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Published on January 4th, 2019 | by Kirk Hiner


Spectrum TV brings zero sign-on to Apple TV

Charter Communications’ Spectrum TV app has finally found its way to Apple TV, bringing with it the long-awaited zero sign-on feature. Released yesterday, Spectrum TV subscribers can grab the app and take advantage of the easy channel access promised by Apple back in June of 2018.

Zero sign-on is Apple’s new technology that allows a user’s Apple TV to detect their Wi-Fi network and automatically sign into all the supported apps they receive through their streaming service subscription.

Apple honored its promise by releasing zero sign-on to Spectrum subscribers in December, but the Spectrum Apple TV app was delayed. No official reason was provided, Apple simply changed the language for app availability from “later this year” to “coming soon.” Apple TV owners could use zero sign-on in the meantime by selecting Spectrum as their TV provider and viewing content through individual channel apps.

Now that it’s been released for Apple TV, Spectrum subscribers will get “password-free” access to all of their available content under one roof. Users can stream up to 250 live TV channels or choose from up to 30,000 On Demand TV shows and movies.

The Spectrum TV app requires a 4th gen or 4K Apple TV device. Users must also be subscribers of a Spectrum TV and Internet package and must have at least one Spectrum Receiver on their account. The main benefit to the Apple TV app is that it allows users to view their Spectrum content in multiple rooms while only having to pay for one Spectrum TV receiver.

Apple has still not provided any information regarding which additional services will get zero sign-on or when that will happen. Now that the service is fully available via Charter Spectrum, however, we expect the updates to start popping up.

Spectrum TV for Apple TV is available now for free in the App Store. For more informtion on Spectrum TV, visit

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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