Television Access

Many people subscribe to either cable or satellite television from such providers as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, or Dish Network. Customers of these services frequently express dissatisfaction about the inability to choose specific channels, the high frequency of commercials, and the massive monthly cost. Perhaps more troubling, these companies fund the political campaigns of far-right candidates, and most oppose net neutrality, the notion that internet service providers should treat all data equally and not restrict access based on the ability to pay web-traffic fees.[1] Comcast alone spent nearly $15 million in 2012 lobbying Congress.[2] The only supporter of net neutrality among cable/satellite television providers is Dish Network.[3]


Although progressive cable/satellite television options are not yet available, you can avoid supporting the main providers in two ways. First, a modern TV antenna will give you free access to programs on the major networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. Second, a broadband internet connection can give you access to most television programs and movies with a streaming player or smart TV. The only monthly fees you incur are those for your internet connection and channel subscriptions, such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and HBO GO. In fact, most of 1,800 channels are free!


Best Option for a Streaming Player or Smart TV

There are currently four primary streaming players: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Fortunately, these companies either do not contribute to political campaigns or do not allocate the majority of their contributions to far right candidates. According to CNET, the best streamer is produced by Roku.[4]


Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (2014 model)

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player


TCL Smart Roku TV

  • Does not make political contributions
  • Highly rated by CNET[1]


Indoor HDTV Antenna Options


AmazonBasics Ultra-Thin Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna


Best Option for Traditional Cable/Satellite TV Provider

– Dish Network

  • Does not allocate the majority of political contributions to far-right candidates
  • Supports net neutrality