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Allconnect® makes it easy for you to find and compare the best available TV providers in your area. We’ve compiled availability, pricing, TV package options and more from leading providers across the U.S., so you can find the best provider for your needs. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest TV providers, the best TV packages or just wondering who’s the best TV provider in your area, give us a call today.

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Select a TV provider with help from TV experts

Factors such as channel variety, price, technology and customer service are important considerations when choosing the best TV provider for your home. Based on reviews.com’s Best TV Providers of 2018, here are some top TV providers and the best TV services offered.

As ranked by Reviews.com as of 07/17/18.

Best satellite TV providers

Dish

  • Best DVR device - Record up to 16 shows at once
  • Customizable plans - Build your package with the DISH Flex Pack
  • Leading availability - Service available in all 50 states

directv tv

  • Best sports coverage - Home of NFL SUNDAY TICKET
  • 4K channels included - Get 4K channels at no extra cost
  • Leading availability - Service available in all 50 states
 

Best cable TV providers

spectrum

  • Simple pricing - Easily compare TV packages
  • Free DVR service- When bundling TV, internet and phone
  • No contracts and contract buyout offer - TV service doesn’t require a contract and they’ll buyout your current contract for up to $500 value

xfinity tv

  • Cheap bundle deals - Save on TV, internet and home phone
  • Channel lineups that satisfy - Even more basic packages have pretty impressive channel lineups and include the most popular channels
  • Netflix on your DVR - Watch Netflix from the XFINITY X1

 

Best DSL or Fiber TV providers

att

  • More bundle options - Bundle with AT&T U-verse TV or DIRECTV
  • Basic TV packages available - Get local channels and On Demand content
  • Most widely available fiber-optic provider - Available in 21 states

Verizon fios

  • Custom TV package options - Standard and customizable TV packages
  • High customer satisfaction - As rated by J.D. Power in 2017
  • Not-so-basic standard TV plans - Traditional TV plans have diverse channel lineups and get you more bang for your buck

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.

What are the cheapest TV providers?

Price is often one of the most important factors when customers are choosing a TV service provider. If upfront and monthly pricing is at the top of your checklist, consider the providers we’ve listed below and why they offer the cheapest TV package deals.

Providers with low-cost TV packages

Pricing varies widely by provider, excluding base TV packages with only local channels. Providers with the cheapest TV-only packages include:

Providers with lower upfront costs and fees

Installation, equipment rentals and hidden fees can really add to the overall price of service. Here are some providers who charge lower fees for equipment and service or offer equipment and services for free:

  • AT&T- Free HD DVR with most packages
  • DIRECTV- Free HD DVR
  • Spectrum- Most free HD channels available

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Best TV providers for local channels

Is staying connected to your local news and sports your primary goal? Consider a provider that offers a low-cost local channel-only TV package.

It’s also worth noting that DIRECTV includes your local channels with their main TV packages at no extra cost.

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Who has the best TV and internet bundles?

Cable TV providers such as Spectrum and XFINITY are your best option for bundling TV packages with high-speed internet and home phone. However, satellite TV providers and fiber-optic providers such as Verizon and Frontier also offer convenient bundle options.

Each TV provider offers different bundles and internet speeds based on location, so the “best” provider will vary depending on your area. Here are some providers who offer a variety of TV packages and exceptionally fast internet for a reasonable price.

 

U-verse and DIRECTV TV package options and internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.

Plus: 2-year price guarantee on qualifying bundles

Custom and standard TV package options and internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.

Plus: 2-year price guarantee on qualifying bundles

3 main TV packages and internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.

Plus: Free modem and installation on qualifying bundles.

5 main TV packages and internet speeds up to 2,000 Mbps.

Plus: Free installation and Cloud DVR storage on qualifying bundles.

Which TV providers have the best DVRs?

The DVR device you get with your TV package can make a big difference when choosing the best TV provider for your home. Here’s a bit of what you can expect from each provider's top DVR device.

  att tv cox tv dtv tv dish tv Frontier tv spectrum vfios tv xfinity tv
Provider type DSL/Fiber Cable Satellite Satellite DSL, Fiber Cable Fiber Cable
Device/service Total Home DVR Contour Record 6 Genie Hopper 3 Fios Quantum Spectrum Guide Enhanced DVR
X1 DVR
Records 4 shows at once 6 shows at once 5 shows at once 6 shows at once 12 shows at once 4 shows at once 6-12 shows at once 6 shows at once
Storage Varies 500 GB 1 TB 2 TB 500 GB Varies Up to 2 TB 500 GB
Cost* 1 free, $10 for each add./mo Starts at $8.50/mo.

1 free, $6 for each add./mo 1 free, $15 for each add./mo Varies by package Starts at $4.99/mo. Starting at $20/mo. Varies by package
Extra features Manage DVR with compatible smartphone or tablet Whole home DVR - record on one TV, watch on another Rewind - watch select shows up to 72 hours after they aired Remote finder on box. Press to make remote beep Whole-home DVR - record on one TV, watch on another Whole-home DVR - record on one TV, watch on another Manage DVR with compatible smartphone or tablet Apps - access Netflix and other apps from the DVR device

 

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If you’re looking for a DVR with great storage capabilities, a provider like DISH or Verizon Fios will be your best option. If you’re looking to record as many shows as possible at once, Frontier may be your best bet. Find out which providers are available in your area and learn more about DVR features when you give us a call.

What types of TV providers are available in your area?

Before you select your TV provider, you’ll need to see who is available in your area and what kind of TV connection they offer. Check out how availability varies by provider and connection type.

Cable companies operate in specific areas. Few people will have access to more than one cable TV provider. Use Allconnect to find your local cable TV provider and shop plans.

Unlike cable, satellite TV, from providers such as DISH and DIRECTV, is available in all 50 states. Satellite TV is an option for nearly any home with a clear view of the southern sky.

AT&T U-verse and fiber TV service from Frontier, Verizon and others are available in select locations. These services are a great TV option along with cable and satellite.

The best connection type and provider for you will depend on your address and what is available to your area. Start comparing your TV options. Give us a call now.

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What is the best alternative to cable?

Cutting the cord is a popular alternative to cable, but if you want the live programming and channel options you get with cable, over-the-top streaming services probably aren’t going to be your best bet. Instead, consider satellite or fiber-optic TV options in your area.

Satellite TV

Satellite TV is a great alternative for those who live in rural areas or just want more TV package options. DISH and DIRECTV are the most popular satellite TV providers and both services are available throughout all 50 states.

Which satellite TV provider is better?

It depends on what you want from your satellite TV provider. Both providers have comparable TV packages and pricing. DISH’s Hopper 3 DVR is superior to DIRECTV’s Genie, while DIRECTV’s sports packages and 4K channels beat DISH by a mile. Also, bundling high-speed internet and home phone may be easier with DIRECTV since the satellite TV provider is part of the AT&T family.

Fiber-optic TV

Fiber TV is not as widely available as satellite TV, but the service is still a plausible alternative to cable for some. Providers such as Verizon, Frontier and CenturyLink offer fiber services in select, mostly metropolitan, areas. Use Allconnect to find and compare available cable alternatives in your area.

 

 Last updated on 07/17/18.

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