The Spectrum TV app provides a practical means of gaining access to Spectrum TV both inside and outside the home. However, while you are not connected to the internet network at your house, the channels and on-demand shows available to you will vary (read: you get fewer). The Spectrum TV app is functional, but it is not quite sufficient to replace cable television.
However, it offers some of the benefits of livestreaming TV services, such as the ability to organise favourite stations according to personal choice. When you’ve once again buried the remote control for the television under the couch cushions, the app can also serve as a remote control on your smartphone (it happens).
Even if it’s not your go-to option for watching TV, it’s still a smart idea to have the Spectrum TV app on hand because it’s included at no additional cost with your Spectrum account.
The Spectrum TV app’s advantages and disadvantages
Free for all Spectrum subscribers and users
Simple to operate
Performance that is restricted to outside networks only
No Amazon Fire TV compatibility
What are some of the capabilities of the Spectrum TV app?
You can watch the channels that come with your Spectrum package on your tablet or mobile device thanks to the Spectrum TV app. When you are connected to the Spectrum network at your residence, you will have access to everything; but, when you are away from home, you will not have access to all channels, on-demand programming, or DVR recordings.
Use the Spectrum TV app to watch TV in the comfort of your own home.
The Spectrum TV app’s most obvious usage is to allow users to watch television on their tablets or mobile devices, but the app also has many other potential applications.
When you use the Spectrum TV app at home, you won’t need any additional hardware, so you won’t have an extra cable box collecting dust or contributing to your monthly bill. The app is equivalent to the box in terms of functionality, but rather than taking up space on a shelf, it appears on the screen of your streaming device among Netflix and Hulu.
In addition, the Spectrum TV app allows you to mark as favourites the stations you watch the most regularly for easy access, as well as control the settings and recordings of your DVR and parental restrictions.
Use the Spectrum TV app to watch television wherever you are.
The capability of the Spectrum TV app is somewhat diminished when you are not connected to the internet network in your house that Spectrum provides. It is possible that certain local and cable channels, as well as programming that has been recorded or is available on demand, will not be accessible when you are on the move.
Stream live and on-demand programming with the Spectrum TV app.
The Spectrum TV app does not permit users to download television shows or movies for viewing at a later time. To watch any show on the Spectrum TV app, you must ensure that you are connected to an internet network, whether it be your connection or one from another location.
screenshots of the on-demand content and the live TV menu from the Spectrum TV app
The Spectrum TV app comes standard with the TV Choice plan.
Spectrum Internet users who do not wish to subscribe to a normal cable TV package can take advantage of Spectrum TV Choice, a plan that solely includes streaming services. For a monthly fee of $29.99, Spectrum will allow you to select 10 à la carte cable channels of your choosing, in addition to any accessible local channels.
The skinny-bundle plan from Choice is more affordable than the cable bundles offered by Spectrum, and it does not limit the selection of sports channel options. Other parties offer livestreaming TV services, such as the $20-per-month Philo service, which provides you access to up to 50 more channels; however, these services do not carry any sports networks.
There are content filters and parental settings available on the Spectrum TV app.
The Spectrum TV app can be set up to restrict content that violates the guidelines set forth by various TV and movie rating boards. This includes content that depicts adult situations, nudity, and violent acts. It can completely obstruct some channels, and viewing can also be restricted during certain hours of the day (such as school time or bedtime).
The concluding thoughts on the Spectrum TV app
If you already have service from Spectrum, downloading the Spectrum TV app is a valuable and cost-free benefit you should take advantage of. It works nice on mobile devices and is also an app that is fully functional on streaming devices, which means that it can replace an additional cable box or two. The ability to rent less hardware is always a benefit.