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    question for tech savvy members

    There have been numerous threads about cutting the cable cord. I have been told and researched that with a smart tv, firestick, roku or apple device that you can get any channel. My question is for those who stream tv this way do you pay for a VPN ? Is a VPN necessary ? id so which VPN do you recommend ?
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    VPN no needed. I know from experience that Roku and Amazon Prime both have lots of stuff, much free and some priced. There are other paid services but to get "all channels" you probably spend considerable money.
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    You can unlock a firestick and get a whole lot of channels, this is why I questioned the need for a VPN. I have cut the cable cord a while back, get Amazon for free (wife already pays for prime), get Hulu for free through my cell service, pay for Netflix and YouTube TV. Everything on Netflix and YouTube TV can be seen on other streaming apps.
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    Streaming services are just one more use for internet service. If you don't already feel you need a VPN, adding streaming TV is not likely to justify it.
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    I have a Firestick. You can get a lot of channels offered by the Firestick without using a Virtal Privacy Network (VPN).
    However, if you are going to modify your Firestick to get even MORE streaming channels (like many YouTube videos show you how) you should probably use a VPN.
    Most VPN systems cost about $7 or $8 a month, and can be used on five different devices at a time.
    Using a VPN has other added benefits besides securing your TV. A VPN will give added security to your home wireless system, and prevent neighbors (or some creepy guy in a van parked in front of you house) from stealing your broadband, or even your identity.
    But more importantly, it will give you security for using your laptop, tablet, or phone on an open public wifi system. If you are on any outside wifi network (Starbucks, hotel or motel, or whatever store you're in), you really should be using a VPN.
    I use the IP-Vanish VPN, which is recommended on most Firestick videos on YouTube. Whenever I do any online shopping, banking, investment trades, medical review, or even look up my social security status, I make sure that my VPN is up and operating.
    Also, many foriegn countries prevent you from using your own streaming accounts unless you get a separate account in that country. When I was an international airline pilot, my VPN allowed me to use my U.S. Netflix account, without needing to get a separate account.
    For all these reasons, a VPN is well worth $7 or $8 a month, and I recommend getting one.
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    Just saw that Norton has VPN service on sale $49.99 for 1st year if you want to try one.
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    I use a VPN but not for TV. I don't think you need it for that. Now some use a VPN to access U.S. streaming services when they are out of the country. But that's to fool the service that you're in the U.S. The VPN gives them the appearance of a U.S. IP address.

    You can get any channel, assuming you subscribe to a service that offers it. Some people spend more on services than the cable cost them.
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    Let's say someone was to download apps and stream movies that just hit the theaters, or stream Netflix, YouTube Tv from alternative apps or all the cable channels from other apps ?

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    Tech savvy? I don't know, but I've been a software developer for nearly 40 years and have done my share of maintenance on software, hardware, and networks, so take it for what it costs you.

    I don't know why you would use a VPN for television. A VPN actually requires data overhead, so it slows down your bandwidth, making no advantage there. A VPN allows one to set up a network from distant points, as if it were all a local network. In consumer markets, VPNs are used to hid one's location and disguise traffic (for stealing services, looking at kiddie porn, and hiding passwords).

    Now, it is possible that some streaming services require each end point (your laptop or streaming box) to be on their network, and that would be where the VPN comes in. I've never heard of a streaming service doing that, and it would surprise me, but hey, what do I know?

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    I had never heard of "VPN" until reading this thread.
    I do know that my ROKU gets its signal from my wireless cable that my computer uses.
    The ROKU lets me get many hundreds of free programs.
    I do not pay any for extra channels, I am cheap (poor), but then I am not much of a TV watcher, either.

 

 
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