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Are you looking for a TV and internet bundle deal, a custom channel lineup or the cheapest TV service available? No matter what’s on your TV wish list, we’ve put together a list of reliable, local TV companies that may be available in your area.Find your best TV service options today.

Best TV providers of 2020

  • AT&T TV – New streaming service
  • DIRECTV – Best sports package
  • DISH – Best hi-tech DVR

Your “best” TV provider depends on what you and your family are looking for in a great home entertainment experience. Click below to shop popular TV companies near you.

Summary of top TV companies

Compare details like contract agreements, installation fees and channel lineups when considering your TV provider. Our experts have done the in-depth research for you to make your TV decision easy.

Top TV companies at a glance

ProviderStarting monthly price*Channel rangeSimultaneous DVR recordingsContract
AT&T TV$59.9960-125+UnlimitedTwo years
Cox
Cox
$25.0075-250+Up to 6Varies by plan
DirecTV
DIRECTV
$59.99155-330+Up to 5Two years
Dish
Dish
$59.99190-290+Up to 16Two years
Frontier Communications
Frontier
$64.99115-495+Up to 4None required
Mediacom
Mediacom
$49.99 (bundle only)50-270+Up to 6One year
Optimum
Optimum
$79.99220-420+Up to 15One year
Spectrum
Spectrum
$44.99125-200+Up to 5, depending on available deviceNone

Verizon
$50.0070+-425+Up to 12None
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Xfinity
$30.0010-260+Up to 4None required for TV only

Take a closer look at how TV companies in your area stack up by clicking on a comparison below. Find nationwide availability, bundle deals, add-on options and more from TV and internet providers in your area.

Get cheap cable 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 at 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 for your address. Here’s a list of TV companies that offer cheap TV service:

Cheap cable TV services and deals

  • AT&T TV – Starting at $59.99/mo. for 60+ channels
  • Cox TV Starter – Starting at $25/mo. for 75+ channels
  • DIRECTV SELECT™ – Starting at $59.99/mo. for 155+ channels
  • Xfinity Basic – Starting at $30/mo. for 10+ channels

Call to see if these cheap TV services are available near you.

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What types of TV services are available near me?

Cable TV service is the most popular connection type, however, your address may also be eligible for fiber or satellite TV plans depending on where you’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.

Streaming TV services

To find all the channels and movies you want, consider a combination of traditional TV service plus a streaming provider (or two). With almost a dozen streaming TV services to choose from, streaming TV can be a great option to supplement all your household’s TV needs. 

Pros:

  • Availability – Streaming TV is available everywhere.
  • Price – Plans starting at $9/mo., depending on the provider. 
  • Flexibility – Switch between multiple user profiles.

Cons:

  • Sports – Fewer live sports options available.
  • Internet – Requires a stable internet connection with plenty of data.

AT&T TV

AT&T TV combines the convenience and savings of streaming with the channel variety, picture quality and DVR benefits of traditional television service. Initially offered only in select markets, AT&T TV is available everywhere.

Pros:

  • Availability – AT&T TV is available throughout the U.S.
  • Package options – Choose from four main TV packages ranging from 75+ to 140+ channels, including your local networks. A Spanish package is also available with 95+ channels.
  • On-demand titles – AT&T TV packages come with thousands of on-demand titles you can watch at home or on the go with the AT&T TV app.
  • Innovative equipment – AT&T TV features an exclusive new streaming box that offers direct access to 5,000+ apps, supports 4K resolution and lets you record an unlimited number of shows at once.

Cons:

  • Broadband connection required – AT&T recommends download speeds of 25 Mbps or higher for service, especially if you plan to stream in HD or 4K resolution.
  • Major sports packs not available – Add-on sports packages such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET, MLB Extra Innings and NBA League Pass are not currently available for order with AT&T TV.

Cable TV services

Many people use “cable” in reference to TV services in general, but cable TV is a specific type of TV service that uses coaxial cables. Since coaxial cable networks are nearly as commonplace as phone lines, cable TV is readily available in many areas.

