Roku Removes Spectrum App from Channel Store as Contract Expires

Note: The story has been updated with a statement from Roku.

With Roku and Spectrum unable to come to an agreement to renew their contract, Roku has removed the Spectrum TV app from the Roku Channel Store, preventing new downloads.

“Despite our best efforts to reach an agreement, Roku has not accepted Spectrum’s offer to continue our contract, which allowed customers to access the Spectrum TV app from Roku devices. This change may prevent new downloads of the Spectrum TV app to your Roku device, but you can still access your full video library by downloading the Spectrum TV app to your Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Xbox, smartphone or tablet,” Spectrum wrote in a statement on its website.

Those who are already using the Spectrum app shouldn’t be affected.

Roku has confirmed that it is working with Charter to reach a new agreement, reiterating that all current SpectrumTV users still have full access to the app.

A Roku spokesperson responded with a statement: “As America’s #1 streaming platform we are committed to providing access to amazing streaming content at an exceptional value for our users. Our contract with Charter for the distribution of the SpectrumTV (v)MVPD channel on the Roku platform expired and we are working together to reach a positive and mutually beneficial distribution agreement. All existing SpectrumTV app users can continue to use the app while we work together on a renewal.” 

At the beginning of this year, Roku was in a similar disagreement with AT&T and removed the AT&T TV app from its platform. The two companies finally reached an agreement to bring the AT&T TV app back to the Roku Channel Store in May. Due to the timing, we speculated that the launch of HBO Max had something to do with the agreement, but while the AT&T TV app is back, the two have yet to come to an agreement to bring HBO Max to Roku.