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What are the best cable TV providers?

Most cable companies offer TV, internet and home phone services, but plans, pricing and channel offerings will vary by provider. Here’s a look at the top cable providers, according to

  • Spectrum – Flexible bundle deals
  • XFINITY – Lots of channel packages
  • Cox – High customer satisfaction
  • Mediacom – Genre-specific add-ons

The “best” cable companies for your home are the ones that are available in your area and offer the plans and features you want for the lowest price. Find cable TV providers in your area and compare plans and service features with Allconnect®.

What cable providers are in my area?

Cable companies typically operate in specific areas to keep their costs low and offer customers affordable cable plans. Therefore, where you live will largely determine what cable providers are available in your area.

Top cable company service areas

Providers  States served Nationwide coverage (based on population)  Main service areas

Cox Communications Logo


19 7%  Southwest, Central U.S. and Northeast


21 2% Midwest, Central U.S. and Mid-Atlantic


4 6% Northeast and NYC

Spectrum Logo


41 32% Southern U.S., Midwest and West Coast



39 35% Northwest, Great Lakes area and Eastern U.S.


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Save with a cable TV and internet bundle

While most cable companies offer standalone TV services, many also offer TV and internet bundles with built-in savings. Along with saving you money on your monthly bill and possibly installation costs, bundling cable TV and internet could qualify you for equipment upgrades, extra package options and more. Plus, cable TV and internet bundles make shopping for home services simple.

Here’s a look at standalone TV and bundle options from the largest cable companies:

Providers Cable TV channels Standalone TV TV and internet Bundle savings

Cox Communications Logo



 75-250+ $25/mo.*  $54.99/mo.* $7/mo.*


100-230+ n/a $49.98/mo.* n/a

Optimum Logo


220-420+ $59.99/mo.* $69.99/mo.* $20/mo.*

Spectrum Logo


125-200+ $44.99/mo.* $79.98/mo.* $10/mo.*



10-260+ $30/mo.* $49.99/mo.* $20/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 11/13/18.

Some cable providers offer increased monthly savings when bundling with higher-tiered TV or internet packages. Other providers, such as Mediacom, may only offer cable TV service with a TV and internet bundle.

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Advantages of cable TV service

Why choose cable for your home? There are a few reasons why cable may be a better choice over other TV and internet options. Here are some advantages to cable TV service:

Cable providers make it easy to combine TV, internet and home phone services into one package. A convenient way to shop and pay for home services, bundles can also save you money.

Cable service, from a variety of cable companies, covers 90% of the U.S. Cable providers and available plans will vary by location. Use Allconnect to find cable providers near you.

Most cable providers offer a few TV package options that include local channels and popular networks. You can also customize your channel lineup with add-on packages for sports, movies and more.

Cable lines typically deliver a strong, reliable connection for TV and internet services. Cable service is also not as susceptible as satellite to service interruptions during bad weather.

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What are the best alternatives to cable?

If you’re not interested in cable, or cable service isn’t available in your area, there are a few alternatives that will still bring you a great TV viewing experience. Check out some of these popular alternatives to cable TV service.

Satellite TV

Major satellite TV providers DIRECTV and DISH offer similar, if not better, TV packages and features. You can also bundle internet with DIRECTV or DISH in most areas.

Fiber and IPTV

Get a fiber TV connection with Frontier or Verizon, or an internet protocol connection from providers such as AT&T or CenturyLink for a TV experience similar to what you get with cable.

Over-the-top services

Want to cut the cord all together? Try streaming services such as DIRECTV NOW. With DIRECTV NOW, you still get live TV service, but you’ll need a reliable broadband connection.

Frequently asked cable TV questions

Get answers to common questions about cable companies and services here. For more information, call to speak with our cable experts.

Basic cable TV plans can range from around $30 to $60 per month.* Higher-tiered packages can run $100 per month or more. Equipment and add-on packages can also increase the monthly cost. Bundling cable TV with internet is a good way to lower the cost of cable.

*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 11/13/18.

There are many reasons, but the main reason is to help keep costs low. With all the expenses that come with providing cable service, attempting to offer new services where another cable provider is already established would not be cost-effective.

Quite often, yes. Most cable providers offer price discounts and other incentives, such as equipment upgrades, when you bundle TV and internet together. Call Allconnect at for cable TV bundle pricing in your area.

You can search available cable providers by ZIP with Allconnect. We’ll show you which cable providers are in your area. Call our cable TV experts for details about available plans and any special offers in your area.

Many cable companies are also popular home phone service providers and offer TV, internet and home phone bundles. You can likely add home phone to a cable TV and internet bundle for a low additional monthly cost. Some cable providers may even include home phone service with your TV bundle at no extra cost.

Many cable providers have an app that allows you to stream cable TV from your smart devices with a TV subscription. There are a select few over-the-top services, such as Hulu, Roku and DIRECTV NOW. However, to get the best selection of live TV and channels, consider cable, satellite or fiber/IPTV package.

Last updated on 11/20/18.

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