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Update 08/03/2020: AT&T, CenturyLink, DIRECTV, and Verizon Fios address COVID-19 concerns

For subscribers worried about losing internet service during the COVID-19 (commonly known as “coronavirus”) situation, many providers—including some of the ones in this article, have signed the Federal Communications Commission’s Keep Americans Connected PledgeUpdate: the Pledge expired as of June 30, 2020.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will “not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic,” says the pledge.

The companies will also “waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the Coronavirus pandemic” and “open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.” This pledge currently applies to the 60 days following March 13.

Additional steps being taken by AT&T, DIRECTV, and CenturyLink:

  • AT&T and CenturyLink are lifting data caps on all plans for 60 days.
  • DIRECTV is considering offering partial refunds on its NBA League Pass package since the current basketball season’s been cut short by COVID-19.

It’s no secret that cable and internet can be pretty expensive. Many people feel they overpay for these services. There are some great internet and TV deals to be had, though, if you know where to look.

We’ve done the digging and rounded up some of the best deals for cable and internet service you’ll find anywhere, so you can kick back and enjoy your reasonably priced entertainment without worrying about whether you’re getting your money’s worth.

The best TV and internet deals

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Best deal forPackagePriceChannels/speedCost per channel/megabit
Sports fansDIRECTV® XTRA + SPORTS PACK$83.98/mo.*275+ channels$0.31 per channelView plans
Budget shoppersDIRECTV SELECTTM$59.99/mo.155+ channels$0.39 per channelView plans
Channel surfersVerizon The Most Fios TV$90.00/mo. 425+ channels$0.21 per channelView plans
StreamersHulu + Live TV$54.99-$60.99/mo.65+ channels$0.85–$0.94 per channelView plans
Internet-only shoppersCenturyLink Fiber Internet$65.00/mo. Up to 940 Mbps$0.07 per megabitView plans

*Data effective 03/18/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. For 12 months with a 2-yr contract, paperless bill, & autopay. Price increases for months 13–24.
† For 12 months with a 1-yr. agreement & Autopay.

Top internet and TV bundles

DIRECTV: XTRA + SPORTS PACK

Best TV deal for sports fans

What it offers

  • $69.99 per month (for 12 months) for base package
  • 235+ channels
  • 40 additional sports channels with Sports Pack for $13.99 per month
  • 275 channels at $83.98 per month is about $0.31 per channel

Pros

  • Great customer service
  • Excellent price per channel
  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET (current season free to new customers)
  • Powerful Genie DVR

Cons

  • Requires a 2-year contract
  • Needs a mounted satellite dish

DIRECTV is one of the best providers in the business for sports programming, with tons of channel variety in its TV package deals. Based on cost per channel, DIRECTV XTRA® is a slightly better value than other high-end packages like DIRECTV ULTIMATE. Add in the Sports Pack and you’ll pay about 31 cents per channel, which is great.

The Sports Pack adds essential channels for sports fans, including regional sports channels and ESPN Classic. But there’s more: new customers get the current season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET free.

And there’s plenty of content in DIRECTV XTRA® for the less sports-obsessed folks in your life—check out the complete lineup here.

DIRECTV: SELECTTM

Best TV deal for a budget

What it offers

  • $59.99 per month for 12 months*
  • 155+ Channels
  • About $0.39 per channel

/mo. for 12 mos plus taxes. Autopay & Paperless bill req’d. Prices higher in 2nd year.

Pros

Cons

  • 2-yr. contract required
  • No free NFL SUNDAY TICKET

As noted above, DIRECTV‘s SELECTTM has 155+ channels for $59.99 a month, with a cost per channel of $0.39. So why didn’t we include it in the Sports recommendation above? Well, it doesn’t have as many sports channels as DIRECTV XTRA—and the NFL SUNDAY TICKET offer only counts for the CHOICETM plan and higher.

Verizon: The Most Fios TV

Best TV deal for channel surfers

What it offers

  • $90.00 per month
  • 425+ channels
  • About $0.21 per channel

Pros

  • Tons of channels to choose from
  • Excellent price per channel

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Few package choices
  • DVR fees

The Most Fios TV from Verizon gets the title of “Best TV Deal for Channel Surfers” with a whopping 425+ Channels. That works out to about $0.21 per channel, easily making it one of the best cable TV deals you’ll find. While some other providers offer similar channel counts, none do it at this price.

