Streaming instead of linearly watching television: you save that much money | September Money Month

mining coLinear television viewing is increasingly a thing of the past. A decoder is therefore no longer a must, because nowadays you can also watch TV online or via an app. It is often perfectly possible to omit your decoder from your subscription, and that saves on your bill for internet and TV. shows you what you can save.

By Felix Ferret, in collaboration with Mijntelco

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Telenet recorded about 50,000 fewer TV customers last year. Fewer and fewer people watch linear TV, but do so online via streaming when it suits them. Today, the various telecom players are trying to respond to this need by offering online TV via an app as an alternative. In that case you no longer need a decoder. If you opt for online TV via streaming, the choice of your corresponding internet subscription is important, and more specifically the speed of your internet.

‘Regular television’ or streaming: These are the main differences.

Limited number of channels

Especially for those who only watch a limited number of channels, watching TV online is an interesting option. For example, Telenet and Orange now offer the option of adding TV without a decoder to your subscription. Their bundles also include unlimited high-speed internet, which is a must for high-definition streaming on multiple devices at once.

In addition to the flexibility and the ability to watch different channels on different devices at the same time, watching TV online offers other advantages. This way you can rewatch programs if you missed the start, and watch recordings up to 60 days later, wherever and whenever you want.

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When it comes to internet speed, Orange is the undisputed frontrunner in this story. The Orange TV Lite package includes online TV and internet at speeds of up to 400 Mbps. You can watch TV via the Orange TV Plus app, which you download on your smart TV or on another device. You can enjoy twenty channels, including the most popular Flemish and French-language channels.

For Orange TV Lite you pay 8.50 euros per month. By way of comparison: anyone who adds TV to his package via a decoder pays 17 euros per month. Combine your TV Lite with fast internet from Orange, which gives you internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps, and the monthly final amount for TV and internet is EUR 50.50.

Within many families, streaming is not only limited to online TV, movies and series are also streamed, often on different devices at the same time. In that case, Orange TV Lite with super-fast internet is a better choice. For 59.50 euros per month you can enjoy online TV and internet with speeds of up to 400 Mbps.


Telenet also comes with an offer that allows you to watch television without a decoder. With TV flow, you can watch TV without a Telenet TV box, via streaming. You then watch online TV on your smart TV or via the Telenet app on another device. You can choose from fourteen Flemish channels.

For TV flow you do have to make a combination in your package with All-Internet from Telenet, with which you can enjoy unlimited internet at speeds of up to 300 Mbps. For All-Internet and TV flow together you pay 67.62 euros per month. If you decide to watch TV with a decoder, you pay 87.12 euros per month. If you use a decoder, high internet speeds are less important and Telenet’s Easy Internet is sufficient in most cases. You pay 60.85 per month for the Easy Internet and TV iconic package.


Today, Proximus also offers Pickx the option to watch TV wherever and whenever you want on your favorite device. Pickx is standard included in your Flex pack. It offers you one central platform for live TV with eighty channels, streaming, and movies and series on demand. A decoder remains included in your package. For a Flex pack with unlimited surfing up to 100 Mbps you pay 63.99 euros per month.

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This article was brought to you by our partner Mijntelco. is an independent telecom comparator of internet, mobile telephony, television and fixed line.

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