Spectrum TV app is back in Roku’s Channel Store after being retired


Roku users who weren’t able to get Charter’s Spectrum TV app through the platform’s channel store can do so again after months of not being able to download it.

Roku announced on his blog today that new and existing users can access Spectrum TV on its devices by logging into the app using their Charter broadband credentials or creating an account through Roku. The deal resolves an ongoing carriage dispute that led to Roku removing the Spectrum TV app from its store in December. The companies released a joint statement Tuesday that the two had reached “a mutually beneficial agreement to renew the distribution of the Spectrum TV app.”

“Following the renewal, the Spectrum TV app is now available for download from the Roku Channel Store,” the companies wrote. “We are thrilled to renew our partnership and bring this great streaming experience to our joint customers.”

When the app was removed from Roku’s store in December, users who had already installed it could continue to use it without service interruption. However, any new users hoping to access their service through the platform have been out of luck. Spectrum offered a declaration at the time when, despite its “best efforts to reach an agreement, Roku did not accept Spectrum’s offer to continue our contract”.

Neither company provided further details on the deal, but Roku has seen similar support disputes before, even with some of the biggest players in streaming. In April, Roku removed YouTube TV from its store, although Google soon after added support for its live TV service to the main YouTube app, giving its users a workaround. Notably, HBO Max only came to the Roku platform in December last year, about six months after the service officially launched.


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