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What Is Spectrum TV Essentials?
Spectrum TV Essentials is a live TV streaming service that provides over 70 popular entertainment and lifestyle networks. But is this streaming-only TV service worth adding to your Spectrum monthly bill? Find out more below.
Table of Contents
- What Is Spectrum TV Essentials?
- Spectrum TV Essentials Top Features
- Spectrum TV Essentials Channel Lineup
- Spectrum TV Essentials vs. Spectrum Cable TV Plans
- Spectrum TV Essentials FAQ
Spectrum TV Essentials is a streaming-only TV plan that is available only to Spectrum Internet customers. At $24.99 per month on top of your chosen Spectrum Internet plan, the TV service currently provides over 70 entertainment and lifestyle networks to watch live, as well as Spectrum On Demand content.
What Is Spectrum TV Essentials?
Spectrum TV Essentials is a great choice for any Spectrum customer looking to add streaming or a cable TV replacement to their home services.
What Is TV Essentials?
Spectrum TV Essentials is a streaming-only TV plan for Spectrum Internet customers.
This TV plan prioritizes live entertainment, education and lifestyle channels above all else, providing your household with over 70 popular networks such as Animal Planet, BBC America, Comedy Central, and so many more.
What About Local Channels?
Because Spectrum TV Essentials is a streaming-only plan, (which means there are no cable boxes involved) this means that there are unfortunately no local channels available to stream.
However, there is a workaround to catch local channels that you can supplement your TV Essentials plan with.
Many electronics stores and retail chains sell modern, digital antennas that can be hooked up to your TV. For an inexpensive, one-time fee, these antennas can be used to catch local TV stations if you live in a metro area.
The antenna will usually come with setup instructions, and setup shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes. It is an option worth checking out if you want to combine your TV Essentials subscription with local channels.
Do You Need to Bundle with Spectrum Internet?
As mentioned, Spectrum TV Essentials is available only to Spectrum Internet customers.
This means that existing Spectrum Internet customers who may not have known about TV Essentials can easily add it to their services, or new Spectrum Internet customers can also choose Spectrum TV Essentials when signing up.
Because it is only available as a bundle, Spectrum TV Essentials (Spectrum Internet + Spectrum TV Essentials) starts as low as $74.98 per month for the first year.
This is still a tremendous value, as households will be receiving internet speeds of 300 Mbps while also enjoying over 70 popular TV channels, as well as Spectrum On Demand and the convenience of the Spectrum TV App.
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Spectrum TV Essentials Best Features
Spectrum TV Essentials has plenty of convenient and modern features to offer:
- Get value with a standalone cost of just $24.99 per month
Spectrum TV Essentials has a standalone price of only $24.99 per month, making it a very attractive option for households looking to save a bit while also receiving a quality cable TV replacement.
Of course, TV Essentials must be bundled with Spectrum Internet, so the effect minimum cost of Spectrum TV Essentials is $74.98 per month, which is still a great deal for most entertainment-savvy families.
- Save more with no cable box required
When you sign up for Spectrum TV Essentials, your household will appreciate the lack of fees involved.
Typically, with cable TV plans, there is a cable box fee and broadcast surcharge because local networks charge the service providers (such as Spectrum) rights fees in order to broadcast their networks.
But because Spectrum TV Essentials doesn’t include local networks, these fees are avoided altogether. Instead, customers will pay a consistent, month-to-month price without worrying about extra fees.
- Enjoy over 70 popular channels
Spectrum TV Essentials offers a quality TV channel lineup. Most of the channels are entertainment, lifestyle, education, or children’s focused networks, which means that there will be something for everyone in your family when you sign up.
Top channels include Discovery, MTV, Nickelodeon, Science, and even Spectrum Originals, which showcases Spectrum’s original content.
- Watch with the Spectrum TV App
The Spectrum TV App allows Spectrum TV customers to access and watch both live and Spectrum On Demand content from practically anywhere.
Spectrum TV Essentials customers receive access to the Spectrum TV App when they sign up.
