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Spectrum TV Choice Review 2020: Pricing, Channels, and More

Interested in Spectrum's live TV streaming alternative to cable? We did the research so you don't have to.

Price
$24.99/mo.

(2.5 /5)

Pros

  • Cheap pricing
  • Cheap premium channels
  • Unlimited streams at home

Cons

  • Low channel count
  • Low DVR storage
  • 24-mo. contract

Data effective 4/27/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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What is Spectrum TV Choice?

Spectrum TV Choice is a live TV streaming service available only to Spectrum internet customers. 

It offers a trimmed-down channel lineup (10 cable channels of your choice plus local channels) and a lower monthly price ($24.99 per month) than traditional cable TV plans.

Bottom line: Is Spectrum TV Choice good?

Spectrum TV Choice can be a good choice (see what we did there?) if you’re a Spectrum internet customer and you don’t mind a two-year contract.

At $24.99 per month, Spectrum TV Choice is cheaper than any basic cable package out there. 

It also has more popular cable channels to choose from than basic cable, including the best premium channel add-on out there (Spectrum Premium Pack), which gives you HBO®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, STARZ ENCORE, and THE MOVIE CHANNEL for just $15 per month.

But depending on the channel list you want, another cheap live TV streaming service like Philo ($20 per month; no contract) or AT&T WatchTV ($15 per month; no contract) might work better for you.

We should also say that extra features like DVR storage, HD channels, and on-demand shows and movies aren’t Spectrum TV Choice’s strong suit, either. 

We recommend YouTube TV ($49.99 per month) or a traditional cable package from Spectrum (starting at $49.99 per month) if you gotta have them extras.

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Spectrum TV Choice free trials and deals

Currently, Spectrum is offering a free seven-day trial of Spectrum TV Choice for Spectrum internet customers.

As mentioned above, if you want a sweet deal on premium channels, Spectrum is offering the Spectrum Premium Pack, which includes HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, and THE MOVIE CHANNEL (TMC) for a mere $15 per month. Good luck finding that deal anywhere else.

Spectrum streaming and cable TV plans and pricing

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PriceLive channelsCloud DVR

Spectrum TV Choice
View Plans
$24.99/mo.~10–40 (depending on location)~50 SD hrs. or up to 50 shows
($4.99/mo.)
🏆 Best Plan
Spectrum Select
View Plans
$49.99/mo.*125+21 HD hrs.
($11.99/mo.)

Spectrum Silver
View Plans
$69.99/mo.*175+21 HD hrs.
($11.99/mo.)

Spectrum Gold
View Plans
$89.99/mo.*200+21 HD hrs.
($11.99/mo.)

Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*For the first 12 months when bundling.

As you can see, Spectrum TV Choice is about half the price of Spectrum Select—the company’s cheapest cable TV plan—and will save you money on DVR monthly fees as well.

But by going with Spectrum TV Choice, you’ll get only about a third of the channels and a lot less DVR storage. 

So, if channel surfing and binge-watching are your bag, you may want to try a standard Spectrum TV package instead of Spectrum TV Choice.

Spectrum TV Choice vs. the competition

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PriceCustomer ratingLive channelsStreamsCloud DVR storageCompatible devices
Good for Premium Channels
Spectrum TV Choice
View Plans
$24.99/mo.N/A~10–40 (depending on location)Unlimited at home; 2 on the goUp to 50 shows for 90 days10+
🏆 Best Overall
Hulu Live
View Plans
$54.99–$60.99/mo.4.3455+250 hrs.20+
Best for Sports
Sling TV
View Plans
$30–$45/mo.4.0750+1–450 hrs. for $5/mo.20+
Cheapest
Philo
View Plans
$20/mo.N/A55+3Unlimited for 30 days10+

Compared to the heavyweights of live TV streaming, Spectrum TV Choice isn’t our top pick.

Hulu Live has more live channels, more on-demand shows and movies, and a way better cloud DVR than Spectrum TV Choice.

