YouTube and HBO Max, arguably two of the major players in streaming, have now officially arrived on Spectrum TV.
This is the first time Spectrum TV, Charter’s digital cable provider and live TV app will support both apps. Users can now access content from both apps via the platform’s guide on channels 2003 and 2004 for YouTube and HBO Max, respectively. Also, users will be able to find them simply by searching the guide or from the apps menu on the guide. There is still a monthly subscription of $10 (with ads) or $15 (ads-free) to be paid for HBO Max in order to be able to access the content, though.
These two apps will constitute a major addition to Spectrum’s platform. HBO Max, which was launched well over a year ago now, offers over 13,000 hours of premium content from brands ranging from HBO, DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Studio Ghibli, and Max Originals among many others. The service has also made the whole of Warner Bros.’ 2021 film slate available on its premium tier the same day those films debut in theaters at no extra cost. While this is a somewhat controversial move and one that has caused WarnerMedia a few concerns, it’s of huge value for anyone who has no certainty of returning to theaters just yet.
A spokesperson also noted that the guide channels offer would be providing an additional method for customers to access the HBO Max and YouTube apps. Together with Netflix, they now become the first three streaming apps that are directly accessible through the Spectrum Guide.
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Giving her statement, Elena Ritchie, Spectrum’s group vice chairman of video experience, said that although the video landscape continues to change, the company is also evolving its products and making it easier for customers to watch what they really want by giving access to streaming apps from convenient launch points within the Spectrum TV experience. She said further that the company is looking forward to growing the library, claiming that more streaming video apps will be launched in the coming months.