Your Spectrum Cable Box Is About To Get More Expensive

Spectrum cable boxes are being phased out in favor of Xumo, a fairly new streaming device from Charter and Comcast.

Side view of a metal cable box with cords attached.
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When Charter Communications and Comcast rolled out their answer to the streaming wars last year — The Xumo Stream Box — they billed the move as “streaming simplified, bringing a live TV experience together with all the top apps.”

Now Charter is incentivizing its Spectrum customers to switch from traditional cable boxes to Xumo, with plans to phase out the cable boxes altogether. 

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Jamie Feldman

Jamie Feldman is a journalist, essayist and content creator. After building a byline as a lifestyle editor for HuffPost, her articles and editorials have since appeared in Cosmopolitan, Betches, Nylon, Bustle, Parade, and Well+Good. Her journey out of credit card debt, which she chronicles on TikTok, has amassed a loyal social media following. Her story has been featured in Fortune, Business Insider and on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, and NPR. She is currently producing a podcast on the same topic and living in Brooklyn, New York.