Spectrum finally rolls out promised Apple TV app with zero sign-on support

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Having missed an original 2018 deadline, Charter Spectrum on Thursday finally released its promised Apple TV app with support for tvOS 12's "zero sign-on" functions.

The Spectrum TV app lets users watch any channel or on-demand title associated with their TV bundle. Zero sign-on authenticates subscriptions in the app automatically, but only if a customer also has a Spectrum internet plan.

Until tvOS 12 the most the Apple TV offered was single sign-on, letting people enter their TV credentials once and have them pass to any app with the same compatibility. Not all apps support the feature, and some providers may not be compatible across the board, but the addition was a welcome change from having to repeatedly enter the same login.

Apple all but confirmed that the Spectrum app would miss 2018 in mid-December, when it changed marketing language from "later this year" to "coming soon." Around the same time early signs of zero sign-on appeared.

While Spectrum is a U.S.-based company, other providers enabling the Apple TV as a cable/satellite box replacement include France's Canal and Switzerland's Salt.