Spectrum TV app not working: channels, WiFi, buffering issues – Fix!

Spectrum TV is a content streaming service that offers access to up to 250 cable channels as well as thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows.

With this large amount of content, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular streaming services.

The streaming experience is made even better by the fact that you can access the content through several devices using the Spectrum TV app. 

The best devices include Android and iOS smartphones, tablets, Roku, iPads, Apple devices, Windows PCs, Samsung smart TV and other smart TVs, Fire Stick, PS4 consoles, Xbox consoles, and others.

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Unfortunately, the streaming service is sometimes prone to problems. Spectrum TV app can stop working due to several issues.

Unfortunately, these problems can occur at the most inopportune times, souring your streaming experience. Luckily, most of these issues are easily fixed, and you can continue enjoying your content within no time.

Here, we have compiled a list of the most common Spectrum TV app problems and the solutions that allow you to easily fix them.

Common Spectrum TV app problems and their solutions

Here are some of the most common problems you might encounter while streaming content on Spectrum:

1. The app doesn’t show all channels

When you are streaming Spectrum TV content, you might realize that some of the channels, as well as video-on-demand content, is not showing.

This is likely to occur if you have parental controls enabled, which would block some channels and content that are deemed “not appropriate” based on the settings.

Spectrum not showing all channels

You can easily fix the issue by switching off the parental controls or adjusting the filters to meet your viewing preferences.

To do this, simply go to Settings on your Spectrum TV App, select “Parental Controls” and switch off controls or modify the filters.

2. Spectrum TV app is not showing local channels

Unavailable local channels is another common Spectrum TV app not working issue that you are likely to experience.

The problem mostly occurs when you are traveling, and thus accessing the content away from your home network; local channels that you subscribe to are only available on your home network.

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The best solution to this problem is returning to your home location. Therefore, if you are traveling, you should be prepared to go without a few of your favorite TV shows and movies.

However, with the DVR option, you can have these shows recorded, and watch them when you get back. If you are in your home location, then we have a guide to help you fix missing local channels on Spectrum TV.

Aside from traveling, some of your channels, especially local ones, can be disabled if the location settings on your app are turned off; the app needs your location to display all channels, including the local ones.

Therefore, if you are accessing the content from your home network but some of the channels are disabled, a simple fix to the issue is to check and enable the location settings.

3. I can’t stream from the app!

Another common issue with the Spectrum TV app is slow (or failure to) stream. There are several possible causes of this problem, from having a slow (or not working) home network to an outdated app, and device issues.

If you experience this, the best course of action is to first check on your home network. Ensure that it is working and is fast enough to support streaming.

If you are using Wi-Fi, make sure that the router is located close to your streaming device. 

You should also that there are no obstacles (doors, walls, and other barriers that can scatter the wireless signal) Alternatively, you can switch to an Ethernet cable (instead of using Wi-Fi).

Another fix is to update your Spectrum TV app to the latest version; outdated ups can cause a number of issues, including streaming difficulties.

In case you have trouble updating the app, uninstall it and then download a fresh up-to-date version and install it.

If the problem still persists, chances are that the issue is with the streaming device you are using (phone, smart TV, computer, etc.). Make sure that the device’s software is up to date.

You can also try switching the device off (including removing the power cable from the socket) for about a minute and then restarting it. The restart will help fix most of the minor software bugs that could be causing streaming problems.

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4. Spectrum TV won’t work on Roku

Not working on TV and Roku

When using Spectrum TV, you might find that the service has stopped working, even after working perfectly in the past.

This is an issue that affects Roku, as well as other streaming devices such as Samsung Smart TV, Xbox One, Firestick, and others. The problem can be caused by several issues, from connection issues to an outdated app, and an issue with the device.

You can fix the issue by first checking on the internet connection to make sure it is working. Next, make sure that both the app (Spectrum TV) and the device’s software are up to date.

You should also check on the device’s connection settings, especially the DNS settings to ensure that they have not been tampered with.

Another solution that can help resolve the problem is rebooting your device (powering it off, removing the power cord from the outlet, and powering it on again).

If the problem persists even after these issues, your device (hardware) might be the problem. Try switching to other devices, such as a phone, smart TV, computer, and others.

5. I can’t sign in to the Spectrum app

Login problems are common with most apps, not just spectrum TV.

If you are experiencing a problem signing into your Spectrum TV account, chances are that you are entering the wrong login details. Recheck them and be sure to enter the right username and password.

When entering the password, remember that the letters are case sensitive – so don’t enter caps instead of small letters.

If you are still unable to sign in to your account, you can recover the account by clicking on the “forgot password” link on the sign-in page. Follow the instructions given to reset your password.

6. Spectrum TV app doesn’t recognize the home network

Another problem you might experience when streaming content on Spectrum TV is the app not recognizing your home network.

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When this happens, the app seems to identify you as being away from your home location, leading to some content being unavailable.

The first thing to check when this happens is that you are not using a VPN or proxy (VPNs and proxies will alter your IP address, making the app not recognize your connection).

If you are not using a VPN or proxy, you can fix the issue by releasing the IP addresses on your router. This will reset the IP address of your computer, which can help resolve the issue.

You can also reboot the router (power off, remove the power cable from the power outlet, let the router sit for a minute, and then restart it).

7. Spectrum TV app won’t record

Spectrum can't record

Spectrum TV DVR issues are another common problem facing the service’s subscribers. These issues include the DVR freezing during recording, skipped recordings, or not recording at all.

Common causes of the problem include software issues (on the app, streaming device, and DVR).

To fix the issue, first make sure that all software – app, streaming device, and DVR are up to date. Next, try rebooting both your DVR and streaming device.

If the problem still persists, try deleting some of the older TV shows and movies you have recorded.

Do this even if your DVR still has some space; some DVRs, especially older ones, have bugs that cause problems even when they are 50% full.

If none of these solutions work, the problem might be a hardware issue with your DVR, at which point you should consider replacing it with a new model.

Final thoughts

Spectrum TV app not working can throw your planned relaxing evening or weekend into a nightmare.

Fortunately, most of the common problems are easily fixed, and with the above troubleshooting guides and solutions, you can be back to streaming your favorite movies and TV shows in just a few minutes.

However, if you find that none of these solutions are not working, you can contact Spectrum TV support, from where you can receive more help troubleshooting and fixing the problem.


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