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The best cable TV providers of 2019

  • AT&T U-verse – Build your own service bundle
  • Cox – High customer satisfaction
  • Mediacom – Genre-specific add-ons
  • Spectrum – Flexible bundle deals
  • Xfinity – Lots of channel packages

As ranked by Reviews.com as of 07/24/19.
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The “best” cable TV providers for your home are the ones available in your area that offer the plans and features you want for the lowest price. Call to speak with our experts about cable TV options in your area.

What cable TV providers are available in my area?

  • AT&T U-verse – Available in 21 states. Primary service areas include the South, Midwest and parts of Nevada and southern California.
  • Cox – Available in 19 states. Primary service areas include the Southwest, central U.S., and the Northeast.
  • Mediacom – Available in 21 states. Primary service areas include the Midwest, central U.S. and the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Optimum – Available in four states. Primary service areas include the Northeast and greater NYC area
  • Spectrum – Available in 41 states. Primary service areas include the South, Midwest and West Coast.
  • Suddenlink – Available in 19 states. Primary service areas include the Ark-La-Tex region, most of West Virginia, eastern North Carolina and parts of Arizona, California, Idaho and Nevada.
  • Xfinity – Available in 39 states. Primary service areas include the Northwest, Great Lakes area and eastern U.S.

Source: broadbandmap.fcc.gov

Available cable TV providers for your address will depend on where you live. Click “View providers” below to see cable TV providers in your area. You can also shop and compare plans from available providers, all in one place for free.
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Compare top cable TV providers

ProvidersStarting price*ChannelsContract
ATT Uverse Logo
AT&T U-verse
$19/mo.25-565+One year

Cox
$25/mo.75-140+One year, no contract options may be available
mediacom logo
Mediacom
$69.98 (bundle only)170-270+One year
Optimum by Altice
Optimum
$59.95/mo.220-420+One year
Charter Spectrum
Spectrum
$44.99/mo.125-220+None

Suddenlink
$57.99/mo. 225-340+One year

Xfinity
$20/mo.10-220+One year, no contract options may be available

*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 07/24/19.

Cable TV packages in your area

Available TV package selections will vary by cable TV provider, and available channels within those packages will vary by location. Some cable TV providers, such as AT&T U-verse and Xfinity, offer basic cable packages with local channels and possibly a few extras for a low monthly cost. Nearly all cable TV providers offer standard TV packages with local and popular networks, while some offer robust packages with many premium channels and sports networks.

Check out the channels these top cable TV providers include with their packages.

Cable TV pricing in your area

Monthly costs for cable TV can vary from around $20 for basic TV packages to well over $100 for packages that include lots of channels and premium networks. Additionally, broadcast fees, DVR equipment and the number of TVs you connect can also add to the price of your cable TV bill.

Most cable TV providers also offer add-on packages for premium channels such as HBO® or Showtime®, extra sports coverage, international channels and more. These packs will add to the monthly price, although some cable providers may offer select packages at no extra cost for a limited time.

Bundling TV and internet together is a great way to potentially save on your cable bill. 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.

Call to learn more about cable TV in your area. Our cable experts will let you know about available plans plus potential bundle savings and special offers for your home

Advantages of cable TV service

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

Cable companies 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 89% of the U.S. The largest cable providers, and therefore the most likely to be available in your area, are Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, Mediacom and Optimum.

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.

 

What are the disadvantages of cable TV service?

  • Cost – Along with the monthly cost of your cable TV package, fees, equipment rentals and other costs can easily push the price of cable TV service above $100/mo.
  • Limited channel options – While cable TV does typically offer great channel selection, you are unlikely to get the channel options you’d get with satellite TV, especially when it comes to sports and international packages.
  • Pressure to bundle – Some cable TV providers only make certain equipment or special offers available with TV and internet bundles. Others may not even offer standalone TV service, requiring you to get their internet if you want TV service with them.

Streaming packages and apps from cable TV providers in your area

Some cable providers offer streaming packages in addition to their regular TV packages. For example, Cox’s Contour Flex and Spectrum’s TV Essentials are streaming-only cable TV packages. These packages offer many of the same popular cable TV channels you’d get with their lower-tiered plans, but come at a lower price point. You are, however, required to bundle with internet to be eligible for these streaming-only packages.

Most cable TV providers also offer free live and on-demand TV streaming on their exclusive apps. Cox, Mediacom, Spectrum, Xfinity and others have their own applications that enable you to stream TV on your mobile devices at home or on the go. Some provider apps also give you access to content recorded and stored in your DVR library.

Can I stream cable TV in my area without a cable subscription?

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

Services including DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue and Sling offer live TV streaming on many of the same channels that are available from cable TV providers. Other streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu let you stream shows, movies and original series on demand. These type of on-demand streaming services can be a good alternative or complement to traditional cable TV service.

Want to learn more about alternatives to cable TV in your area? Check out our breakdown of the best streaming services and alternatives to cable TV.

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/mo. Higher-tiered packages can run $100/mo. or more. Equipment and add-on packages can also increase the monthly cost.

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

Quite often, yes. Most cable TV providers offer price discounts and other incentives, such as equipment upgrades, when you bundle TV and internet together. Call our cable TV and internet experts to hear about special offers from cable TV providers in your area.

If you’re moving to a new place, you could have TV and internet options from cable, fiber and satellite providers. To find cable providers, such as Cox, Spectrum and Xfinity, in your area, enter your ZIP and click “Shop plans” at the top of the page. We’ll show you available cable providers and plans in your new area.

Last updated on 07/25/19.

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