Compare Spectrum vs. Windstream

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Is Spectrum or Windstream the provider for you?

Allconnect’s® TV and internet experts do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. We compare provider features like channel lineups, plan affordability, internet speeds and more to make sure you get what’s right for you. Considering Spectrum or Windstream home services in your area? Before you select your services, take a look at our breakdowns of both providers.

As ranked by Reviews.com as of 09/27/2018.

  • Best for bundle deals: Windstream offers the best bundle deal with $25/mo.* in savings for Windstream high-speed internet, home phone and DIRECTV Select.
  • Best for fastest internet plans: Windstream offers the fastest internet plan with up to 1,000 Mbps for $75/mo.*
  • Best for cheap internet plans: Windstream offers the most affordable internet plan with up to 200 Mbps for $35/mo.*
  • Best for TV channel packages: Windstream partners with DIRECTV to offer the widest range of channel options with a range of 155-250+ and premium, Spanish/international and sports add-on options.

See more information on Spectrum and Windstream availability, internet speeds and channel ranges that may be available near you.

 

Spectrum vs. Windstream quick comparison

  • Available in 45 states 
  • Bundles starting at $89.97/mo.* 
  • Speeds from 60 Mbps to 940 Mbps
  • TV channel range of 125-200+ channels
  • Record up to 2 shows at once
  • No contact req’d
  • Free router and modem

  • Available in 19 states 
  • Bundles starting at $90/mo.* 
  • Speeds from 1.5 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps
  • TV channel range of 155-250+ channels
  • Record up to 200 hrs of content
  • No contract plans available
  • Online order credit available of up to $100* for a limited time

 

*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 09/24/18.

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Spectrum vs. Windstream availability

Spectrum is available in more than twice as many states as Windstream and offered in more major metropolitan areas nationwide. Windstream serviceability covers a mix of rural and more densely populated areas.

Top service areas for each provider include:

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Spectrum vs. Windstream bundles

Spectrum and Windstream have similar bundle offerings, making it easy to compare monthly savings. Windstream internet speeds match Spectrum’s of up to 200 Mbps and offers more than 30 additional channels. However, Windstream’s triple service bundle adds up to a lower price of $90/mo. and yields greater savings of $25/mo*. Service also comes without a contract and a price guarantee. A Spectrum bundle with similar internet speeds and less channels will cost you about $100/mo.* and only save you $20/mo.* compared to purchasing standalone services.

Spectrum Triple Play Select

  • Internet 200 Mbps - $44.99/mo.* standalone
  • TV 125+ channels - $44.99/mo.* standalone
  • Phone - $29.99/mo.* standalone
  • Internet, TV and phone - $99.97/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: $20/mo.*

Windstream Internet + Phone + DIRECTV Select

  • Internet 200 Mbps - $35/mo.* standalone
  • TV 155+ channels - $35/mo.* standalone
  • Phone - $44.99/mo.* standalone
  • Internet, TV and phone - $90/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: $25/mo.*

*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 9/24/18.

Monthly bundle savings with either provider will mostly depend on your bundle selection, the services you choose to bundle and availability of services in your area. For more information on bundles from Spectrum or Windstream near you, give Allconnect a call now.

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Spectrum vs. Windstream internet

  Starting price Starting speeds Fastest speeds Data caps Wi-Fi hotspots
$44.99/mo.* 60 Mbps 940 Mbps None 500,000+ hotspots nationwide
$35/mo.* 1.5 Mbps 1,000 Mbps None None

*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 9/24/18.

 

Starting internet speeds from Spectrum or Windstream will mostly depend on where you’re located even though the starting price tends to remain the same. Starting speeds with Spectrum can range from 60 to 200 Mbps, while starting speeds with Windstream vary even more, ranging from 4 to 200 Mbps. A gig-speed internet service option is also available from both providers, although availability varies.

 

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Spectrum vs. Windstream cheap internet plans

Since the starting speeds of either provider vary so greatly from region to region, you won’t have much say in what speeds you’ll get with the most basic internet plan. Price point, installation options and equipment included will be the biggest point of comparison between Spectrum and Windstream’s cheapest plans.

  • Starting at $44.99/mo.* for up to 200 Mbps
  • $0.23 per Mbps (with cheapest plan)
  • Wi-Fi router/modem rental included
  • Free self-installation
  • 1-year agreement

  • Starting at $35/mo.* for up to 200 Mbps
  • $0.18 per Mbps (with cheapest plan)
  • Standard modem rental $5.99/mo.*
  • Free professional installation
  • No contract req’d

 

*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 09/24/18.