Sling TV Orange + Blue with the Sports Extras add-on is fantastic for live sports—you can get way more cable sports networks and major league sports networks than with Spectrum TV Choice for just $60 per month.

Philo is the cheapest live TV streaming service (assuming AT&T follows through with phasing out AT&T WatchTV). It’s $5 cheaper per month than Spectrum TV Choice and has a good mix of lifestyle and entertainment channels. 

The competition is stiff. So why would anyone choose Spectrum TV Choice? Glad you asked because we think there are at least a couple good reasons.

The biggest upside to Spectrum TV Choice is its Spectrum Premium Pack, which you can add to your package for $15 per month. It’s by far the cheapest way to get HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ with a live TV streaming package.

And then there are the local channels. Although Spectrum doesn’t tell you up front which local channels come with Spectrum TV Choice, you’ll get more than you would with cheap livestreaming TV options like Philo that don’t offer them at all.

Spectrum TV Choice live channels

Listen up because this is super important: Spectrum TV Choice lets you choose only 10 cable channels out of the 65 Spectrum currently offers. 

So, choose wisely.

Jump to channels: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W

Live sports | Local channels | Premium channels 

Spectrum TV Choice full channel lineup

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ChannelSpectrum TV ChoiceHulu + Live TVSling TVPhilo
A

A&E
ABC
ACC Network
Adult Swim
AMC
Animal Planet
B

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
Bloomberg TV
Boomerang
Bravo
Big Ten Network
C

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Cartoon Network
CBS
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar News
CINEMAX
CMT
CNBC
CNN
Comedy Central
COMET
Cooking Channel
COZI TV
CW
D

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Destination America
Discovery
Discovery Family
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
E

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
E!
El Rey
EPIX
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNEWS
ESPNU
F

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Food Network
FOX
Fox Business Network
FOX News
FOX Soccer Plus
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
Freeform
Fuse
Fusion
FX
FMX
FXX
fyi
G

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Galavisión
Golf Channel
H

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HBO
HGTV
HISTORY
HLN
I

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
IFC
Investigation Discovery
ION
L

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
M

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
MLB Network
MOTOR TREND
MSNBC
MTV
MTV Classic
MTV2
N

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
NBA TV
NBC
NBC Sports Network
NBC Universo
NFL Network
NFL RedZone
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon / Nick at Nite
O

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Olympic Channel
OWN
Oxygen
P

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Pac 12 Network
Paramount Network
PBS
Pop
S

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Science
SEC Network
SHOWTIME
Smithsonian Channel
Sportsman Channel
Stadium
STARZ
SundanceTV
Syfy
T

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
TBS
TMC
TeenNick
Telemundo
TLC
Tennis Channel
TNT
Travel Channel
truTV
TV Land
U

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
Universal Kids
Univision
USA Network
V

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
VH1
VICELAND
W

SpectrumHulu LiveSling TVPhilo
WE tv
Weather Channel

Again, the bad news is that you get only 10 cable networks with your Spectrum TV Choice package.

The good news is that Spectrum stacked your options so you get to choose from the most popular cable channels out there like ESPN, Disney Channel, and MSNBC. 

And if the full range of local channels are available in your area, you’ll probably get upwards of 40 channels total.

Not too bad for $24.99 per month, eh? 

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Spectrum TV Choice sports channels

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ChannelSpectrum TV ChoiceHulu + Live TVSling TVPhilo
ACC Network
Big Ten Network
CBS Sports Network
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNEWS
ESPNU
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
Golf Channel
MLB Network
MLB Bases Loaded
NBA TV
NBC Sports Network
NFL Network
NFL RedZone
NHL Network
Olympic Channel
Outdoor TV
Pac 12 Network
SEC Network
Sportsman Channel
Stadium
Tennis Channel

Straight talk: Spectrum TV Choice isn’t for the hardcore sports fans out there. If you need to watch all the games, DIRECTV is probably your best bet. 

