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How to Watch Spectrum TV Essentials on LG Smart TV

You can stream Spectrum TV Essentials on LG Smart TV. Here’s how to sign up, download, install, and start streaming Spectrum TV Essentials using your LG Smart TV. Learn how to get the most out of your LG Smart TV while using Spectrum TV Essentials.


Spectrum TV Essentials

Spectrum TV Essentials is a live TV streaming service that includes live entertainment, lifestyle, and news channels for only $15/month. This service is only available to Spectrum Internet customers.

It is most similar to Philo with entertainment channels from A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery, Scripps Networks, Viacom — but also includes channels like Bloomberg TV and The Weather Channel, and some of those in Philo ($25) like American Heroes, Cooking Channel, and Destination America.

The service includes top cable channels like A&E, AMC, BET, Comedy Central, Discovery, HGTV, and Nickelodeon. You can see Spectrum TV Essentials’s full channel lineup below.

It is most notably missing Bravo, Disney Channel, E!, TBS, TNT, and USA Network, and major sports networks like ESPN, FS1 (Fox Sports 1), and NBC Sports Network.

If you are looking to subscribe to a more full featured service today, we suggest checking out Hulu Live TV for a full streaming service or Philo for a similarly priced entertainment-only option with an Unlimited DVR.

Can you stream Spectrum TV Essentials on LG Smart TV?

How to Sign Up and Download Spectrum TV Essentials on LG Smart TV

Unfortunately, Spectrum TV Essentials is not currently available natively using LG Smart TV. Spectrum TV Essentials may launch a native app for LG Smart TV in the future, but for now you can only stream using Apple AirPlay (2018+ (webOS 4.0+) models).

You can still watch Spectrum TV Essentials on other devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.

Apple AirPlay

  1. Install the Spectrum TV Essentials iPhone/iPad app.
  2. Make sure your Smart TV is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone/iPad.
  3. Start playing the content in the Spectrum TV Essentials app and select the AirPlay icon.
  4. Choose your LG Smart TV and it will start displaying on your Smart TV.

If you have a compatible TV and you don’t see AirPlay as an option, make sure you update to the latest LG Smart TV firmware.


How to Sign Up for Spectrum TV Essentials on Other Streaming Devices

If you have other devices, you can learn how to sign up for and use Spectrum TV Essentials on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.


What features are available on Spectrum TV Essentials?

No Cloud DVR

Unfortunately, Spectrum TV Essentials does not include a DVR. The company plans to launch a Cloud DVR in the coming months, but it may be an additional fee.

Single Device Only

You can only watch content on one device at a time.

TV Everywhere Apps

If you prefer to watch if your favorite channel app, you can log-in with your Spectrum TV Essentials credentials.

On Demand

If you missed watching your favorite show live, you should be able to catch up by watching it On Demand.

No Parental Controls

There are no parental controls for Spectrum TV Essentials.

Only DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, and Sling TV have parental control features.

DIRECTV STREAM Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $50 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for DIRECTV STREAM.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Sling TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $25 Uber Eats Gift Card when you sign up for Sling TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Hulu Live TV Cash Back

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $35 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for Hulu Live TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.