With so many TV providers on the market, it’s hard to be sure you’ve got the best one for you. You don’t want to miss out on your favorite sports channels and movie options or pay too much for your package—so what do you do? Here’s the solution: we’ve reviewed dozens of TV packages so you don’t have to. You can find the best package for your lifestyle right here, right now.
DIRECTV has a well-earned reputation for being the best TV service provider when it comes to sports. But instead of opting for its largest package—DIRECTV Premier for $125 per month—we recommend sports fans keep their eye on the ball with the DIRECTV XTRA for $70 per month and add the DIRECTV Sports Pack for $13 per month. DIRECTV XTRA includes sports must-haves like ESPN, Fox Sports, and this year’s exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX, while the Sports Pack opens regional networks, international soccer, and specialty sports. Compare the channel lineup, and then decide if you’re ready to never miss another game again.
Along with providing Animal Planet, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and all the other family favorites, DISH America’s Top 200 is the best family TV package thanks to DISH’s partnership with Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media gives shows and movies ratings for seven different content categories, which appear on the Hopper 3 DVR and DISH Anywhere. DISH Anywhere also allows you to filter content by age and set up different accounts for each of your children. So once you’re signed up with DISH, you can load its app onto your phone or tablet for peaceful car rides with occupied children with no worries about what shows might pop up.
DISH takes care of movie buffs with seventeen movie channels, HBO for one year, and three months of premium channels for free with its America’s Top 250. You’ll also love adding on the Hopper 3, which can store up to 500 hours of HD content. Additionally, you can download content to your smartphone, tablet, and laptop to enjoy sans Wi-Fi or load 100 hours of content onto a HopperGo to play back shows on up to five devices at once. And don’t worry about switching over to Netflix—subscribers will find the Netflix catalog is integrated into DISH’s universal search. To top it off, DISH offers 4K compatibility and 5.1 Dolby Digital support. We hope you have a lot of popcorn ready because every night will be movie night with DISH America’s Top 250.
You can make all your telecommunication services more affordable when you bundle. Verizon Fios’s high internet speeds and one year of free HBO® and Multi-Room DVR service make this offer especially attractive. Verizon makes Triple Play about more than just consolidating bills. Manage your phone settings and program your DVR over the internet, and check your voicemail on the TV or through email. Triple Play includes any one of Verizon’s TV packages, and, for the especially frugal, we recommend adding on Verizon’s Custom TV packages (more on that in Best Fiber Package). It’s time to stop paying more for separate television, home phone, and internet—make your services convenient with this sweet bundle!
*yr. 1, $84.99/mo.; yr. 2, w/ 2-yr. agmt., + taxes, RSN, FDV, other fees and $12/mo. STB equip. charge.
Not only does Fios Custom TV have the high-picture fidelity and immediate response time of fiber, but it also helps you save money by eliminating channels you never watch. Fios Custom TV lets you choose the channel lineup that suits you best. Action & Entertainment includes shows like TNT and MTV; Sports & News includes ESPN and Fox Sports; Kids & Pop includes Disney and USA; News & Variety includes CNN and Discovery; Infotainment & Drama includes National Geographic and USA; Lifestyle & Reality includes Lifetime and Freeform; and Home & Family includes HGTV and Food Network. Stop scrolling through pages of channels you never watch and start watching television tailored to you!
** for 1 year plus taxes, equip. charges, RSN, and other fees
DIRECTV NOW streams live TV on your phone, tablet, computer, or television and provides access to thousands of on-demand titles with no contract or installation. The “Live a Little” package hooks you up with 60+ channels, including CNN, Disney, ESPN, and Food Network. You can even add HBO®, CINEMAX, and STARZ from $5 a month. If you want to watch from a TV, take advantage of DIRECTV NOW’s deals on streaming media players like Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick. Not sure if cord cutting is for you? You can start a free seven-day trial right now.
4K Ultra HD is still getting off the ground, but if you want to be ahead of the curve, DIRECTV is your best bet. All its packages include three 4K channels and a search function to find other 4K programs, but DIRECTV SELECT is the most affordable option. Channel 104 runs 24/7 with a mix of shows in 4K, including nature documentaries and original AUDIENCE content. Channels 105 and 106 are both Pay-Per-View for movies and events respectively. DIRECTV SELECT is your chance to bring a theater-quality experience right to your couch—no pants required.
Which is the best TV provider?
According to our “2017’s Best TV Providers in Customer Satisfaction” survey, Verizon Fios is the best TV provider. But if Verizon Fios doesn’t provide service to your area, don’t worry. DISH and DIRECTV came in second and third place, and they are available in all fifty states.
Which provider has the best cable TV plans?
While “cable TV” is the common phrase to refer to traditional television, that doesn’t mean cable is always the best kind of TV. Satellite and fiber TV can also be good options. However, Cox ranked as the best cable provider in our 2017 survey (as opposed to the fiber TV offered by Verizon Fios). You can choose from one of Cox’s six packages starting at $39.99.
How much does it cost to get basic cable?
“Basic cable” sounds a lot simpler than it is. If Cox or Xfinity are in your area, you might be able to land an economy package for about $30 per month. DIRECTV and DISH packages start at around $50. But if you’re in a metropolitan area where AT&T offers U-verse, there may be a chance to snatch up twenty channels for just $19.
Did we miss anything?
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