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Alternatives to Optimum

If you’re ready to leave Optimum, we’ll break down the benefits and downsides of Optimum’s competitors to help you find a new provider.

If you’re sick of the equipment fees and finally ready to jump ship from Optimum, we’ve laid out your best new provider options.

Verizon Fios and DISH are our top Optimum alternatives, thanks to their excellent packages and transparent pricing. But if your neighborhood isn’t covered by Verizon or you want to check out the competition, here’s what you need to know about alternatives to Optimum TV and internet service.

Optimum alternatives pros and cons

Pro Con Details
Best-in-class fiber internet service Mixed availability in New Jersey and no fiber internet service in Connecticut Learn more
A larger selection of home internet and TV plans Contracts and price increases after a year Learn more
Two-year price guarantees and the excellent Hopper 3 DVR A satellite that’ll need to be installed on your home Learn more
Exclusive services like NFL SUNDAY TICKET and a free DVR Prices that nearly double after your first year Learn more
A free combo router/modem with your home internet plan Slow and high-priced DSL internet plans Learn more
Nationwide availability as a satellite internet provider Expensive and slow plans compared to Optimum Learn more
Cheap entry-level satellite internet plans Limited internet options because of a single 25 Mbps internet plan Learn more

How is Verizon different from Optimum?

We’d recommend moving onto Verizon from Optimum if you live in an area with Verizon Fios coverage.

Verizon Fios is our top home internet pick because of the service’s excellent internet speeds, low prices, and lack of hidden fees. Verizon Fios was also at the top of our internet customer satisfaction survey, while Optimum came in a distant seventh-place finish out of 10 providers. Verizon’s TV packages are also cheaper than Optimum’s plans.

Price:
$39.99–$79.99/mo.
Internet speed:
200–940 Mbps

Verizon overview

Pros

Verizon Fios has stellar download speeds of up to 940 Mbps and maximum upload speeds of 880 Mbps. Verizon Fios is also increasingly available throughout New York City and Long Island.

Cons

Verizon service’s availability is spottier outside of New York. Verizon Fios is available in certain parts of New Jersey and doesn’t operate at all in Connecticut.

If you’re an Optimum customer outside of Verizon’s Fios coverage zone, your only Verizon internet option will be Verizon’s DSL plans, which have molasses-slow 15 Mbps maximum download speeds.

Verizon availability

Optimum and Verizon Fios share most of the same coverage areas:

  • New York (Long Island, Bronx, Westchester, Brooklyn)
  • New Jersey

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How is Xfinity different from Optimum?

We’d recommend moving onto Xfinity if you need much faster internet service or cheaper TV plans.

Xfinity offers an internet plan with massive 2 Gbps download speeds for an equally sizable $299.95 per month for the first two years, while Optimum’s internet plans top out at 940 Mbps. Optimum’s TV plans also start at $74.99 per month, while Xfinity has excellent basic cable packages starting at $67.25 per month.

Price:
$20.00–$299.95/mo.
Internet speed:
25–2,000 Mbps

Xfinity overview

Pros

Xfinity has seven internet plans compared to Optimum’s four internet packages, so you have more options if you’re tied to a hard budget and know what download speed (around 100 Mbps for a small household or more than 300 Mbps for large families) your house needs.

On Xfinity, you’ll also get freebies like Peacock Premium access and an Xfinity Flex streaming device.

Cons

On most Xfinity packages, you’ll have to sign a 12-month service agreement, and you can’t break it without paying a hefty early termination fee.

Xfinity also has a 1.2 TB internet data cap that’ll be a pain to deal with if your household regularly uses up a lot of data with daily video calls and 4K TV shows or movie streaming. Optimum doesn’t have contracts or a data cap.

Xfinity availability

Maybe Xfinity likes disco fries more than going through the Lincoln Tunnel—Xfinity and Optimum’s coverage areas overlap only in New Jersey.

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How is DISH different from Optimum?

We’d recommend DISH if you’re looking for a long-term TV provider and want to save on your bill.

Compared to Optimum, DISH offers longer price guarantees (two-year ones compared to Optimum’s one-year guarantee) and better TV hardware. DISH also earned our Editor’s Choice award on our TV provider rankings thanks to its excellent channel lineups and Hopper 3 DVR.

Price:
Starting at $42.99/mo.
Channel count:
50–290+

DISH overview

Pros

DISH’s Flex Pack ($54.99/mo.) and America’s Top 120 ($64.99/mo.) packages are cheaper than Optimum’s entry-level Core TV plan ($74.99/mo.), and they still include basic cable channels including Comedy Central and TBS.

Cons

DISH requires you to install a physical satellite at your home, which can be inconvenient if you don’t want to run cables and a dish onto your roof. With Optimum’s Altice One cable box, you won’t need to deal with installations if your house already has a cable line.