Pros:

  • Availability – Cable TV is available to roughly 89% of U.S. residents.
  • Convenient bundling – Most cable TV companies also offer internet, home phone and home security services.
  • Reliability – Cable TV is less susceptible to service interruptions due to inclement weather.

Cons:

  • Cost – Standalone TV packages may be higher priced than satellite TV packages with similar channel lineups.
  • Specialty channel options – Compared to satellite TV, cable often will not have as many regional sports networks, international channels or other add-on options.

Popular cable TV companies: CoxMediacomOptimumSpectrumSuddenlink and Xfinity

Satellite TV services

Satellite TV service is one of the most popular and readily-available alternatives to cable TV. Satellite TV is available throughout all 50 states, but you will need a clear view of the southern sky and a place to mount a satellite dish to receive service.

Pros:

  • Availability – Satellite TV is available nearly everywhere, making it an excellent TV option in suburban and rural areas.
  • Package options – Satellite TV gives you numerous base package options and lots of add-ons for premium channels, sports and more.
  • Picture quality – Satellite TV technology supports higher bandwidth than cable, which means you’re likely to get more HD and 4K programming with satellite TV.

Cons:

  • Signal interference – Inclement weather, snow and heavy cloud cover can result in signal loss.
  • Contract obligations – Satellite TV is likely to come with a two-year service agreement, a longer commitment than most cable or fiber-optic TV providers require.

Popular satellite TV companies: DIRECTV and DISH

Fiber-optic TV services

Fiber-optic TV service is becoming more popular as fiber-optic networks become more available. Currently, fiber-optic TV is primarily available in metro areas and less than a third of U.S. residents are eligible for service.

Pros:

  • Package options – Like satellite TV, fiber-optic TV has a high bandwidth that will support many channels and high picture quality.
  • Bundle options – If fiber-optic TV is available, it’s likely that you’ll be able to bundle with fiber-optic internet service, an emerging internet connection type.
  • Reliability – Fiber-optic cables are more durable and resistant to interference than coaxial cables, giving fiber-optic TV superb reliability.

Cons:

  • Availability – Fiber-optic TV is currently one of the least-available types of TV service.
  • Cost – Standalone fiber-optic TV package may cost more than satellite or cable TV options. Plus, you may have to bundle with internet to qualify for certain TV packages or pricing.

Popular fiber-optic TV companies: Frontier FiOS and Verizon Fios

Find out which TV service types and providers are available in your area. Click “Shop providers” below or call to speak with our TV experts about available options in your area.

Over-the-top streaming TV services

A cheap alternative to cable TV is to simply purchase a fast internet connection and stream your favorite shows. Here are a few TV streaming options that you might find to be good substitutes or complements to traditional TV service.

AT&T TV NOW

AT&T TV NOW (formerly 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 live channels you get with regular TV service. DVR service is now available with DIRECTV NOW 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 makes them a great supplement to TV service, but not the best substitute for live programming.

Roku and other devices

Many devices, such as the Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick, let you stream TV from a variety of sources. However, like Netflix and Hulu, available content is limited. Such devices are ideal for viewers who just watch a few TV series and On Demand movies.


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Frequently asked questions about TV companies

What’s the difference between satellite and cable TV?

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.

What TV companies are in my area?

Availability for TV companies varies nationwide. Satellite TV companies are the most widely available, followed by cable, fiber-optic and IPTV. Call to hear about available TV service providers and plans in your area.

What is 4K TV?

4K TV, also called “Ultra-HD”, is a picture resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixels, roughly four times the 1920 x 1080 you get with HD resolution. The result is a sharper image, but you need a 4K TV and a service that offers 4K programming to experience it.

Is TV service cheaper if I bundle?

Most TV companies offer discounts to customers who bundle services together. Because of increased competition between internet and TV companies, 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.


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