Question of the month: Do I still need Comcast, Shentel, DirecTV or Dish for my television?

  • Posted on: 1 December 2020
  • By: Lhuber

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You're welcome to keep your current TV service, but most WideOpen customers rarely keep a cable or satellite television provider for more than a couple months after having fiber Internet installed. Streaming top quality HDTV over fiber is as easy as a click of the remote. We offer a detailed TV guide (updated every few weeks) to help you make the best possible choice when selecting streaming providers*. The guide explains many of the available TV plans (from just a few local channels to full live TV packages) offered by the top tier providers including AT&T TV, Hulu Live TV, YouTube Live, Fubo, Sling, Pluto, and Philo live streaming TV providers. Have fun exploring a new world of entertainment including AMC+, Disney+, Netflix, AppleTV, Britbox, Amazon and HBO Max.

How do I watch streaming TV?

  • You will need a smart TV or a Wireless Device like a Roku Streaming Stick or Apple TV to work with your TV. Roku sticks cost around $30 and Apple TV devices are available for $100-$160.
  • Connect your new wireless device or Smart TV to your wireless services, by signing in with the same password you use for connecting to Internet in your home.
  • Smart TVs and wireless devices come preloaded with many TV provider and streaming apps. Take a stroll and scroll through your new device.
  • Choose the app (TV service) you want to try, then follow directions to enter billing information.
  • If adding an app to your device is not easy to configure, use Google to search with the
    following search terms: “How do I add an app to my (brand) TV or Roku”.
  • If you don’t see an app you’d like to use, find the smart hub or app store option on your device and use the magnifying glass to find the app.
    Most of these streaming services require credit card and address info even for the free trial. Be sure to cancel before the end of the trial period to avoid charges! It is easiest to cancel by signing into the provider on your laptop.

    How do I watch my local channels?

    All top tier streaming TV providers include local channels as part of their package. AT&T TV, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube Live are three of the most popular services for full regional TV coverage. WSLS, WDBJ7, PBS and all your favorite channels, and more, are a basic part of their streaming package.

    *As an Open Access provider we remain neutral and independent and offer standard and transparent pricing to both ISPs and streaming services on our network. We don't compete with the ISPs or streaming services so our customers can have maximum choice and freedom to change services with no interference or hinderance from us.