How to Bypass Spectrum Cable Box

Spectrum is a US-Based TV streaming brand that provides premium live and on-demand shows to subscribers. Spectrum is available across all devices and platforms – Chromecast, Cable, web, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, etc. In addition, subscribers can access their favorite shows on the go or at home. That is, with the App, you can access Spectrum everywhere you go.

However, to stream live shows, you will need to have a Spectrum Cable Box. 

What is a Spectrum Cable Box?

The Spectrum Cable Box is a device that allows users to stream and watch TV or shows on any device. This cable box works with a Wifi network, so you must have a strong network connection to access it.

In addition, it connects to other components of the Spectrum network like the Spectrum internet service. Aside from the regular shows, the Spectrum Cable box offers DVR services. Users have access to tons of DVR shows they can record and watch.

If you are located in one of the Spectrum TV stream’s supported areas, all you need to do is add the channel to your My Account or log in to your account and start streaming.

Once you can log in successfully, you will have access to stream shows remotely on any internet-enabled device. Spectrum TV provides a free application for all users.

This App is available on the Apple Store, Google Play, and Amazon Store. The App is compatible with tons of devices like smartphones, tablets, Apple TVs, Computers, Roku, Smart TVs, etc.

Spectrum TV Services

Spectrum Tv offers three primary services. And each service has DVR capabilities. Below are the three services available and what they offer:

  • Select

The select package offers 125+ channels

  • Silver

The silver package offers 175+ channels, including ShowTime and HB0/HB0 Max.

  • Gold

The Gold package offer over 200+ channels; this includes Starz Encore, Starz and the Movie Channel.

How Spectrum Cable Box By-pass Works

Even though Spectrum prevents third-party devices from accessing your TV content, bypassing your Spectrum cable box is relatively easy. You will need an internet-enabled device to receive programming from the Spectrum TV stream.

You do not need a cable box to access Spectrum TV; with a Smart TV or Streaming Stick, you can connect the device to the TV and install the Spectrum TV app. The Spectrum TV app offers over 250 channels without the need for a Spectrum Cable Box.

You will need to use a compatible device alongside an internet connection to access the Spectrum TV app. In addition, you must also be in one of the Spectrum-supported areas.

2 Ways to ByPass Spectrum Cable Box

There are different ways you can use to bypass the Spectrum cable box. Some of them include; using streaming devices such as the Roku and using an Antenna.

To bypass Spectrum cable box, choose not to own a box when signing up for the service. Note that you will still have to set up Spectrum TV on a device when you sign up without a box.

Below is how to bypass Spectrum Cable Box:

1. ByPass Spectrum Cable Box using Streaming Devices

You can bypass the Spectrum cable box using any of the streaming devices below:

Spectrum TV App on Roku – Recommended

Roku is recommended for Spectrum because it’s supported by the device and can easily be set up.

A Roku is one of the most diverse devices available when it comes to compatibility. It allows you to get a seamless experience and gives you access to premium channels available on Spectrum.

Once you download the Spectrum App to the Roku device, you have access to tons of TV shows, On-Demand Content, etc. below is a guide to install the Spectrum TV app on Roku.

  • Connect the Roku device to the TV
  • Go to the Roku App store
  • Search for Spectrum TV App
  • Click on the App and download it
  • Once downloaded, follow the on-screen prompt to complete the setup
  • Once you have set up your login details, Roku will be ready for use
  • Proceed to connect Roku to the Spectrum TV by entering your Spectrum credentials

Once connected, you can stream and watch all premium content.

Spectrum TV on Apple TV

Below is a guide on how to install Spectrum TV on your Apple TV:

  • Download and Install Spectrum TV App
  • Open the App and sign in your details using your email and password – create an account if you don’t have one.
  • From the Menu bar, select “My Channels.”

You can have access to all available channels once you log in successfully.

Follow the same procedure mentioned above to install and watch Spectrum TV on Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and Samsung Smart Tv,

Spectrum TV on Amazon Fire Stick

Installing a third-party app on Fire Stick is quite a hassle. However, you can try this method below to install the Spectrum TV app.

  • Connect the Fire Stick to the TV
  • Click on the Menu option and select Settings
  • Select the My Fire TV icon
  • This will redirect you to a search page – Search for Developers Options
  • Toggle the Apps from the Unknown Sources tab to enable it.

