Taking a Closer Look at Spectrum’s New Live TV Streaming Service


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Teenager girl with remote control laying down and watching tv eating popcorn.Recently Charter’s Spectrum TV service launched a live TV streaming service with an advertised price of $19.95, promising locals plus many cable networks in a sports-free package.

Yet there are several catches, so let’s take a closer look at what you get.

Cost

While the service is advertised as $19.95, there is a mandatory $6.05 or more broadcast fee. So the total cost of the service is $26 a month. Still not a bad deal compared to the average of about $30 for most live TV streaming services.

Locals

With the service not only will you get your typical ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, but you also get the CW along with smaller locals such as Me TV, Escape, and GRIT (locals vary by market).

You will also get channels such as Spectrum News along with A&E, Discovery, Food Network, and Hallmark.

Add-Ons

It seems Spectrum is taking a page from Sling TV by offering a basic package that you can add to. If you want Sports and News you will have to pay $12 a month to get access to ESPN Networks, NBC Sports, Fox Sports Networks, along with BBC News, Bloomberg, and The Weather Channel.

If you love movies, you can get the $15 movie add-on that includes HBO, Showtime, TMC, Starz, and Encore. If you just want one of the premium movie channels it will cost you $7.50 each.

On Demand

Spectrum’s live TV streaming service currently does not offer any DVR option; however, there is on-demand content. Every channel does offer the last five episodes of the shows it airs. (Seems to be new ones not reruns.)

Availability

Currently you need Spectrum’s Internet service to get its new live TV streaming service.

So what do you think? Is the Spectrum live TV streaming service interesting or not? How dose this compare to Sling, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and more? Leave us a comment and let us know why.

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