(If you don't have a home network installed,
here's a guide on how to do it.
If you use a TV to access the Internet rather than a set-top, the steps are pretty similar if the TV has Wi-Fi built-in, such as these.)

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.

For more information and products that can help you get the most of a Smart TV, check out
this page from Amazon.com.

For more information and products that help you get the most of a Smart TV set-top, check out this page from Amazon.com

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