Spectrum TV Essentials Package and Channels List
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.
|Over 125 channels||Over 175 HDTV channels||Over 200 HDTV channels|
|Thousands of On Demand choices, including FREE primetime on demand||Thousands of On Demand choices, including FREE primetime on demand||Thousands of On Demand choices, including FREE primetime on demand|
|Subscription required for premium channels||Premium channels include HBO® & SHOWTIME®||Premium channels include HBO®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ® & The Movie Channel®|
|TV app included||TV app included||TV app included|
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|
|BBC World News||Weather Channel||WEtv||NewsmaxTV|
|Nickelodeon||Nick Music||Nick Jr||Teen Nick|
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.
The service also brings the ability to set parental controls to ensure your kids don’t stream content that isn’t age-appropriate.
With the on-demand feature, you can catch up with the live episode of your favorite shows as and whenever you want.
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.