DISH availability

DISH is available nationwide and covers Optimum’s entire service area:

  • New Jersey
  • New York (Long Island, Bronx, Westchester, Brooklyn)
  • Connecticut

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How is DIRECTV different from Optimum?

We’d recommend DIRECTV over Optimum if you’re willing to pay extra for sports exclusives like NFL SUNDAY TICKET. DIRECTV’s basic and mid-tier packages, which start at $64.99 per month, are also more affordable compared to Optimum’s (starting at $74.99 per month).

Price:
$64.99/mo.–$134.99/mo.
Channel count:
155–330

DIRECTV overview

Pros

On all of DIRECTV’s packages, you’ll get the Genie DVR included for free. On DIRECTV’s mid-tier CHOICE package ($69.99/mo.), you’ll also get a free year of HBO MAX™.

Cons

DIRECTV locks you into a two-year service contract and nearly doubles your bill after the first year.

DIRECTV availability

DIRECTV is available nationwide:

  • New Jersey
  • New York (Long Island, Bronx, Westchester, Brooklyn)
  • Connecticut
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How is Frontier different from Optimum?

We’d recommend Frontier if you don’t need the fastest internet plan and if you want your provider to take care of your internet equipment for you. But if you don’t fall into either of these groups, we’d suggest looking at other providers instead.

Price:
$37.99–$79.99/mo.
Internet speed:
6–940 Mbps

Frontier overview

Pros

Frontier includes a combo Wi-Fi router/modem with every home internet plan and doesn’t have hidden fees or a data cap.

Cons

Optimum customers can get only Frontier’s middling DSL internet plans, which offer slower download speeds and higher prices.

Frontier’s local internet plans include a 25 Mbps package for $37.99 per month and a 115 Mbps plan for $44.99 per month. With Optimum, you can get a 100 Mbps package for $30.00 per month or a 500 Mbps plan for $45.00 per month.

Frontier availability

Frontier operates across the country, but the only state with both Frontier and Optimum coverage is Connecticut.

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How is Viasat different from Optimum?

We’d recommend Viasat only if you’re far out in the country and can’t get regular internet service from other providers. Viasat is a satellite internet provider, so it relies on in-orbit satellites to send internet service to customers. Satellite internet has wide availability, but you’ll be paying higher prices for slower internet performance compared to cable internet.

Price:
$30–$150/mo.
Internet speed:
12–100 Mbps

Viasat overview

Pros

Viasat is a satellite internet service provider, so it’s available nationwide.

Cons

Satellite internet is slower than cable or DSL internet, and Viasat’s plans are no exception. Viasat’s 100 Mbps download plan costs $150 per month compared to Optimum’s $30 per month 100 Mbps plan.

Viasat availability

Viasat is available nationwide and overlaps with Optimum’s coverage area:

  • New Jersey
  • New York (Long Island, Bronx, Westchester, Brooklyn)
  • Connecticut

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How is HughesNet different from Optimum?

Like with Viasat, we’d recommend HughesNet only if you’re out in a rural town that isn’t serviced by any of the major providers. HughesNet is also a satellite internet provider that provides internet service using physical satellites that orbit in space. We’ve typically ranked Viasat above HughesNet because of Viasat’s faster download speeds.

Price:
$59.99–$149.99/mo.
Internet speed:
25 Mbps

HughesNet overview

Pros

HughesNet has nationwide availability, and its basic to mid-tier 25 Mbps plans ($59.99–$69.99/mo.) are affordable for a satellite internet provider. Viasat’s competing 25 Mbps and 30 Mbps plans cost $70.00 and $100.00 per month.

You can also buy HughesNet’s required home satellite for $449.99, so you don’t have to pay indefinite rental fees.

Cons

All of HughesNet’s internet plans have a 25 Mbps maximum download speed—your only option is to choose between a 10 GB, 20 GB, 30 GB, or 50 GB data cap plan. With its slow download speeds and low data caps, HughesNet won’t be a good fit if you use the internet for more than checking your email.

HughesNet availability

HughesNet is available nationwide and covers Optimum’s service area:

  • New Jersey
  • New York (Long Island, Bronx, Westchester, Brooklyn)
  • Connecticut

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Final take

Verizon Fios and DISH are our top Optimum alternatives because of Verizon’s fast internet speeds and DISH’s large cable channel packages. With either DISH or Verizon Fios, you won’t have to compromise with slow download speeds and you’ll have transparent billing that’s free of hidden fees that jack up your bill.

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Alternatives to Optimum FAQ

What is the cheapest Optimum package?

The cheapest Optimum packages are Core TV ($74.99/mo.) and Internet 100 ($30.00/mo.).

How can I get Optimum to lower my bill?

You can contact Optimum customer service at any time by calling +1-866-218-3259 to talk about your bill. Check out our bill negotiation guide for tips when you’re talking to customer service.