Once you enable the installation from unknown sources, you will have access to download Spectrum Tv. You can now proceed to install the app on your Amazon Fire Stick.

  • Download and install the Spectrum TV app from the Amazon app
  • Open the App and sign in your details using your email and password – create an account if you don’t have one
  • From the Menu bar, select “My Channels.”

You have access to all available channels once you log in successfully.

Spectrum TV App on Chromecast

Google Chromecast allows you to cast the screens to your TV sets. However, you cannot cast the Spectrum TV app directly. To be able to use Spectrum TV App on Chromecast, follow this guide:

  • Connect the Chromecast to the TV using the HDMI port
  • Connect both the TV set and Chromecast using the same network connections
  • Navigate to the Chromecast app store and search for Google Home App
  • Download the app and launch it
  • Open the Google Home App and search for the Get Started Option
  • Sign in/signup with your Google details
  • Search for the Create a New Home icon
  • Add the Spectrum TV app as your Preferred App to the Home Icon
  • Open the App to start streaming Spectrum TV channels.

Once your connection is correct, Chromecast will connect both your mobile device and your TV. Hence, everything you watch on your mobile device will now be mirrored on your TV.

NOTE: It’s possible that your Spectrum account isn’t coded for IP streaming-only yet; in which case, you’d be unable to bypass the Spectrum cable box using other streaming devices. You would have to call Spectrum and ask if your account is currently set to streaming only. Once confirmed, you can return the cable box if you already have it and bypass the cable box.

Bypassing Spectrum Cable Box Using A Digital TV Antenna

A digital antenna allows you to watch most local channels for free. However, if you live in a remote area or places with skyscrapers, there are unique antennas you’ll have to buy to get signals. If you live in a large city, any antenna will do.

Although using a cable box is convenient, it can be pretty expensive. Most cable boxes, such as Spectrum, have other hidden fees that you might not easily detect. If you want to save some money, you can get a digital antenna.

Digital antennas allow you to watch most local channels for free. Ensure to get an antenna that matches your TV brand. Then place and set the TV antenna correctly to get all channels.


Spectrum TV Stream offers unique and great content. However, it can be a bit pricey for most people. Luckily, technology has made it possible and easy to still stream and watch Spectrum TV without a cable box.

There are tons of streaming services available that can give you access to stream on Spectrum TV. In addition, you can access all content from the comfort of your home or on your mobile device or laptop. Ultimately, to successfully bypass using a spectrum cable box, you must download the Spectrum TV App.

3 thoughts on “How to Bypass Spectrum Cable Box”

  1. I spoke with spectrum today, and they told me they contracted with Roku, and the Firestick or firetv isn’t supported, and cannot be used.

  2. Last week I was able to Stream SYFY channel on my Spectrum App on Roku through my Spectrum Account to watch an older episode of Resident Alien.
    HOWEVER, this week the Spectrum App on Roku says “Call to Upgrade” because my current subscription doesn’t include this title of “Resident Alien” (previous episode).
    Please give us a call at (866)892-1235 to upgrade.
    What is up? I have both cable and internet service with Spectrum, I can view the SyFy channel through the old cable way, but not through the newer wifi streaming way without Upgrading…what is this all about? Seems like they have messed up my authorization over cloud to stream that channel. Note: I am able to stream other channels just fine including the SCI channel, which i dont get in my regular basic channel lineup. I have always had the SYFY channel in my basic channel lineup, it that helps in anyway.

  3. This is not entirely true. You cannot stream all your channels unless you are actually on spectrum internet. How do I know?
    I pay for spectrum cable TV through my HOA. That subscription includes over 120 channels. Everything works fine as long as I’m using the cable box. As soon as I try to use the spectrum app on my Apple TV or the Roku I get a notice saying that most of the channels are only accessible unless I’m on spectrum internet. Just another way of spectrum forcing people to use their service. Basically those of us in our housing area that choose to stream instead of use the old fashioned cable box are being forced to subscribe to spectrum internet as well as spectrum cable. Essentially we’re not getting what we pay for. I can assure you though as a member of the board that will decide who gets our next contract spectrum will change this practice or they’ll lose that contract.

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