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The best cable TV providers of 2019

  • 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 06/24/19.
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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 at your address.

What are the cable TV providers in my area?

  • CoxAvailable in 19 states. Primary service areas include the Southwest, central U.S., and the Northeast.
  • MediacomAvailable in 21 states. Primary service areas include the Midwest, central U.S. and the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Optimum – Available in 4 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.
  • XfinityAvailable in 39 states. Primary service areas include the Northwest, Great Lakes area and eastern U.S.

Source: broadbandmap.fcc.gov

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Cable TV provider pricing

ProvidersStarting price*ChannelsContract

Cox
$25/mo.75-140+1 year, no contract options may be available
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Mediacom
$69.98 (standalone TV not available)170-270+1 year
Optimum by Altice
Optimum
$59.95/mo.220-420+1 year
Charter Spectrum
Spectrum
$44.99/mo.125-220+None
Xfinity
Xfinity
$20/mo.10-220+1 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 06/24/19.

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 add-on packs will add to the monthly price, although some cable providers may offer select packages at no extra cost for a limited time. Additionally, broadcast fees, DVR equipment and the number of TVs you connect can also add to the price of your cable TV bill.

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 hear about available standalone cable TV plans and internet bundles 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 per month.
  • 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 a standalone TV service, requiring you to get their internet if you want TV service with them.

What are the best alternatives to cable?

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. Check out some of these popular alternatives to cable TV service.

  • Satellite TV – Plans starting at $35/mo.*  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 TV and IPTV – Plans starting at $19/mo.* 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.
  • Streaming services – Plans starting at $8/mo.* Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are a popular alternative to cable. If you want to cut the cord and keep your live TV, check out DIRECTV NOW. Streaming services will require a reliable internet connection.
  • Local channels – Free. With an HD antenna, you can pick up local channel broadcasts for free and watch news, local sports and primetime TV shows. You can get an antenna from your local electronics retailer for as little as $20.

*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 06/24/19.

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.

There are many reasons, 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 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.

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 06/26/19.

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