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Spectrum TV Essentials is a live TV streaming service that includes live entertainment, lifestyle, and news channels for only 15 $US/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 et The Weather Channel, and some of those in Philo (20 $US) like American Heroes, Cooking Channel et Destination America.

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

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

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Caractéristiques

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 AT&T TV NOW, Hulu Live TV et Sling TV have parental control features.

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Appareils compatibles

Spectrum TV Essentials est compatible avec les appareils suivants :

Spectrum TV Essentials n'est pas compatible avec les appareils Google Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation, Nintendo, Samsung Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV ou LG Smart TV.

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Android Phone/Tablet
  • Web Browsers
  • Xbox

  • Google Chromecast
  • Android TV
  • PlayStation
  • Nintendo
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • VIZIO Smart TV
  • LG Smart TV
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Chaînes

Spectrum TV Essentials provides live streaming of many major entertainment and news channels.

You’l receive 60 channels including A&E, AMC, BET, Comedy Central, Discovery, Hallmark, HGTV et Nickelodeon.

You won’t get live locals, regional sports networks, or major sports networks like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 or NBC Sports Network.

Local Channels

Spectrum TV Essentials doesn’t offer any local channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, The CW or Univision. In some markets you will get your local Spectrum News network.


Top Cable Channels

Spectrum TV Essentials offers top cable channels from A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery/Scripps, Hallmark, and Viacom.

You get 18 of the top 35 cable channels as part of the TV Essentials package. The top 35 cable channels are listed below.


Sports Channels

In order to keep monthly pricing low, Spectrum TV Essentials doesn’t include access to any sports-exclusive channels like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 or NBC Sports Network.


Premium Channels

Spectrum TV Essentials doesn’t currently offer the ability to add premium channels.


Caractéristiques techniques

  • Most shows will stream in 720p HD.
  • Don’t expect Dolby Digital 5.1, but should have stereo audio.
  • Will offer adaptive streaming to match network connection.
4K
1080p
720p

720p HD
(Jusqu'à 1080p HD)

While most streams are available in 720p HD, some shows may stream in 1080p HD.

To reduce playback interruptions, Spectrum will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.

Son stéréo

Son stéréo

It is unlikely Spectrum TV Essentials will offer Dolby Digital 5.1, but all shows and movies will stream with stream with stereo audio.

Fiabilité du streaming en direct
3
 
 

Fiabilité sur demande
3
 
 

Fiabilité

We recommend for these services having at least a 1.5 Mbps internet connection for standard definition content (480p).

For High Definition (HD) content, they require 3 Mbps (720p HD) or 6 Mbps (1080p HD).

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Foire aux questions (FAQs)

How much does Spectrum TV Essentials cost?

Spectrum TV Essentials is available starting at 15 $US / month. See the full list: Spectrum TV Essentials Pricing & Plans

Does Spectrum TV Essentials have a free trial?

Spectrum TV Essentials is not available to sign up.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials have a DVR?

Spectrum TV Essentials does not have a DVR.

What channels are on Spectrum TV Essentials?

Spectrum TV Essentials includes 60 channels including 18 top cable channels. See the full list: Spectrum TV Essentials Channels.

How many streams are allowed at once on Spectrum TV Essentials?

Spectrum TV Essentials only allows one device at a time. See more details: Spectrum TV Essentials Simultaneous Streams

Does Spectrum TV Essentials have local channels?

Spectrum TV Essentials does not include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, The CW or Univision.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials have live sports?

Sports channels are not available on Spectrum TV Essentials.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials offer premium channels?

Premium channels are not available on Spectrum TV Essentials.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials offer on demand content?

Spectrum TV Essentials includes on demand content from most of the channels they offer. Unlike content on your DVR, you won’t be able to skip ads.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials support TV Everywhere apps?

You cannot access TV Everywhere apps with Spectrum TV Essentials.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials have a TV Guide?

Spectrum TV Essentials includes a TV Guide similar to what you would get with your cable or satellite set-top box.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials have ads?

Spectrum TV Essentials includes ads during live viewing of shows, as well on all on-demand content. You can skip ads when you watch shows recorded to your DVR.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials offer 4K streaming?

Spectrum TV Essentials does not include 4K content as part of the service.

Does Spectrum TV Essentials offer Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound?

Spectrum TV Essentials does not include Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound as part of the service.