Skinny bundles have been the talk of the streaming world for some time now. Many cable subscribers are sick of paying exorbitant prices for huge channel packages they don’t watch, so it makes sense that streaming providers would look for ways to offer leaner, more trimmed-down “skinny bundles” of core channels to consumers looking for fewer needless options. To try and capitalize on the growing popularity of these bundles, cable and internet giant Charter Spectrum has just unveiled the all-new “TV Essentials” package offering streaming video users a sizeable set of channels for just $15 a month. Are skinny bundles finally catching on?
Let’s hope so. For those of us who just want a few core channels, there still aren’t too many options out there. Spectrum’s new TV Essentials package aims to fix that by offering Apple TV or iOS users over 60 live channels from partners such as Viacom, Discovery, A&E, AMC and Hallmark for just $15 a month.
Some of the channels included in the TV Essentials streaming package include A&E, AMC, American Heroes Channel, Animal Planet, AXS TV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Bloomberg, Cheddar, CLEO TV, CMT, CMT Music, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, Food Network, FYI, Game Show Network, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HDNet Movies, HGTV, HISTORY, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Logo, MotorTrend Network, MTV, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, MTVU, NewsmaxTV, Newsy, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Music, NickToons, Outdoor Channel, OWN, Paramount Network, Science Channel, Sundance TV, Teen Nick, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, VH1, Viceland, The Weather Channel and WEtv.
Tom Rutledge, Charter Chairman and CEO, says this new package is all about offering customers what they’ve been demanding for years. “Spectrum TV Essentials is an OTT offering designed to provide Spectrum Internet-only customers a new low-price, high-value video option,” Rutledge said in a press release. “As we began to assemble the rights for this new video service, we received great enthusiasm and encouragement from these key programming partners, who share our view and embrace creating an innovative video offering we believe will resonate with our internet customers.”
Spectrum expects the service to be live by the end of March. TV Essentials will be available only to Charter Spectrum internet customers who don’t already subscribe to a Spectrum video service.
At launch, TV Essentials will be compatible with iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung Smart TVs and computers via SpectrumTV.com.