But if you just need your SportsCenter fix and a few other heavy hitters, Spectrum TV Choice might be for you. You could snag ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports, NBC Sports Network, and NFL Network (and local affiliate networks) for $24.99 per month—not too shabby.

Still, if sports are your thing, we recommend going with DIRECTV. Or, if you’re dead set on cutting the cord, the Sling TV Orange + Blue package is a great for sports.

Editor’s recommended sports package

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FOX Sports
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • truTV
  • +2 cable channels of your choice

Spectrum TV Choice local channels

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ChannelsSpectrum TV ChoiceHulu + Live TVSling TVPhilo
ABC
CBS
CW
FOX
NBC
PBS

Local channels are a little trickier to figure out with Spectrum TV Choice because what you end up with depends on your location. Most likely, you’ll get ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. 

You might even get PBS or The CW (iZombie live—er, undead—premiers anyone?). 

To see what local channels you can get, follow these two easy steps:

  1. Make sure Spectrum TV Choice is available in your area.
  2. Check Spectrum TV Choice’s list of available networks.

Pro tip: It might sound old fashioned, but a TV antenna may be your best bet to get local channels. These days, a reliable over-the-air antenna won’t take up much space in your house and should cost you less than $50.

Spectrum TV Choice premium channels

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ChannelsSpectrum TV ChoiceHulu + Live TVSling TVPhilo
CINEMAX
EPIX
HBO
SHOWTIME
STARZ

Here us out. Okay, yeah, Spectrum TV Choice doesn’t give you a ton of premium channels to choose from.

But it does give you HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, and THE MOVIE CHANNEL (TMC) for the best price we’ve seen anywhere ($15 per month for all). For context, subscribing to HBO NOW and SHOWTIME will usually cost you at least $25 per month anywhere else. 

Out the door, you’d pay $40 per month for 10 of your favorite cable channels, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, TMC, and local channels. It’s not a bad deal.

If you’re into premium channels and you live in a Spectrum service area, we highly recommend Spectrum TV Choice.

Shows and movies on Spectrum TV Choice

Spectrum on-demand shows and movies

Spectrum advertises that it gives customers access to thousands of on-demand shows and movies.

But here’s the rub: free on-demand shows and movies are limited to the 10 cable channels you choose as a part of your package and the available local channels in your area.

So, if you include Comedy Central in your Spectrum TV Choice package, you’ll have on-demand access to shows like Drunk History starting the day after they air. But if you don’t pick Freeform, you won’t be able to catch any 25 Days of Christmas flicks on demand (yes, even Grinches like us enjoy a cozy Xmas movie now and then).

TBH, if you’re looking for the perfect mix of live TV and on-demand binge-watching, we recommend Hulu Live, not Spectrum TV Choice. You’ll get way more live channels and have access to a larger library of on-demand content.

Spectrum original shows

Say what? Spectrum has original TV shows? Yep, that’s right, the cable TV giant has recently crossed over into Netflix territory.

Of course, Spectrum Originals can’t hold a candle to Netflix Originals. 

Not only that, but Spectrum Originals are restricted to Spectrum service areas. So, unless you’re a diehard Mad About You fan and you live in a Spectrum service area (to paraphrase Paul, “The truth is, Spectrum was just looking for you”), you probably won’t be all that thrilled by Spectrum Originals.

Spectrum Originals

  • Mad About You (reboot)
  • Paradise Lost
  • Manhunt: Deadly Games
  • Temple
  • Todo por el juego (Side Games)
  • Curfew
  • L.A.’s Finest

Combine Spectrum TV Choice with another streaming service

Check out how to supplement your Spectrum TV Choice livestreaming package with even more great shows and movies.

Netflix

Starts at $8.99/mo.

Netflix keeps things cheap while amping up your on-demand and original shows and movies. 

Hulu / Disney+ / ESPN+

$12.99/mo.

Add a little bit of everything for the entire family with this affordable bundle.

Philo

$20/mo

Don’t force yourself to cut out all those great lifestyle channels—Philo will have you covered.

