Streaming Tips & Tricks

Streaming your video over a broadband Internet connection is now a mainstream option. More than 8 in 10 households in the U.S. subscribe to at least one streaming service. Streaming allows you to create your own customized lineup. Watch Live TV, video on demand, or both.

  • Local channels are available in this area on streaming services like YouTubeTV, NewsON, STIRR, Hulu+ and others.
  • Live sports are now widely available through a variety of streaming platforms.
    • ESPN+ has a huge selection of streaming live sports, no traditional pay TV subscription (cable TV or satellite) required.
    • Streaming is now the ONLY way to watch local high school sports and other Montana high school events on the NFHS Network. You can stream NFHS on any mobile device (like smartphones & tablets) and most TV streaming platforms (Roku, Google TV, Apple TV & more).
    • The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) streams on The Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV, available in SlingTV’s Heartland Extras (choose the Orange and/or Blue and then Heartland Extras in Add-Ons) or through The Cowboy Channel Plus App annual subscription.
    • Big Sky Conference events including Cat & Griz games stream on FuboTV.

Streaming Devices

Streaming TV can seem complicated, but many streaming devices and services are easier to use than a cable or satellite set-top box and remote!

To start streaming, you simply need an Internet connection and a SmartTV or other device with streaming capabilities. Many customers may already have both.

Internet-Connected Smart TV

Many newer flat-screen TV’s come with streaming capabilities already installed. If you can see apps like Netflix or Roku in your TV’s menu, it is a Smart TV. Smart TV’s have an app store just like a smartphone where you can download streaming services.

Other Streaming Devices

If your TV doesn’t already have streaming, or you are looking for a streaming app that isn’t available on your Smart TV, you can purchase a device that plugs into the USB port on your TV set. Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, XBOX and PlayStation are commonly used streaming devices.

Ask us about getting a FREE streaming device so you can start watching today!

Streaming Services

Free live local TV. Live Montana High School events. Huge libraries of old Westerns. Every episode of your favorite TV series. Classic sitcoms and movies on demand. There are SO MANY options, the only problem is what to watch first!

Start by checking out apps already installed on your Smart TV or streaming device.

Then use these online tools to find the services that carry the other shows and movies you want to watch:

Compares billions of combinations of TV services and finds the best for you.

Answer a few questions to receive a personalized live TV recommendation with the channels you actually want to watch.

Streaming services listed below are provided for your information. These services are not offered or billed by or affiliated with Mid-Rivers Communications.

Live & Local

Montana Legislative Sessions
NewsOn Logo
DirecTV Stream
FUBO TV logo

On Demand

Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV +
Disney Plus