SpectrumU, a service that shares some similarities with other on-campus IPTV services from Comcast (Xfinity on Campus), Cox Communications (Campus Connect) and Philo, is apparently a product of Charter’s business services unit.
Charter has been asked for more detail about SpectrumU and where it’s available, but LR found that several schools, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College, St. Louis University and the University of Wisconsin, are on board.
According to SpectrumU’s documentation, the app streams more than 50 live channels (a pared down version of Charter’s clear QAM lineup for the campus) when the smartphone or tablet is connected to the university’s WiFi network. Notably, students don’t need to use log-in credentials, because Charter’s system is designed to auto-authenticate on the partner school’s WiFi network using “whitelisted” IP addresses that are authorized to tap in.
Charter noted that a fiber internet service is preferred for delivery of SpectrumU to the campus, with 1 Gbps of dedicated capacity – enough for 5,000 students, based on 10% peak simultaneous usage.
Though the pilot version of SpectrumU has some shortcomings (no VOD or DVR support, a lack of premium channels and local channels in some markets, for example), but it does include some other features like Sport Zone (adds in real-time scores), show reminder alerts, and a 30-second buffer for live streams.