In case you have a Roku player or TV that you wish to watch Optimum TV on, it’s a bit more complicated to explain. However, we will do our best to help you stream Optimum on Roku and make the best use of your pay-TV connection through this guide.
Optimum is a leading internet and pay-TV brand in the NYC Tri-State area. It’s part of the Altice USA provider, which also operates as Suddenlink in southern and midwestern US states. With both brands combined, Altice reported having just over 3 million pay-TV subscribers in the country last year.
If you happen to live in one of Optimum’s serviceable areas, you probably pay for an Optimum TV connection to watch television channels and on-demand content. However, not all of you are aware of the fact that you can get more out of the Optimum TV subscription or contract you pay for every month.
Suppose you want to watch your cable channels on your phone or tablet without paying for an additional subscription. In that case, you can use the Optimum TV app to stream the channels and on-demand content that are part of your current programming package.
The following guide will show you how to get optimum app on Roku in easy steps.
Can you Watch Optimum on Roku?
Unfortunately, the Optimum TV app is available only on Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. Unlike Spectrum, Optimum doesn’t even provide support for any media streaming devices, including Roku. Considering Optimum’s parent company Altice has its own smart TV platform, they sure don’t want to cannibalize their business.
Despite the incompatibility, we have a few workarounds for you to enjoy Optimum TV on Roku. To be honest, the solutions are pretty janky, and they might not work depending on the devices you have. We have them listed below just in case you want to give them a try.
How to Stream Optimum TV on Roku via your Phone/Tablet?
Roku devices that are running Roku OS 7.7 or a newer software version support screen mirroring. It uses the Miracast protocol that lets users wirelessly mirror their Android phone or tablet screen to a bigger display.
Furthermore, select Roku players and TVs have recently received AirPlay 2 support with the Roku OS 9.4 update. It gives iPhone and iPad users the ability to mirror their device’s screen to a supported Roku device. Before the update, it was impossible as Apple devices don’t have Miracast support.
Whether you have an Android, iPhone, or iPad device, you can take advantage of Miracast or AirPlay to stream live channels or on-demand content to your Roku from the Optimum TV mobile app. Before you continue, consider checking out the requirements first.
Before you proceed
- You must have the updated version of the Optimum app installed on your smartphone or tablet.
- Visit the following Google Play Store link to install or update the app on your Android device.
- Tap this App Store link if you want the app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Android users with a Roku device should go to Settings > System > Screen mirroring page from the Roku Home screen and set the screen mirroring mode is configured to Always Allow or Prompt. Ignore if it’s already set correctly.
- To enable AirPlay on your compatible Roku device, go to the Roku Settings > Apple AirPlay and HomeKit > Apple AirPlay and HomeKit Settings
(If you can’t find the following option, head over to the Settings > System > System update screen on your Roku and manually update to the latest Roku OS 9.4 (or above) software version.)
- To get AirPlay or Miracast (Screen mirroring) working, make sure to connect your Android, iPhone, or iPad device to the same network as your Roku device.
Streaming Optimum on Roku From Android
Assuming you wish to stream Optimum TV content from your Android phone or tablet to your Roku player or TV, use these steps:
- Open the app drawer on your Android device and go to the Settings
- Next, search for “Screen mirroring” or “Cast” from the top search bar.
(If you don’t have access to a search bar, head over to the Connected Devices or Display settings to find the cast or mirroring menu.)
- Now enable the Cast feature (if required) and wait for your Android phone or tablet to find your Roku device on the network.
- Tap your Roku device name in the scanned list, then allow the screen mirroring prompt on your TV.
- When screen mirroring starts working, launch the Optimum TV app on your Android phone or tablet.
- At last, log in with your Optimum ID and password if you haven’t done it already.
Once you get access to Optimum TV’s channel guide and on-demand library, choose whatever you wish to stream on the big screen. We recommend placing the phone or tablet in landscape mode to take full advantage of your TV’s screen real estate.
Bear in mind that the Optimum TV app on Android has many bugs and doesn’t officially support casting or screen mirroring. It works flawlessly for some users, while others may end up with a blank screen. Relaunching the app resolves the issue most of the time.
Streaming Optimum TV from iPhone/iPad to Roku
Optimum TV on iPhone and iPad doesn’t officially support AirPlay as the Fios TV mobile app, but it works with screen mirroring nonetheless. Here’s what the process looks like:
- First, open Control Center by swiping down the Home screen’s upper-right corner.
(In case you have an iPhone SE, iPhone 8, or an older model, swipe up from the screen’s lower portion instead.)
- Next, tap the Screen Mirroring option in the following Control Center menu.
- Choose your Roku player from the list of nearby AirPlay receivers.
- After that, enter the four-digit AirPlay passcode prompted on your TV screen, then tap OK to continue.
- Once you start seeing your iPhone or iPad screen on your TV, return to the Home screen and open Optimum TV.
- Now sign in to the app with your Optimum ID and password.
- At last, pick up the TV channel or the on-demand content you want to stream to your Roku.
A handful of channels and their VOD library in the Optimum TV app show an error message when you try to play them. It’s either because of the copyright protection or the app’s general incompatibility with AirPlay. On top of that, we couldn’t get closed captions on the screen for unknown reasons, so it’s something you should be aware of.
Are there any Other Ways to Stream Optimum on Roku?
Unfortunately, Optimum TV doesn’t have a web version, so you won’t be able to stream it from your Windows or macOS computer to your Roku player or TV. However, there’s a better way to put your Optimum TV connection to better use.
If you have been using a Roku for a while now, you probably have noticed that the Channel Store has dozens of TV channels, including but not limited to ABC, CBS, CNN, Discovery, FOX, ESPN, NBC, etc. If you take some of your time to check out our posts, we have covered individual Roku guides on the following channels in the last few months.
For those who don’t know, most of them are known as TVE (TV Everywhere) services. They allow users to sign in with an active pay cable, satellite, or over-the-top TV provider account and tune in to the live television channel streams. Almost every TVE channel also offers access to catch-ups and an extensive on-demand library.
If you want a native live TV streaming experience on your Roku, all you need to do is add your favorite TV Everywhere channels from the Channel Store and activate them with your Optimum subscription. The activation process generally involves visiting a website, entering a prompted code, and linking your TV provider account.
Below is a list of popular channels you can activate on your Roku device with your Optimum TV subscription.
|Discovery GO||FOX Now||Hallmark||Lifetime||MotorTrend|
|ESPN||FOX Sports||NBC Sports||Willow||CNN|
We recently exchanged a few words with Optimum customer support executives about whether they will release a companion streaming app for smart TV platforms in the future. Judging by their replies and Altice’s business model, it’s improbable for Optimum TV ever to be available for Roku devices.
Thus, the best possible way to using your Optimum subscription is to sign in to TV Everywhere Roku channels. That way, you can stream your favorite channels live, and movies/shows on-demand on your Roku device without relying on screen mirroring from a mobile device.