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What is Streaming Video Service?

Streaming Video Service is an on demand online entertainment source for TV shows, movies and other streaming media. These services offer an alternative to traditional Cable or Satellite TV subscriptions and typically cost less and do not require any long-term contracts. Some of the most well-known streaming services include Netflix, Hulu and Sling TV.

How is Streaming Video Service different than my regular Cable TV Subscription?

With a regular cable TV subscription, you receive your video service from your Cable Company. This service is delivered to you via coax (cable) or fiber (IPTV) directly into your home. With this service, you will typically have 250+ available channels offered to you from your cable company. These channels include your local networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, local news, weather and sports), national networks (AMC, Comedy Central, TNT, etc.) and premium channels (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz). When you watch these channels, it is in real-time only, unless you record a show onto a DVR and watch it later. These channels are grouped into a few different packages with different monthly costs. On average, you can expect to pay about $70 a month for a limited channel package plus an additional cost for set top boxes, DVR service, broadcast fees and more. Additionally, Cable Companies many times require long-term contracts if you want to get the lowest advertised price on their services.

Streaming Video Service is delivered over the Internet. You can subscribe to this service from many different providers like Netflix, Hulu, Sling, etc. as long as you have an Internet connection and some sort of streaming device like an AirTV Player. The benefit of streaming video service providers is that there are many options available so you have much more choice in which channels you want to view and how much you want to pay for them. Plus, streaming video service is on demand from anywhere you go and on available to view on most wireless devices. Additionally, when you switch to streaming video service through an AirTV player, you can connect an over-the-air antenna and receive all the local channels available in your area for free! And the best part is that you will probably pay much less each month if you switch to streaming video services from a regular cable TV subscription. Plus, there are no long-term contracts!

NTS offers a new streaming bundle that includes fast fiber Internet, and AirTV Player and access to local channels and streaming video services – all for less than $55 per month! Click here to learn about the AirTV Bundle from NTS.

Can I get my favorite local channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, local news, weather and sports) with Streaming Video Service?

Not many streaming video service providers will offer local channels. However, if you switch to streaming video service from NTS, we will provide you with a simple solution to keep all of your favorite local channels! Simply use an AirTV Player and an antenna and you can continue to receive these channels. Click here to learn about the AirTV Bundle from NTS.

If you would like to see which local channels are available to your home, visit www.antennaweb.org and enter your zip code.

Can I get Streaming Video Service in every room of my home?

Yes. For each TV that is receiving streaming channels or local channels from an antenna, you will need a streaming device (like an AirTV Player) and an antenna. Click here to learn about the AirTV Bundle from NTS.

How much do local channels from an antenna cost? Will I save money if I switch from Cable TV to Streaming Video Service?

Local channels are broadcast over the air – for free! All you need to do is sign up for video streaming services from NTS to start saving money on local channels. Click here to learn about the AirTV Bundle from NTS.

If I get local channels from an antenna, will I be able to see what’s playing on a digital guide and record my favorite shows?

If you use the AirTV Player from NTS with an antenna, the local channels will come with an interactive program guide to show you what is playing on each channel. DVR function on the AirTV Player is coming soon.

How much does Streaming Video Service cost? Will I save money if I switch from Cable TV to Streaming Video Service?

Streaming video service costs vary by the provider. In most cases, you will save money by switching from your Cable TV subscription to a streaming video service provider. Click here to learn more about the streaming video services that NTS recommends.

I already know where my favorite channels are with my Cable TV Subscription. If I switch to Streaming Video Service, how will I be able to find these channels?

All streaming service providers will have an interactive guide that is easily searchable so that you can find your favorite channels. The AirTV Player even comes with a remote control that allows for you to search using your own voice! Click here to learn about the AirTV Bundle from NTS.

Do I need to buy a lot of new equipment in order to Stream Video Service?

No. All you need for streaming video service and live, local channels in an AirTV Player and an antenna. NTS will install the equipment at your home and will provide ongoing support if you have any questions or any issues happen to arise. Click here to learn about the AirTV Bundle from NTS.

Does Streaming Video Service offer a DVR option so that I can record my favorite shows?

Most streaming video service providers offer Cloud DVR service. The amount of storage, time length of storage and cost varies by provider. Click here to learn more about the streaming video services that NTS recommends.

Will I lose my favorite network channels (AMC, TNT, HBO, etc.) if I switch to Streaming Video Service?

The majority of network channels are available on one or more different streaming video services. Depending on which channels you want to keep, there is great low cost streaming option available to you! Click here to learn more about the streaming video services that NTS recommends.

There are so many Streaming Video Services available. How do I know which one is the best for me and has all the channels that I want for the best price?

Depending on which channels watch and how much you want to spend each month, are many different streaming video services available to you! Click here to learn more about the streaming video services that NTS recommends.

Streaming Video Service seems too complicated. Will NTS help me choose the right service and install it at my home?

It may seem complicated at first, but it really isn’t! And NTS is here to help you every step of the way.

If I switch to Streaming Video Service, will I still get channels in HD?

For the most part, Yes, you will usually be able to get channels or video content in HD. Some streaming providers, like Netflix, will charge a higher monthly rate for HD. Most streaming providers offer a very good quality picture that will look just as sharp as HD. Any over the air channels (local channels) will only come in HD if the programmer offers it.

Do I need to use a AirTV Player or can I use another streaming device for Streaming Video Service?

NTS recommends the AirTV Player because it is one of the most widely compatible streaming devices available and allows you to easily view live, local broadcast channels. However, there are many alternative devices that are very good as well including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.

Can I get Streaming Video Service at my business?

You will need to check with the individual streaming provider or programmer to see if the streaming service/channel is available for a business.