How Do You Watch Television Live?


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Live television can be watched by subscribing to a TV or online provider. Cable and satellite providers broadcast live TV channels to their customers. Some online services also offer the same option, but may offer fewer channel options. Depending on a channel, the network might air a live television broadcast, such as sporting events or newscasts.

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How Do You Watch Television Live?
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Live television is a TV broadcast that airs in real-time and has not been previously recorded. Live television can sometimes cause issues since the broadcast is airing unedited. To avoid any serious mishaps, most television networks broadcast live programs with a slight delay. The delay allows the network to censor content if needed to comply with the Federal Communications Commission regulations.

As of 2015, some TV providers, such as Comcast and DirecTV, allow live TV to be viewed on PC and mobile devices. In order to watch live TV at home, providers may require a commitment contract and equipment to be installed. Providers also give the option to choose different TV packages that include various TV channels. Online TV providers, such as Sling TV, offer a monthly payment plans without a contract. Sling TV only requires an Internet connection and doesn't require extra installation equipment.

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