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June 8, 2018
We recently discussed how ISPs continue to make it easier for customers to stream TV over the Internet. Windstream partnered with DirecTV Now and AT&T, while Verizon is looking at a similar OTT offering for their new 5G service. Not to be outdone, a Charter Spectrum Apple TV app is coming later this year.
Apple themselves announced the new partnership as part of their WWDC 2018 event earlier this week. Cupertino needs more services like this to attract users to Apple TV. News about this new Charter Spectrum Apple TV app appeared this week in Telecompetitor among other sources.
Let’s dive into the details to see if this fresh OTT offering from Charter Communications makes sense for your family. This might be the case if your household already owns a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Details on the Spectrum Apple TV App
When released, expect the new Spectrum app to work on the Apple TV 4K in addition to the iPhone and iPad. Make sure your Apple mobile device is compatible with the latest version of iOS. This is slated to be iOS 12 at the time of release. The same rule applies with your Apple TV box and tvOS 12.
The app supports Siri voice control providing easy operation. It also seamlessly integrates with the Apple TV iOS app. In essence, this lets Spectrum customers stream TV and movies while on the go.
In addition, tvOS 12 and the Apple TV 4K support the Dolby Atmos theater sound format. Combined with Dolby Vision, expect an immersive cinematic experience. If you own a Crestron or Control 4 home automation setup, you are able to use it to control your Apple TV.
According to Apple, tvOS 12 appears this fall. Expect the new Spectrum TV app, along with its iOS version. Count on us to cover it when it happens.
By the way, a Spectrum app for Roku devices became available in 2015. No news exists about an Android app with similar features. Check your own streaming device for additional information.
Raising the Stakes for Home Entertainment
This new Charter Spectrum Apple TV partnership provides another example of the growing battle for streaming entertainment. With more cord cutters cancelling their monthly cable TV service or satellite offering, opportunities abound something new. Extra features like support for Siri, Alexa, and home automation simply add value for the customer.
So if you are interested in this new frontier in on demand digital TV, see what your provider offers. Windstream, AT&T, Spectrum, and Verizon customers already enjoy similar OTT streaming options, or will so soon. It appears the venerable cable TV set-top box is going the way of the rotary telephone.
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Paul Williams brings a wide range of experiences to his writing. He worked extensively in technology, as a software engineer, technical writer, and now a technology writer. Known as the leader of one of the top American Spacerock bands, his forward-looking music continues to be heard all over the world.