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Anyone using the Spectrum app w/ Roku or smart TVs?

Spectrum has apparently eliminated the need for cable boxes if you use their app, available on a Roku or various smart TVs. Anyone using this app? If so, on what type of device? How difficult would it be to use for someone who is only familiar with standard TV controls (assume no real exposure to smart devices)? And how reliable is it? How many have you run at once?

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Spectrum has apparently eliminated the need for cable boxes if you use their app, available on a Roku or various smart TVs. Anyone using this app? If so, on what type of device? How difficult would it be to use for someone who is only familiar with standard TV controls (assume no real exposure to smart devices)? And how reliable is it? How many have you run at once?

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Their app wouldn't do me much good since my Spectrum Internet is constantly going down. The latest outage has been 22 hours and counting. It's been terrible since they acquired TWC in my area.

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I'm in a former Brighthouse area and it's been reasonably (if not 100%) reliable. Are you saying that it's worse than TWC was?

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How difficult would it be to use for someone who is only familiar with standard TV controls (assume no real exposure to smart devices)?
Stick with the cable box. IMO, "smart" functionality is still a work-in-progress.. apps that need updating, internet speeds that fluctuate, pauses and hiccups and what-have-you. Ease of use scores will go to the standard-issue cable converter or DVR every time (TiVo notwithstanding).

Like @swechsler , I'm in a former Bright House area. As luck would have it, both my Michigan home and Tampa condo are Bright House. Or were. Florida was Bright House's "home," prior to Spectrum's takeover, so it's always gotten a little more care. Internet, here, only slows down at predictable times, such as when everyone gets home from work and starts streaming stuff. Otherwise, speeds delivered are almost always higher than what I'm paying for.

BHN in Michigan had great quality, but a lot of odd issues. I'd lose access to MLBEI on the 1st and 15th of every month on my Cable CARD devices. And the whole shebang used to go out on the third Thursday of every month between 1 and 5pm. Took 'em three years to fix that and I still don't know what caused it.

To the topic, I've used the app for second-screen viewing. Biggest issues I had was loss of authorization. The app would periodically "forget" my account, requiring me to log in and set it all up, again. I've long since abandoned their app, preferring to Chromecast using the apps of the channels I'm interested in viewing.

MOD NOTE: Since this isn't about programming and more about streaming Spectrum via Roku, I'm moving it to Streaming where those experts live.

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We have Spectrum, but use Tivo. However, over the past weekend we stayed with family members that had nothing but Rokus (with Spectrum) on all their TVs. I was impressed, I thought the app was pretty responsive, had a decent UI, and really had no issues with it at all.

One thing to keep in mind is that you must have their internet service in addition to TV service in order to use the app. Won't be an issue for most people, but worth noting.
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Spectrum has apparently eliminated the need for cable boxes if you use their app, available on a Roku or various smart TVs. Anyone using this app?
I am
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If so, on what type of device?
Roku Express, and iPad
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How difficult would it be to use for someone who is only familiar with standard TV controls (assume no real exposure to smart devices)?
The app is reasonably easy to use, but they'll need to get used to Roku's very Spartan remote. iPad (and presumably Android) are more intuitive.
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And how reliable is it?
If you have Spectrum Internet and your Internet service is reliable, the app should be pretty reliable. However there is an occasional "hiccup" where a cryptic error pops up. Usually retrying will fix those; in cases where that doesn't work I usually fall back on the channel's app (e.g., TBS app, HBO Go, etc.)
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How many have you run at once?
Two simultaneous streams (and this is with an old Internet plan that's only 25Mb/s).
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Spectrum has apparently eliminated the need for cable boxes if you use their app, available on a Roku or various smart TVs. Anyone using this app? If so, on what type of device? How difficult would it be to use for someone who is only familiar with standard TV controls (assume no real exposure to smart devices)? And how reliable is it? How many have you run at once?

Thanks!
I use the Spectrum app with a Roku Stick on a bedroom TV that does not have access to cable. The app is reliable and I think relatively easy to use. I don't think the picture quality is as good as with a cable box especially on sports. For TV shows and movies it works well.
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Spectrum's latest offering!

I would like to try this but alas!...it is not an Nvidia ShieldTV's supported app, I haven't check the Apple store just yet!

I read the small print (not so easily done posted on this site) and it's probably another $10-15/mo more than shown on the mailing I received today (fees, taxes and an brdcst upcharge)!

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I would like to try this but alas!...it is not an Nvidia ShieldTV's supported app, I haven't check the Apple store just yet!

I read the small print (not so easily done posted on this site) and it's probably another $10-15/mo more than shown on the mailing I received today (fees, taxes and an brdcst upcharge)! <img src="https://www.avsforum.com/forum/images/AVSForum/smilies/tango_face_sad.png" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" />

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Actually it's $28 with taxes and fees for choice tv. That add is for real cable.There is an app called Fitzy tv that makes it compatible with Fire TV and Android, not sure about Android TV. DVR starts at $5 a month for 50 hrs

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yeah spencer777 you're correct it is an offer for cable TV. It's kind of strange though that the word 'cable' is not mentioned on that advert! This offer is still better than when I dropped Spectrum cable TV a few months ago ($158.00/mo.~Internet + Cable TV)....now it's approx $120.00/mo. for a comparable package. I will NOT bite though!
I checked out Fitzy TV in the Google play store but it's for cable/satellite subscribers. It does list Android TV as being supported per the version 2.43 updated on Oct. 31, 2018
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yeah spencer777 you're correct it is an offer for cable TV. It's kind of strange though that the word 'cable' is not mentioned on that advert! This offer is still better than when I dropped Spectrum cable TV a few months ago ($158.00/mo.~Internet + Cable TV)....now it's approx $120.00/mo. for a comparable package. I will NOT bite though!
I checked out Fitzy TV in the Google play store but it's for cable/satellite subscribers. It does list Android TV as being supported per the version 2.43 updated on Oct. 31, 2018
My main point about Fitzy tv it will work with the $21.99 choice package or you can eliminate renting their DVRs with traditional Cable
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