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Cant use web browsers apple ipad or iPhone. Forced to use app

How is spectrum able to tell from my web browser what kind and brand of device I am using. Should they even have access to this info? Why am I required to download an app to watch tv on these devices? Seems like a privacy issue or another reason to stay away from apple ipad and iphone... But apparently you are allowed to use apple computer to watch live tv without the app.

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Re: Cant use web browsers apple ipad or iPhone. Forced to use app

All browsers report a user agent string when queried for it. It has to do with compatibility/compliance. Some environments have different support levels for different web technologies, so some sites have to know how to serve certain content (or not try to serve it at all) based on details of what is reported in that agent string.

There are many analyzers out there to check your string. I use https://myip.ms a lot to get specific details about IP addresses... by default it gives details about your IP and stuff from your user agent string... even displays the string for you.