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Optimum cable TV serves the Tri-State region, offering four main TV packages and lots of add-on options. Pricing is a bit higher than other providers, but many find the high channel counts and exclusive equipment to be well worth the price.

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Optimum TV plans and pricing

PlanStarting priceChannels
Core TV$74.99/mo.*220+
Value TV$79.99/mo.*255+
Select TV$89.99/mo.*340+
Premier TV$124.99/mo.*420+

Optimum TV packages come with more channels than you’ll find from most providers, but they’re also likely to come at a higher price point.

Even though Optimum offers more channels, there aren’t any channels that particularly stand out in any package compared to similar packages from other providers. For example, Core TV comes with many of the channels you’d expect in a low-tiered package: locals, news channels, ESPN and regional sports networks, plus popular networks like TNT and USA, but nothing extraordinary. Spectrum’s TV Select package (125 channels) has many of the same channels, but the starting price is around $30 less per month.

View the rest of the page for more details about Optimum TV to decide if the service is right for your home.

Why choose Optimum TV?

Formerly known as CableVision, Optimum cable TV is available to millions of people in New York City and the greater area, including further north to Yonkers and Poughkeepsie, as well as parts of northeastern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut.

Optimum TV offers more channels than most cable providers, but also potentially at a higher cost. Read our breakdown of Optimum TV plans and features below to determine if Optimum is the best choice for TV service for your home.

What we like

  • Lots of channels – Optimum’s lowest package comes with 220+, more than you’ll get with some higher-tiered packages from other providers
  • Altice One device – This device serves as a cable box, streaming hub, modem and router, but you’ll have to bundle with Optimum internet to get it
  • Bundle discounts – Speaking of bundles, Optimum further incentivizes customers to bundle by offering deep discounts on TV and internet packages

Things to consider

  • High prices for standalone TV – Optimum plans start at $74.99/mo., a higher starting price point than many cable providers
  • High equipment fees – Adding to the already relatively high pricing are the fees for cable boxes, which could add $11/mo. or more per device, plus extra if you want DVR capability
  • No “basic cable” option – Optimum has an impressive channel lineup, but we’d like to see a more basic, and cheaper, cable package available

Optimum TV equipment and fees

Equipment fees

Equipment fees are also a bit pricey for standalone TV services. Each cable box you need (one for every TV you want to watch on) will add $11/mo. to your bill. And if you want to add Cloud DVR service, that’ll increase your monthly bill by $17.99/mo.

Equipment fees are another example of how bundling Optimum services can be more cost effective. Monthly fees for the Altice One device, which is a superior device to the cable box you’d get with standalone internet, are only $10/mo. DVR service is also only and additional $10/mo.

Installation fees

Standard installation for Optimum TV is a one-time fee of $59.99. Professional installation is a bit more, up to $149.99, but isn’t required for most homes. You may be able to get the installation cost waived altogether, especially if you choose a higher-tiered TV package or bundle with internet.

Unreturned equipment fees

Fees for unreturned equipment, such as the Altice One device or remotes, could come with a charge of $12 to well over $300, so be sure to return your equipment if you cancel Optimum TV service.

Choose the right Optimum TV plan

Everyone has their favorite channels, and Optimum TV packages do a decent job of meeting the entertainment demands of any household. You’ll find a list of some of the more popular channels included in each package below.

Core TV

Local affiliates for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as other local channels. National networks including AMC, BET, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Disney, Freeform, HGTV, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Syfy, TBS, TNT and USA. Sports coverage on CBS Sport Network, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports 1, NBC Sports Network and your regional sports networks are also included.

Value TV

Additional channels that come with the Value TV package and are not part of the Core TV package include: A&E, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, FXX, History, National Geographic Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, VH1 and WGN, among others.

Select TV

Additional channels that come with the Select TV package and are not part of the Value TV package include: American Heroes Channel, BBC World News, FX Movie Channel, MLB Network, MTV2, NBA TV, NFL Network, Olympic Channel, Sundance and The Golf Channel, among others.

Premier TV

Additional channels that come with the Premier TV package and are not part of the Select TV package include: beIN Sports, FOX Soccer Plus, HBO® networks, NHL Network, Showtime® networks, STARZ® and STARZ ENCORE® networks and Willow, among others.

Unique features of Optimum TV service

Altice One device

In addition to acting as your modem, router and cable box, the Altice One device can record up to 15 shows at once and has a built-in feature for accessing streaming apps. Rental fees for the Altice One device are also cheaper than standard cable boxes from Optimum.

Live TV streaming

Optimum TV to GO is available on your computer or mobile device and offers live TV streaming on many of the channels included in your Optimum TV package. You’ll also have access to your DVR library as well as thousands of on-demand shows available.

No contract, contract buyout offer

You aren’t locked into a long-term agreement with Optimum TV service, so you can change your service as needed without fear of early termination fees. And if you’re stuck in a contract with your current provider, Optimum has a contract buyout offer for qualifying customers.

Compare Optimum cable to other TV providers

If Optimum is a TV option in your area, it likely isn’t the only one. Satellite TV providers are available nationwide and your address may also be serviceable for other cable or fiber-optic TV providers. See how Optimum compares to other TV providers below.

TV providerStarting priceChannelsSimultaneous recordings up toContract
Optimum
Optimum
$74.99/mo.*220-420+15 showsNone
Cox
Cox
$25.00/mo.*75-260+6 showsOne year
DIRECTV
DIRECTV Logo
$59.99/mo.*155-325+5 showsTwo years
DISH
Dish
$59.99/mo.*190-290+16 showsTwo years
Spectrum
Spectrum
$44.99/mo.*125-200+2 showsNone
Verizon
Verizon logo
$50.00/mo.*125-425+12 showsNone
Xfinity
Xfinity logo
$20.00/mo.*10-260+6 showsNone required

How does Optimum cable TV compare in customer satisfaction?

It’s no secret that cable providers don’t always have the best reputation for customer satisfaction, but according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), Optimum fares better than most.

In 2020, the ACSI gave Optimum cable TV a customer satisfaction score of 63/100. While marginally lower than satellite TV providers DISH and DIRECTV, Optimum’s score is tied with Xfinity and higher than many other major cable TV providers, including Cox (62), Spectrum (61) and Mediacom (60).

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Optimum TV frequently asked questions

What is Optimum TV to GO?

Optimum TV to GO is Optimum’s TV viewing service available on the Optimum App or on an internet browser. TV to GO allows you to watch Optimum TV from your laptop, desktop computer or any internet-enabled device. Anywhere you have an internet connection, log into your Optimum account and then click on the show or movie you’d like to watch.

What is Cablevision?

Cablevision was a cable TV service operating in the NYC area prior to being acquired by Altice (the parent company of Optimum) in 2016. Many of the existing Cablevision networks are now used to supply Optimum service, but the Cablevision product is no longer available.

Can you get Optimum TV without a cable box?

Yes. You can get Optimum TV without a cable box. If you have a television with built-in CableCARD technology, you can enjoy Optimum TV programming without a cable box. To do so, you can lease a CableCARD from Optimum for $2.50/mo.* However, customers using a CableCARD can’t access some premium programming, such as subscription On Demand channels.

Does Optimum offer senior discounts?

Yes. Subscribers 62 and older are eligible to receive discounted basic cable TV service. Users must also meet annual income requirements based on marital status to be eligible for the Optimum senior discount ( $24,432 for single income and $29,956 at the married income level).


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