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How to Stream Live TV on Your Devices

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It’s never been easier to stream live TV — and if you haven’t tried it yet but want to learn more about how to stream live TV over the Internet, keep reading to learn just how simple it is.

Watch Shows Everywhere You Go

Gone are the days of being stuck in front of the living room TV if you want to watch live TV. Of course, it’s great fun to share the laughs, the cliff-hangers and the heartbreaks when watching with family and friends, but sometimes that isn’t possible. Like those times you’re at work and a breaking news alert hits – you’ll want to flip on the news. Or you’re on vacation and want to keep up to date with your favorite show, so online spoilers don’t spill the juicy details.

It's Easy to Add an App

Each cable provider or streaming service is different, but the first step is usually downloading an app. For example, let’s look at how it works for Spectrum customers. Every Spectrum TV® plan comes with free access to the Spectrum TV® App. You can downloaded the app for each device, like Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store or the Roku Channel Store. The app is compatible with most smartphones, tablets and a host of streaming devices. 

Stream In Browser with Spectrum TV and On Demand

If you’re a Spectrum customer and want to know how to stream live TV on your computer, it’s simple. First, visit watch.spectrum.net and sign in with your login credentials to start watching instantly. Click “Guide” to view the program guide to scroll through and select the show you want to watch. Then, click “Watch Live” to start viewing. You’ll have access to more channels when you’re connected to your Spectrum Internet®, but there are still plenty of options to watch when you’re not at home.

In addition to live TV, you can choose from thousands of On Demand options and watch anywhere you have access to the Internet.

The best part is, you can even set up parental controls to ensure your children are watching age-appropriate programming. Use settings to set limits for TV and Movie Ratings. By choosing a PIN number, you’ll be able to bypass the parental controls whenever you want to.

If you want to know how to stream live TV on Roku, Apple TV and more, it’s pretty much the same concept as with other platforms. Open the Spectrum TV App and choose “Live TV” to start watching. Scroll through the Guide to find the channel and show you want to watch.

Channel Apps Are Available Too

Another option you have is to download individual channel apps, suchs as ESPN, HGTV GO, Paramount Network, Food Network and Nickelodeon to your computer and/or other devices. This can be done in addition to using your provider’s TV app. Sometimes there may be a brief delay between live app feeds and live TV, so you may want to stay off social media until the program is over if you want to avoid spoilers.

There are dozens of network apps to choose from, but you usually need paid access to them through your cable provider or a direct subscription through the network itself. Sometimes you can get a discount on premium network subscriptions when you bundle through your cable provider, so check them out first to see if you can get a good deal.

Other Ways to Stream

If you’re looking for a customizable TV plan that includes live TV streaming, Spectrum offers a variety of plans to ensure there’s something for everyone to watch. Our plans include hundreds of channels with options for Spanish-language programming, premium networks, sports packages and more.

Get ready to be entertained. Check to see if Spectrum TV is available in your neighborhood now.

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