Windstream’s starting price is only about $4 cheaper than Spectrum’s when you include the cost of modem rental and comes with free professional installation. Spectrum includes the cost of monthly modem rental in the starting price, but assuming your starting speed is the same with both providers, you’ll get comparable speed for cheaper with Windstream.

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Spectrum vs. Windstream fastest internet

Spectrum and Windstream both offer gig-speed internet options to limited areas. If gig-speeds from both providers are available to your home, you’ll save about $30/mo* with Windstream internet. Windstream also uses a fiber-optic connection to provide these higher speeds, which is know for high quality as well as speed.

  • Up to 940 Mbps
  • Starting at $104.99/mo.*
  • Cable connection
  • Unlimited data

  • Up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Starting at $75/mo.*
  • Fiber-optic connection
  • Unlimited data

 

*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 9/26/18.

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Spectrum vs. Windstream TV

Consider the entertainment preferences of you and your family before selecting a TV provider and plan. Pricing may seem like an obvious priority, but features like DVR capability, add-on options and channel lineup can have a serious impact on your TV service experience.

Spectrum vs. Windstream TV costs

DIRECTV’s basic TV plan from Windstream will start at $10 less per month and come with more channels than your standard plan with Spectrum. You’ll also be able to take advantage of free professional installation with DIRECTV, which will cost you a one-time fee of $49.99* with Spectrum unless you’re interested in installing your equipment yourself. DIRECTV also includes your first DVR box free of charge and only charges $5/mo.* for each additional device compared to Spectrum’s $6.99/mo.*

  • Starts at $44.99/mo.* 
  • 125+ channels
  • Free self-installation available
  • DVR service starting at $12.99/mo.* and $6.99/mo.* for DVR/HD box rental
  • $8.85/mo.* broadcast TV fee

  • Starts at $35/mo.* 
  • 155+ channels
  • Free professional installation available
  • 1 Genie HD DVR box rental included, $5/mo. for each add’tl device
  • Broadcast TV fee up to $8/mo.*

*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 9/26/18.

 

Spectrum vs. Windstream channel packages

Windstream’s partnership with DIRECTV allows for a better offering of TV packages, with 4 channel packages to choose from and 4 premium channels included during your first 3 months of service. However, Spectrum offers a few more add-on options for customization, including international, premium, digital and sports add-on packages. DIRECTV comes in a close second with 6 sports add-ons and alternative channel packs of their own.

  • 125-200+ channels
  • 3 channel packages available
  • Premium, digital, sports and 9 international add-on packages available
  • Record up to 2 shows at once

  • 155-250+ channels
  • 4 channel packages available
  • Movies Extra Pack, DOGTV, Outdoor channel, Mediaset Italia and 6 sports add-on options available  
  • 4 premium channels for first 3 months
  • Record up to 200 hours of content

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Unique provider services

If you’re looking to build your TV package from the ground up, both Spectrum and Windstream offer skinny TV bundle options with personalization options at more affordable costs.

DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW requires no annual contract and starts at $40/mo.* for over 65 live networks. Add premium channels for up to $8/mo.* each and get additional live networks for an extra charge. DIRECTV NOW includes True Cloud BETA DVR with the ability to store up to 20 hrs of your favorite shows for up to 30 days. For a limited time, try a 7-day free trial of DIRECTV NOW today. 

Spectrum TV Choice

In limited areas, build a custom Spectrum cable package with local channels and 10 additional networks out of a choice of 65. Spectrum TV Choice starts at $21.99/mo.* and premium channels start at $7.50 each or get five for $15/mo.*

If your local channels and a few extra networks are all you require, Spectrum TV Choice starts at half the price of DIRECTV NOW and has an impressive premium channel deal of 5 for $15/mo.* Although Spectrum has a larger service area than Windstream, users may find it difficult to find Spectrum TV Choice due to a limited and quiet rollout across regions. 

Call Allconnect today to see what skinny bundles are available to your household.

 

 

Spectrum vs. Windstream customer satisfaction

Based on consumer feedback, J.D. Power gives TV and internet service providers like Spectrum and Windstream an annual power circle score rating of 1-5. Consumer factors include billing and customer service, communication, programming, cost of service and overall satisfaction.

In TV service, Windstream’s DIRECTV earned 4’s and 5’s across all categories across the country and the top spot in the west out of 8 major providers, including a category labeled “other” that contains multiple provider scores. Spectrum received an average of 3 in all categories across the country, except for billing and customer service in which it earned 3s and 4s in various regions. 

Spectrum internet service earned an average score of 3 in all categories across regions, while Windstream is not one of the providers ranked. For more information on Windstream customer satisfaction, call Allconnect.

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