There are a lot of great cable packages available, but they’re not all created equal.
Some are low-cost, others offer hundreds of channels, and many include bundling discounts that can save you money. In the end, choosing a TV package is a personal decision that’s based on factors like your budget and your household’s viewing preferences.
Keep those factors in mind as you read this run-down of some of the best TV packages available.
1. Charter Spectrum Triple Play Select
Benefits: Powerful HD offerings with solid Internet and phone perks
Cost: From $29.99 per month each for 12 months, when bundled
The Charter Spectrum™ Triple Play Select is a bundled plan that includes cable TV, Internet, and phone services. Signing up for this package gives you access to over 125 channels with Free HD. Movie channels include Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, AMC, FOX Movie Channel, and more. Offerings from ESPN, MLB Network, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, and NBC Sports Network will appease sports fans, and kids will love the programming from Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. With Charter Spectrum™ TV, you also get access to more than 10,000 On Demand program choices, and you can add premiums channels to your package for a low monthly rate.
In addition to a strong channel line-up, this Charter Spectrum® plan offers Internet download speeds of up to 60 Mbps and unlimited local and long distance calling in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
2. XFINITY Starter XF Double Play
Benefits: Good channel selection with online streaming access
Cost: As low as $79.99 per month for 12 months with a two-year agreement; $89.99 per month for the first 12 months without a term agreement
If you’re not interested in a home phone but still want to save money by bundling, the XFINITY® Starter XF Double Play is worth looking into. In addition to providing over 140 digital channels, this mid-priced cable TV package includes Internet service with download speeds of up to 75 Mbps and free access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. HBO® is included in this package for 12 months, as is Streampix®, which gives you unlimited access to thousands of movies and entire past seasons of TV shows on your TV or smartphone.
In terms of channel selection, the Starter XF Double Play TV package gives you a wide selection, from Encore, Sundance TV, and MGM to Sprout, Nick Jr., and Cartoon Network. Sports lovers will enjoy NFL Network, Sportsman Channel, and ESPN, while news buffs will have a dozen channel options, ranging from BBC World News to the Weather Channel.
Additionally, XFINITY On Demand allows you to watch current and past TV shows from several major networks whenever you want — right from your TV, smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can even watch previously downloaded content when you’re offline.
3. Time Warner Cable Preferred TV with Whole House HD-DVR
Benefits: Access to HD channels and flexible viewing
Cost: $79.99 per month for 12 months
If you want a budget-priced cable TV package without sacrificing channel selection, Time Warner Cable® Preferred TV with Whole House HD-DVR is a good option. You’ll get over 200 digital channels, including some of the most popular sports channels, like FOX Sports, NFL Network, Golf Channel, and ESPN. DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Wild are just a few of the more than 20 educational channels the package offers, and news channels include the Weather Channel, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and others.
Arguably the biggest benefit of this plan is the Whole House HD-DVR — if you like being able to move from room to room while you’re watching TV, this plan will cater to that preference. Basic DVR capabilities allow you to record up to two HD shows at once, though that can be bumped up to six shows when you opt for the Enhanced DVR option.
4. Time Warner Cable Starter TV
Benefits: Basic content without an overwhelming selection, plus some mobile viewing
Cost: $19.99 per month for 12 months
If all you need is a few channels, the Time Warner Cable Starter TV package could be the best cable package you’ll find. You’ll get more than 20 channels, including local stations. Plus, for just $15 per month, you can add HBO®, which also gives you access to premium On Demand programming. Additionally, with the TWC TV® app, you can watch a selection of shows on your phone.
5. Cox Gold Bundle with Contour TV
Benefits: Huge channel selection, fast Internet, and gift card perks
Cost: $159.99 per month for 24 months with a two-year service agreement and Price Lock Guarantee
The Cox® Gold Bundle with Contour TV is priced higher than any of the other TV packages featured here, but it also offers a lot of entertainment value for your money. With more than 380 channels to choose from, your family will never be left wondering what to watch. Plus, you’ll get access to On Demand, Pay-Per-View, and select premium channels. As if that’s not enough, with the Contour TV app, your TV will learn what kind of shows you like and give you a customized entertainment experience.
When it comes to Internet service, this package also delivers, offering up to 300 Mbps Internet download speeds, plus free Cloud Drive storage. Additionally, the current promotion comes with a $200 Visa gift card.
We’ve highlighted some of the best cable TV packages available, but there are many more to choose from. To ensure you make a good decision, find out which cable TV companies serve your area and then take a closer look at the packages these companies offer.
*Pricing and speeds are current as of writing. Pricing and speeds are subject to change. Not all offers available in all areas.