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Saltbox TV Review

A streaming service designed exclusively for older adults

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Free streaming service
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SeniorLiving.org Rating:
4.5 of 5
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5,000+ communities use Saltbox TV

Did you know older adults spend more time watching TV than any other age group?1 With older viewers making up so much of the market, why aren't there more TV shows and movies tailored to their preferences? The founders of Saltbox TV sought to answer that question, and it sparked the creation of the first-ever streaming service designed specifically for seniors.

Saltbox TV is completely free, doesn't require an account to use, and can be accessed from any internet-enabled device. Older adults can enjoy TV and movies, educational videos, health and wellness content, and original Saltbox programming you can't find anywhere else — all from Saltbox TV's easy-to-use website.

Read on to learn more about Saltbox TV and my experience trying this service designed just for older adults!

About Saltbox TV

When the world shut down in 2020, senior living communities entered strict quarantines. Live entertainment and activities were halted and replaced by virtual programming. At the time, Patty Carver, a writer and entertainer, had been performing one-woman musicals in senior living facilities across the country for over two decades. She and her husband, Grammy- and Tony-nominated Broadway producer Jerry Goehring, realized there was a lack of virtual content designed just for seniors. No one was asking older adults — a population often overlooked in the media — what they wanted. Patty and Jerry got to work developing Saltbox TV, the very first streaming service for seniors. Saltbox TV is now available on any internet-enabled device for free, and it's also featured in around 5,000 senior living communities nationwide.

Fun Fact: The Saltbox TV website was designed with insights from gerontologists and occupational therapists to ensure the platform is easy to use and suited for older users.

The service is full of fan-favorite shows and movies, educational and wellness content, and Saltbox originals. Goehring, the CEO and co-founder, puts it this way: “Our goal is to make this a one-stop shop for not only older adults, but also the people in their lives who support them. This is more than just a place to come and watch old TV shows and movies; this is a place to learn, grow, and engage.”

What We Like About Saltbox TV

  • Streaming service designed for older adults
  • Easy to use, even if you're not tech-savvy
  • Completely free
  • No account or password required
  • TV, movies, and educational, health, and wellness content
  • Saltbox originals
  • Available online, via Roku and Amazon Firestick, and in about 5,000 senior communities nationwide

Things to Keep in Mind About Saltbox TV

  • Relatively small library of content
  • Advertisements during content
  • No subtitles

Saltbox TV Content

Saltbox TV offers a variety of content, from classic movies and TV shows to senior workout videos and cooking shows. You'll find content about music, religion, aging, and educational topics, along with original Saltbox programs.

Did You Know: If you live in a senior living community, your facility may have Saltbox TV available on iN2L devices, so ask the staff. If not, then you can still access the streaming service on your computer, phone, or tablet.

While perusing the platform, I found some of my old favorites: “The Lucy Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “The Little Shop of Horrors” (even though it terrified me as a kid!). I also came across newer shows such as “Pasta Grannies,” in which the cutest Italian grandmas I'd ever seen taught me how to make different types of handmade pasta. There are several workout videos for seniors who want to stay active, such as “Chair Yoga With Kristin” and “Senior Fitness With Meredith.”

Scrolling through the shows available on Saltbox TV

Scrolling through the shows available on Saltbox TV

Saltbox Originals

Saltbox TV strives to combat ageism and provide a platform for older adults and artists to step into the spotlight through Saltbox original content. This is one of my favorite things about the streaming service, since older adults are often underserved and underrepresented in the media despite being a vital part of our communities.

Pro Tip: Want a senior-friendly tablet or phone to watch Saltbox TV on? Visit our list of the best cell phones for older adults and the best senior-friendly smartphones.

With Goehring's background in Broadway production, Saltbox TV is producing both scripted and unscripted original content that features older adults and addresses topics relevant to their lives and experiences. I watched “Tammy Talks,” a Saltbox original TV show, where ageism activist Tammy Marshall sits down with older adults to talk about their experiences with ageism and how we can create change. “Silver Stars” is another original that's currently in the works, featuring the late Ed Asner. The show will focus on talent show contestants who are all ages 65 and older.

Saltbox TV original content

Saltbox TV original content

How to Use Saltbox TV

Saltbox TV is very easy and intuitive to use, even if you're not very familiar with tech. I'll walk you through the steps below.

  1. Head to Saltboxtv.com from any internet-enabled device, such as a phone, computer, or tablet. If you have a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick, then you can download the Saltbox TV app from your device's app store.
  2. On the homepage, you'll see Genres. There are several categories to choose from beneath this title, including Featured, TV Shows, Movies, and Saltbox Originals. You can click any of the genres and browse the content.
  3. Once you've found something you want to watch, click or tap the title.
  4. You'll see a short description and duration of the content. If it's a show, then you can scroll down and see all the available episodes.
  5. Click Watch Now. Your video will play after a short advertisement.
Navigating the Saltbox TV home screen

Navigating the Saltbox TV home screen

There is no limit to how many shows or movies you can watch, so grab some popcorn and settle in!

FYI: Saltbox TV is currently developing a mobile app for Apple and Android products, along with smart TVs.

Is Saltbox TV Free?

Saltbox TV is completely free. There is no subscription or monthly fee required. You may be wondering what the catch is. The answer is: There isn't one! We appreciate all the ways Saltbox TV considers the needs of older adults, including their budgets. People living on Social Security or fixed incomes won't have to worry about adding one more monthly bill.

So how does this compare to other streaming services? The majority of streaming services come with a monthly fee. Netflix, one of the most popular streaming services, starts at $9.99 per month, with prices increasing if you want to watch on multiple screens at once. Hulu, another major streaming platform, starts at $6.99 per month for an ad-supported plan or $12.99 per month for an ad-free plan.

Quick Tip: You'll need a reliable internet connection to use Saltbox TV. Check out our list of the best internet providers for some of our top picks.

Saltbox TV can save you over $100 per year compared to other streaming platforms (and you won't ever have to worry about price hikes). But remember: Saltbox TV's library is fairly limited compared to paid streaming services. You won't get access to all the latest shows and movies, and you'll have to sit through some advertisements. Still, the service is completely free and tailored to seniors, so it's worth perusing — and there's no risk! We expect Saltbox TV's library to continue expanding since it regularly adds new content.

Final Thoughts on Saltbox TV

As the first streaming service designed for older adults, Saltbox TV puts seniors and their wants first. I appreciate that the service is free and doesn't require any subscriptions, logins, or personal information to use. The website is simple, making it accessible to older adults who aren't as comfortable with technology. I also love the ways Saltbox TV strives to combat ageism, with original content featuring seniors and the topics that matter to them. Saltbox TV's library is fairly small, but I'm excited to see how this new service continues to grow in the months and years to come.

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