Roku and Spectrum TV ended a nine-month feud this week that removed the Spectrum TV cable service app from the Roku app store over the period.

The new agreement means that subscribers to Charter Communications’ pay-TV services will once again find the provider’s app in the Roku Channel store. The companies never disclosed the reason for the beef or the terms that led to the app’s return.

“Charter Communications and Roku have reached a mutually beneficial agreement to renew distribution of the Spectrum TV App (STVA) on the Roku platform,” the companies said in a joint statement. “As a result of the renewal, the Spectrum TV App is now available for download from the Roku channel store. We are pleased to renew our partnership and offer this great streaming experience to our shared customers.”

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Charter Cable TV subscribers who had previously installed the Spectrum TV app on Roku TVs and media streamers prior to December were able to continue to enjoy services through the app all along, but those attempting to download it after that point were unable to find the app available.

The Spectrum TV app enables subscribers to Charter video service packages to access those channels via the Roku platform (built into a TV or via an external Roku media streaming player) on TVs in remote rooms to the main Spectrum TV decoder box without having to pay additional equipment lease fees or make hard wired connections.

The Spectrum TV app has been available on other smart TV platforms, set-top media streamers and video game consoles, including many proprietary smart TV brands, Apple TV+, Chromecast, iOS, Android devices, and others, but Roku stands as the most used smart TV platform in the United States, so the agreement should be beneficial to both companies.

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By Greg Tarr

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