More and more cable channels are adding authenticated channel apps to the Roku channel store. Spike TV is the latest entrant.
Authenticated apps, for those that are unfamiliar are channels that require a cable or satellite subscription containing the channel in order to use the channel app.
Many people feel a Roku channel app is not needed if you are already paying for cable or satellite, but there are actually many reasons this could be of use. If you subscribe to a cable or satellite skinny bundle and don’t want to pay for set top boxes in other rooms of the house, are on the road vacationing, the kids visiting friends or family, your cable channel goes with you in your Roku.
Here’s more about the Spike app from the developer:
“Watch Spike TV shows & videos with Spike for Roku. Now you can watch your favorite Spike shows on your device, on your time. Catch the latest episodes of Lip Sync Battle, Ink Master, Bar Rescue, and Spike Sports’ best fights from Bellator MMA and Premier Boxing Champions, as well as behind-the-scenes videos, and clips from your favorite in-season and vintage shows. New episodes are available the day after they air. Sign in with your TV provider for the complete Spike experience. For more details about signing in with your TV provider, visit http://www.spike.com/about/help-faq or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.”