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Our TV experts at Allconnect® are familiar with popular TV service providers in your area, so we can help you make the best choice for your household. Whether you’re looking for a bundle deal that saves you money, a custom channel lineup or more HD channels, we partner with a provider that’s right for you. Check out some popular providers that may be available in your area.
Best TV providers for 2018
As ranked by reviews.com as of 11/20/18.
- AT&T – Best build your own bundle
- Cox – High customer satisfaction
- DIRECTV – Best sports package
- DISH – Best hi-tech DVR
- Frontier – Best HD picture
- Mediacom – Best for genre-specific add-ons
- Spectrum – No contracts
- Verizon FiOS – Most customizable channel package
Reviews.com is owned and operated by an affiliate of Allconnect, Inc. However, Allconnect, Inc. is not involved in or responsible for the production of Reviews.com content, including the rankings cited on this page.
Your “best” TV service provider depends on what you and your family are looking for in a great home entertainment experience. Call today to see which popular TV service providers you can shop today.
Compare top TV service providers
If you’re considering more than one provider in your area, compare details like contract agreements, installation fees, channel lineups and more. Our experts have done some in-depth research on major providers with similar service offerings to help make your decision easy.
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Get the cheapest TV service near you
TV service doesn’t have to be expensive. Many popular providers offer basic TV service that includes local channels and major networks for an affordable price. If you’re looking for the best value for your money, we’ll help you find some of the cheapest TV providers that service your address. Here’s a list of TV providers that offer cheap TV service:
Cheap TV services
- AT&T U-verse – U-Basic TV starting at $19/mo. for 15+ channels*
- DIRECTV – SELECT™ Package starting at $35/mo. for 150+ channels*
- Frontier – FiOS or Vantage Local starting at $25/mo. with varying channels by location*
- Optimum – Broadcast Basic starting at $24.99/mo. for 50 channels*
- XFINITY – Digital Economy starting at $39.95/mo. for 100+ channels*
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 11/20/18.
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What types of TV services are available near me?
Although cable TV service is still the most popular connection type, with widespread availability in highly populated areas nationwide, consumers will usually shop from either cable, fiber or satellite TV plans depending on where they’re located. Residents in rural areas, for example, can shop satellite TV providers which offer service in places that other providers do not. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of the TV connection types that may be available in your area.
- Convenient bundling options
- Can be more expensive than other TV options
Popular providers: Cox, Mediacom, Optimum, Spectrum, Suddenlink, XFINITY
- Immune to signal interference
- Clear, high quality picture
- Competitive pricing
- Limited availability
Popular providers: AT&T, Frontier, Verizon
- Widespread availability
- Affordable pricing
- Professional installation often required
- Prone to weather-related disturbances
Popular providers: DISH, DIRECTV
Over-the-top or streaming TV services
A cheap TV alternative is to simply purchase a fast internet connection and stream your favorite shows.
DIRECTV NOW is a subscription over-the-top service that lets you watch live TV and On Demand programming. It’s a cost-effective way to “cut the cord” and still get many of the channels you get with TV service. DVR service is now available and offers up to 20 hours of cloud storage for shows.
Netflix, Hulu & Amazon Prime
Popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime feature movies, hit series and original shows. For the most part, these services feature On Demand streaming, which make them a great supplement to TV service, but not the best substitute for live programming.
Roku and other devices
There are many devices, such as the Roku, that let you stream TV from a variety of sources. However, like Netflix and Hulu streaming options, available content is limited. Such devices are ideal for viewers who just watch a few TV series and On Demand movies.
Frequently asked question about TV providers
Cable service providers use a coaxial cable connection and a cable box, while satellite TV providers use a satellite dish to send the TV signal. With a satellite dish installed, satellite TV is available to most homes nationwide. Cable, on the other hand, is only available to homes connected to a cable network and may not be available in rural areas.
Also known as high definition television, HDTV is a digital television display that provides high quality picture and sound. Standard definition television is usually broadcast in 480p, which is only half the video quality of HDTV. Most HDTV programming is broadcast between 720p and 1080i. The biggest difference between standard definition and high definition is the “film-like” grainy visual that HDTV erases. HDTV provides a clearer picture, smoother edges and brighter colors.
Most providers offer discounts to customers who bundle TV and internet services together. Because of increased competition between TV and internet companies, service providers often give a discount for setting up all of your services through them rather than getting internet from one provider and TV from another. Use Allconnect to search for service bundle deals in your area.
Last updated on 11/20/18.
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