I have a new TV Sharp/Roku my question is am I still connected to internet and using data if I am watching TV on my Direct TV box ?

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wm4bama, Champion

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Pat, if your only connection to the internet is Exede then all usage is counted, included Roku..do you have a DirectTv dish to receive TV channels?  If you only have a Wildblue/Exede/Viasat dish then you should disconnect your DirectTV box from the internet or risk using all your allowance quickly by streaming Roku through your Exede modem..
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Thank you.   I do have a Direct TV Dish to receive the TV channels, also have Exede for my internet and last month I went way over my usage the only thing different was the new TV.  I never thought when the TV was initially set up that I was connecting it to the internet to receive my Direct TV viewing.
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Well you still use DirectTV for normal TV use, but ROKU is a streaming service that requires an internet connection..so that's why you went way over your usage...best to disconnect your TV from your internet service..
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What Smart TV do you have?

Most Smart TV's have a menu option to do this..for example on a Vizio smart TV you would do this:

To turn off Smart Interactivity through the VIZIO Plus TV feature:
  1. Press the Menu button on your remote control or open the HDTV Settings app.
  2. Select System.
  3. Select Reset & Admin.
  4. Highlight Smart Interactivity.
  5. Press the right arrow to switch the setting to Off
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James Paramore

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Bama, all that does is keep the TV from collecting data, which Vizio got in trouble for. They have stopped doing that now. To disconnect the TV from the internet you would need to remove your wifi SSID and password. 
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Annita Norsworthy

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James Paramore, how do you remove your wifi SSID and password? I have a Samsung TV. Thanks. 
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Annita the object you want is to prevent your TV from connecting to your router no matter what the reason...and, you should also make sure your DirecTV box can't connect to your router..

This article will tell you how to prevent your TV from connecting to your router:

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2013384

This article tells you how to keep DirecTV from connecting to your router:

https://forums.att.com/t5/DIRECTV-DVR-Receivers/How-to-disconnect-DirecTV-from-wifi-PERMANENTLY/td-p...
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James Paramore

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Annita, when you first setup your TV you had to enter your SSID and password to connect yo your wifi. Go back into the network settings in your TV and delete the SSID and password, save and back out. You are now disconnected from your wifi.
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Roku will definitely use data and if you're doing DirecTVNOW (DirecTV's streaming service) that will be using data as well. Like stated above (Thanks Wm4Bama) just watching DirecTV channels on their satellite TV won't affect usage unless you're getting their Video On Demand rentals for new movies
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I will disconnect my TV from the internet, when I want to stream then I will just reconnect.  Not too much on streaming yet.  Thanks so much for your reply.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I have a new TV Sharp/Roku.
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I have a Sharp TV and it is connected to the internet. However, unless you go and specifically watch a show on the streaming services it offers, it will not use data. That would be services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.
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Thru directv it will depend  on if you are viewing VOD content that needs to be downloaded to the internet.