Spectrum TV in HD service provides users with high-quality surround sound and pictures that are up to five-times sharper than standard definition TV. Use the quick links below to navigate to a section of your choice and learn more about Spectrum HDTV.

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General Information

High-Definition Television (HDTV) is a type of Digital Television (DTV) that receives and/or displays high-definition images and surround sound. HDTV screens are wider than traditional analog TV screens and provide sharper images due to the increased number of pixels contained in the received signal. HDTVs also offer an aspect ratio of 16:9, while analog TVs offer an aspect ratio of 4:3.

Learn more about HDTV picture formats.

Equipment Needed

To enjoy Spectrum TV in HD services, you need the following:

  • A high-definition television set (HDTV)
  • A Spectrum-issued HD receiver
  • HD programming available with Spectrum TV
Note: You can't receive HD Programming on an analog TV set.

HD Programming Available

You can see a complete list of HD channels available in your area.

With Spectrum TV in HD, you can subscribe to a growing number of HD channels, including:

  • Local affiliates for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, The CW
  • Independent, local HD broadcasters
  • Discovery HD Theater
  • HDNet and HDNet Movies
  • Starz
  • TNT
  • Universal HD
  • PPV events in HD.

You can also subscribe to Spectrum OnDemand for access to more than 100 new release movies, popular cable networks and Premium programs in HD, such as HBO, Showtime, Showtime TOO, Cinemax HD and The Movie Channel East (TMC).

Note: Services aren't available in all areas and programs may vary by location.

Learn more about how you can order Spectrum TV services today.


Some of the latest models of HDTV sets have a slot for cable cards, as an alternative to Spectrum Receivers. Users that own a CableCARD HDTV have the option of leasing a CableCARD from Spectrum to receive encrypted HD programming.

Learn more about Spectrum CableCARD troubleshooting.

CableCARDs won't provide access to digitally encrypted switched channels in areas where Spectrum has implemented Switched Digital Video (SDV). In SDV areas, HDTV CableCARD customers will need an HD receiver to view digitally encrypted switched channels. Customers using a CableCARD TiVO device or certain supporting CableCARD devices with a Windows Media Center PC will need to install a Tuning Adapter to view digitally encrypted channels.