Availability, unfortunately, is limited since it’s a fiber-optic based service. But if you can get fiber in your area, we highly recommended The Most Fios TV. And since fiber is the fastest and most reliable internet connection, you might want to bundle. Verizon’s Fios Gigabit Connection + The Most Fios TV ($169.99 a month) is one of the best internet and TV bundles around with 425+ channels and speeds up to 940 Mbps. The cost per channel goes up to $0.40, but that’s still worth it.

Plus taxes. For eligible new res. custs. $99 set-up & taxes & terms may apply. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit. Fios avail. in select areas.

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Hulu + Live TV

Best TV deal on streaming

What it offers

  • $54.99-$60.99 per month
  • 65+ channels
  • $0.85–$0.94 per channel

Pros

  • Stream live TV anywhere, anytime
  • Offers a good variety of channel options
  • Access to Hulu on-demand content and originals

Cons

  • Requires an internet connection
  • Some local channels not available

These days, cutting the cord doesn’t have to mean cutting out live TV. Several streaming providers offer live TV, including Sling TV and YouTube TV. We think Hulu + Live TV is the best bang for the buck, though, with a lower price per channel, as well as popular cable networks and access to Hulu’s library of on-demand shows and originals.

Hulu’s plans come in ad and no-ad tiers, apply to Hulu + Live TV: $54.99 a month for livestreaming TV services with the ad-supported version of Hulu, or $60.99 a month for livestreaming with ad-free Hulu. Hulu + Live TV also allows for premium TV add-ons, including HBO® ($14.99/mo.), SHOWTIME ($10.99/mo.), CINEMAX ($9.99/mo.), and STARZ ($8.99/mo.).

CenturyLink Fiber Internet

Best deal on internet

What it offers

  • $65.00 per month
  • Up to 940 Mbps (1 Gig)
  • About $0.07 per megabit

Pros

  • Blazing fast speeds
  • No contracts
  • Guaranteed price for life of service

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • So-so customer satisfaction

We’ve covered great TV deals, but what if you’re looking for a great deal on high-speed internet service? Look no further than CenturyLink Fiber Internet. One gig plans in general tend to offer the best deals on internet service simply because the speed goes up so much in proportion to the price.

CenturyLink offers a couple things that set it apart from the competition: first, there’s no contract involved—just pay every month and enjoy the service as long as you want; second, the price is guaranteed to never go up as long as you maintain service. The downside is that this plan is still available only in select markets. However, if you can get it, we highly recommend it.

What makes a TV or internet package a great deal?

To find the best TV and internet bundles, we first looked at cost per channel (TV) and cost per megabit (internet). The math is pretty easy: just divide the number of channels (or number of megabits) by the package price.

For example:

Obviously, when it comes to this comparison, you want the lowest number possible—because that generally means you’re getting the most for your money.

We also looked at other additional perks the service offered—CenturyLink’s Price for Life guarantee, for example, protects your rate from increasing as long as you keep you plan. Spectrum’s TV Gold plan includes tons of extras, like free HBO, CINEMAX®, NFL Network, NFL RedZone, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, and STARZ ENCORE (among other features).

Feel free to use our magic methods in your own shopping and let us know what screamin’ deals you dig up.

TV and internet deals FAQ 

Which TV provider has the best deals?

If it’s available in your area, AT&T TV offers the best deals, with huge channel counts and affordable prices. If you don’t have access to AT&T TV, DIRECTV offers the same pricing scheme, and even though the channel counts are lower, it’s available in all 50 states.

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What does 1 gig mean?

One gig refers to an internet speed of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), which is equal to about 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps). These plans are fast—you can download an entire HD movie in less than two minutes.

How can I lower my cable and internet bill?

If you spend a few more bucks on a faster internet service, you can lower your cable bill by cutting cable altogether with a livestreaming TV service. CableTV.com’s favorite livestreamer, Hulu + Live TV, gives you over 60 popular channels, including sports and locals, for $54.99-$60.99, which is a lot less than cable and satellite providers.

Other livestreaming services, like Sling TV and YouTube TV, offer even cheaper plans—but they don’t include Hulu’s on-demand and original content, a big selling point.

All you need to start livestreaming your TV is an internet connection and a streaming device, and you’ll just pay the internet bill and a subscription fee (renewed on a monthly basis with no contracts).

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