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Spectrum TV Essentials Package and Channels List

Spectrum TV Essentials

Calling all cord-cutters – Spectrum’s live streaming service brings you lifestyle, entertainment, and news with 60 popular channels. This service is called Spectrum TV Essentials.

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What’s Spectrum TV Essentials?

This service is available to Internet customers only. The bundle includes popular cable channels such as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, AMC, HGTV, and more. Yes, you are right, you can stream it without subscribing to cable.

There is no additional fee or installation charge. The service offers 60 channels and it’s an ideal choice for those who are not that into sports. Spectrum is only offering this service through direct mailing or by phone at this time.

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Spectrum TV Essentials Channels Lineup  

As you subscribe to this live streaming service, you will receive 60 channels. This doesn’t include live local or regional sports networks and major sports networks such as NBC sports network, ESPN, and Fox Sports 1.

Local channels such as Univision, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, The CW, and Telemundo are not included.

Here is the list of channels you will get:

Discovery Discovery Family Discovery Life DIY
Food Network Destination America HGTV Cooking Channel
History FYI Animal Planet CLEO TV
Outdoor Channel Science Channel Travel Channel TLC
Game Show Network OWN Bloomberg
Comedy Central Discovery Hallmark Channel Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Lifetime Lifetime Movie Network AMC
American Heroes Channel A&E AXS TV BET
BET Her BET Jams BET Soul BBC America
Paramount Network HDNet Movies MotorTrend Network Logo
MTV Classic MTVU MTV Live TV Land
VH1 IFC Viceland
BBC World News Weather Channel WEtv NewsmaxTV
Newsy Cheddar
Kids Channels
Nickelodeon Nick Music Nick Jr Teen Nick

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Compatible DevicesAlong with the news channels mentioned above, Spectrum owned local News are included in the plan as well. They are available in Charlotte, NYC, Tampa, Orlando, Los Angeles, and some other markets.

You will need the Spectrum TV app to stream Spectrum TV Essentials. It’s compatible with smart TVs and smart devices as well. Unfortunately, it’s not accessible on Fire TV and non-Samsung smart TVs. Here’s a list of support devices:

  • Apple TV
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Amazon Kindle Fire
  • Xbox One
  • All Android and iOS phones and tablets

The service is not compatible with Android TV, Google Chromecast, LG Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, PlayStation, and Nintendo.

If you are an Internet-only customer, you can subscribe to Spectrum TV Essentials by making a phone call. Though the Spectrum TV app, you will get a fully interactive and seamless experience. The service allows you to browse your favorite shows and movies by network or category. You can also create a “watch list” of your favorite content.

What’s the Video and Audio Quality?

Are you curious to learn about the video and audio quality offered by Spectrum TV Essentials? This mostly depends on your Internet speed.

Streaming videos are usually available between 720 and 1080p HD. For streaming HD content, you will need 3 to 6 Mbps. Your Internet bundle will cover for that.

Movies and shows stream in stereo audio. You will enjoy the sound with HD picture quality.

Is It Suitable For Family?

If you access the full channel lineup guide for TV Essentials, you will observe that it’s dominated by entertainment and lifestyle channels.

Spectrum TV Essentials is a perfect bundle for families that want entertainment without exceeding their monthly budget. It offers something for people of different age groups.

Networks like Nick Jr., Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, etc. are perfect for kids. Your whole family can sit together on the weekend to watch Discovery Family, Science Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, and more.

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Other Perks

  • Parental Controls

The service also brings the ability to set parental controls to ensure your kids don’t stream content that isn’t age-appropriate.

  • On-Demand

With the on-demand feature, you can catch up with the live episode of your favorite shows as and whenever you want.

  • Cloud DVR

Spectrum TV Essentials doesn’t yet include DVR. Charter plans of launching cloud DVR into the Spectrum TV app in the coming months.

The TV Essential service started in May 2019. If you are a customer of Spectrum Internet already contact customer support to inquire more about this package.

Note: Spectrum TV Essentials is not to be confused with Spectrum TV Stream, which is the providers’ à la carte streaming service.

The above prices and details are accurate at the time of this writing. Prices are subject to change at any time by the provider.

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