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When will the Spectrum app be available for the LG Smart TV?

On LG TV Webos 3.5 I can choose Sling TV or Hulu Live TV. But there is no Spectrum TV app available. When will it be available?

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  • dstoffadstoffa Posts: 988
    Mar 13, 2018

    I wouldn't hold my breath.  Unless you plamn to replace your LG with a compatible Samsung TV (and not all the Samsung TV's are), you'll need a Roku.

  • BozBoz Posts: 369
    Mar 13, 2018

    With new Roku devices starting at $25 when on sale, a Roku seems like a smarter and more veritile choice for many things than any brand smart TV.  Or at least that thought is something to consider...

  • reds91185reds91185 Posts: 2,452
    Mar 13, 2018

    @matty032wrote:
    On LG TV Webos 3.5 I can choose Sling TV or Hulu Live TV. But there is no Spectrum TV app available. When will it be available?

    Do you have an Xbox One?  The Spectrum TV app is available there as well.

  • matty032matty032 Posts: 6
    Mar 13, 2018
    No I do not. Why would they have an app for Samsung and not LG. Yes I know Samsung has more sales, but LG is moving up with OLED sales.
  • reds91185reds91185 Posts: 2,452
    Mar 13, 2018

    @matty032wrote:
    No I do not. Why would they have an app for Samsung and not LG. Yes I know Samsung has more sales, but LG is moving up with OLED sales.

    I would agree as I don't like the exclusivity to specific devices either. I'm sure this is done as part of contractual agreements made with these device makers (Samsung, Microsoft, Roku) leaving out the others (LG, Playstation, Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.) to keep Spectrum IT from having to code for multiple platforms.

     

    As more and more customers adopt streaming services, Spectrum will be forced to update with the industry which is already leaning towards a multi platform model...see Directv Now, Sling TV, Vue, Hulu, etc.  

  • matty032matty032 Posts: 6
    Mar 13, 2018
    You would not want a $29 standard 1080 Roku on a 4K TV. That's a waste. You would have to buy the Roku Ultra at $99.99 to provide 4K.
  • reds91185reds91185 Posts: 2,452
    Mar 13, 2018

    @matty032wrote:
    You would not want a $29 standard 1080 Roku on a 4K TV. That's a waste. You would have to buy the Roku Ultra at $99.99 to provide 4K.

    For other apps like Netflix that have 4k support the 4k smart tv will have those apps already built in. The Roku would be needed for the Spectrum TV app which isn't supported in 4k so the Ultra is a waste...unless there are other apps that are available through Roku but not LG.

  • matty032matty032 Posts: 6
    Mar 13, 2018
    Right now it might be. But why buy a standard HD Roku now, and have to turn around in a year or so and buy an Ultra. As providers make the switchover to 4K?
  • reds91185reds91185 Posts: 2,452
    Mar 13, 2018

    Very doubtful that Spectrum will be 4k in a year or two.  By the time it is the Roku Ultra will already be a couple of generations old and $25.  Right now only Dish, Directv, and Xfinity support 4k and even then it's very little content.  Trying to "future-proof" usually ends up costing more in the end.

  • matty032matty032 Posts: 6
    Apr 18, 2018

    Spectrum,  code an app for LG Smart TV WebOS!

  • jhs190jhs190 Posts: 48
    May 08, 2018

    @Bozwrote:

    With new Roku devices starting at $25 when on sale, a Roku seems like a smarter and more veritile choice for many things than any brand smart TV.  Or at least that thought is something to consider...


    I have never owned any brand of "smart" TV, and don't intend to.  I have a Roku 2 Internet device, with the Roku Spectrum TV app, connected to my Insignia 32" flat screen and have had no issues with it. From what I have read here about the "smart" TVs from Samsung, TCL, et al., I get the impression that the streaming TV apps included with these sets do not always work well. Given the problems people have had with TCL and other brands of "smart" televisions using this app, I'd bypass it and use a standalone Roku Internet device to receive local TV. These devices do have the Spectrum Roku app preinstalled; it seems to work very well. (The app on my Roku 2 has worked flawlessly since I installed the device on my TV over one year ago.)

      If you want to continue to use the installed Spectrum TV app with your "smart" TV, I would look first to see if there are any menu options in your TV's "system" or "settings" menu (if it has one) to update that app, or if the app updates itself automatically as does the Roku software. If not, bypass the stock app and use a standalone Roku device, as I mentioned. It will save you a lot of aggravation.

     

  • reds91185reds91185 Posts: 2,452
    May 08, 2018

    I've personally never had an issue with using the Spectrum TV app on any one of 3 Roku devices in my house, including a Sharp Roku tv.  Samsung seems to have screwed up their software to a point that the app on their smart tvs is a bit of an adventure.

  • EnglishstuEnglishstu Posts: 1
    May 24, 2018

    Roku is a general purpose streaming device with hundreds ( maybe thousands) of channels that works on all tv’or monitors with HDMI . So if you are a streaming channel company it makes sense to develop an app for that device since it will work everywhere. 

     

    On the the other hand if you are lg or spectrum you are writing a program for a small subset of your customers.. why do that when roku covers them all. 

     

    So roku is a good general purpose solution offering too s of speciality channels you’ll never find on the lg app.

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