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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 at the price of $15 per month with 60 popular channels. This service is called Spectrum TV Essentials.

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.

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:

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

Along 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.

Compatible Devices

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
  • Roku
  • 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.

How Much Does It Cost?

So how much do you have to pay for this service? It’s available for $14.99 plus tax. There are no hidden charges attached to the service. It’s cheaper as compared to streaming services such as Sling TV and PlayStation Hue.

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.

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 has 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, call 1-866-200-7855 to inquire more about this package.

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