- Surf to your heart’s content
Spectrum TV Essentials’ channel lineup is designed with surfing and discovery in mind. Everyone is bound to already have their favorite TV channels, but TV Essentials provides a wide variety of content that is bound to result in your household finding some new favorites.
Spectrum TV Essentials Channel Lineup
Spectrum TV Essentials offers a robust channel lineup that is sure to please everyone in your household. Note that one glaring issue customers may find is the lack of sports networks:
- American Heroes Channel
- Animal Planet
- AXS TV
- Bay News 9
- BBC America
- BBC World News
- BET Her
- BET Jams
- BET Soul
- Black News Network
- Cheddar News HD
- CMT Music
- Comedy Central
- Cooking Channel
- Crime & Investigation
- Destination America
- Discovery Family
- Discovery Life
- DIY Network
- Food Network
- Game Show Network
- Hallmark Channel
- Hallmark Drama
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- HD Net Movies
- Investigation Discovery
- Lifetime Movie Network
- Military History Channel
- MotorTrend Network
- MTV Classic
- MTV Live
- New York 1 News
- Newsmax TV
- Nick Jr
- Outdoor Channel
- Paramount Network
- Spectrum News
- Spectrum Originals
- Sundance TV
- Teen Nick
- The History Channel
- The Weather Channel
- Travel Channel
- TV Land
- TV One
- We tv
If you find your household needs more channels or more sports, it might be worth looking into a cable TV plan such as Spectrum Mi Plan Latino or Spectrum TV Select Signature.
Spectrum TV Essentials vs. Spectrum Cable TV Plans
Spectrum offers both streaming-only and cable TV plans to customers. How do you know which type of TV plan is correct for your household?
Consult the table below to learn more about every Spectrum TV plan currently available to new customers:
|Plan||Starting Monthly Price||Channel Count||Top Channels||Best Feature||Add-On Availability|
|Spectrum TV Essentials||$24.99 standalone, $74.98 when bundled|
(Spectrum Internet is required)
|70+||Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, Discovery, MTV, BBC America, many more||Avoid cable box fees and stream from anywhere with Spectrum TV App||Unavailable to add|
|Spectrum Mi Plan Latino||$39.99||145+|
(75+ Spanish-speaking, 70+ English-speaking)
|Telemundo, Univision, many more||Watch TV in both Spanish and English at low monthly rate||Available to add|
|Spectrum TV Select Signature||$59.99||150+||CNN, ESPN, Food Network, History, many more||Use add-ons to create perfect plan||Available to add|
|Spectrum TV Select Plus||$69.99||160+||Regional sports networks||Regional sports networks included||Available to add|
To see if Spectrum is available at your address, use the availability checker below, or call the phone number on this page.
Frequently asked questions
What is Spectrum TV Essentials?
Spectrum TV Essentials is a streaming-only TV plan that is available to Spectrum Internet customers. For $24.99 per month on top of your chosen Spectrum Internet plan, customers can watch over 70 popular entertainment and lifestyle networks without worrying about cable box fees.
How much does Spectrum TV Essentials cost?
Spectrum TV Essentials on its own costs $24.99 per month. However, you must be a Spectrum Internet customer in order to sign up. This effectively means the cheapest starting price for TV Essentials is $74.98 per month, which is still a great value for 300 Mbps speed and 70+ TV channels.
Does Spectrum TV Essentials have local channels?
Unfortunately, Spectrum TV Essentials does not have local channels. TV Essentials is a perfect fit for households that want to watch entertainment and lifestyle networks.
Does Spectrum TV Essentials have sports networks?
Unfortunately, Spectrum TV Essentials does not offer sports networks. TV Essentials is a better fit for households that want to watch entertainment and lifestyle networks.
Can you bundle Spectrum TV Essentials?
Yes, in order to subscribe to Spectrum TV Essentials, a household must also sign up for Spectrum Internet. Other Spectrum services such as Spectrum Voice and Spectrum Mobile can also be added to the bundle when signing up.
What is the Spectrum TV App?
The Spectrum TV App is a free app that Spectrum TV customers can use to livestream both live TV networks and Spectrum On Demand content from at home, on the go, or from practically anywhere.