Spectrum TV Choice specs and features

Sure, you’ll finally be able to throw out ye ole cable box, but, unfortunately, you won’t get much DVR storage or any HD channels in return.

Spectrum TV Choice cloud DVR vs. the competition

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PriceStorageUpgrades
Spectrum TV Choice$4.99/mo.Up to 50 shows for 90 days
Hulu + Live TVIncluded50 hrs.200 hrs. for $9.99/mo.
Sling TV$5/mo.50 hrs.
PhiloIncludedUnlimited for 30 days

What can we say? Spectrum’s cloud DVR sucks. From what we can gather, “50 shows” means 50 episodes. If you’re an episode hoarder, paying $4.99 per month to store a paltry 50 episodes sounds like a nightmare.

And remember, free on-demand shows and movies are restricted to your 10 cable channels and local affiliate channels like NBC and ABC. That means you won’t be able to supplement Spectrum’s low cloud DVR storage limits with loads of free on-demand content.

If recording shows to watch on your own time is your thing, we recommend getting YouTube TV, which boasts an included cloud DVR with unlimited storage.

Spectrum TV Choice streams vs. the competition

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Included streamsUpgrades
Spectrum TV Choice
Unlimited at home; 2 on the go
Hulu + Live TV2Unlimited for $9.99/mo.
Sling TV1–4
Philo3

Spectrum TV Choice has one feature we can get behind: unlimited streams. Okay, so you have to be on your home Wi-Fi to go unlimited, but that’s still heads and tails above the one to four simultaneous streams offered by other live TV streaming services.

If you have a large household that uses a lot of different devices at the same time, Spectrum TV Choice might be your stream dream come true.

Spectrum TV Choice supported devices vs. the competition

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Streaming deviceSpectrum TV ChoiceHulu + Live TVSling TVPhilo
AirTV Player
Amazon Fire Cube
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon Kindle Fire
Android phones and tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast
Echo Show
iPhone and iPad
LG TVs
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD
PC and Mac Web browsers
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Roku
Roku Express
Samsung TVs
Wii
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Xfinity Flex

So, Spectrum offers unlimited streams but an extremely limited list of compatible streaming devices—whoops, Spectrum, you did it again, you played with our hearts.

If you’re an Android aficionado, however, you’re in luck because you’ll be able to watch on any of your devices. 

Sorry all you Amazon fans (or as I like to call them, Bezos Buffs), but it looks like only the Amazon app and the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet work with Spectrum TV Choice. 

True TV fans, like us here at CableTV.com, will be glad to know that the incomparable Apple TV 4K works with Spectrum TV Choice.

Spectrum TV Choice video and audio quality

The first thing you need to know is that you stream Spectrum TV Choice on the Spectrum TV app (trust us, this becomes important later on).

We won’t sugar coat it: a lot of Spectrum customers have complained about their video resolution while using the Spectrum TV app. The reason? Spectrum offers HD channels only if you rent their cable box with their traditional cable TV packages.

So, shows, games, and movies won’t be as crisp as you might like if you go with Spectrum TV Choice—even if you have super fast internet.

Likewise, audiophiles, you’ll be disappointed to know that the Spectrum TV app won’t work with your surround sound system.

At least there’s one bright spot, though: the app’s channel guide. Because it’s laid out like a traditional cable channel guide, you don’t have to be a tech bro to figure it out. 

But if a better viewing (and listening) experience is your top priority, we’d go with YouTube TV over Spectrum TV Choice. It has live HD channels, 4K YouTube videos, and cool, niche music streams.

Final take: Is Spectrum TV Choice worth it?

We think Spectrum TV Choice might be worth it for some folks, especially if you wanna get premium channels like HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ on the cheap. 

If that’s not you, you’ve still got options. In 2020, we ranked Hulu Live Best Overall for live TV streaming. It’s got an excellent selection of live TV channels and killer on-demand shows and movies.

Spectrum TV Choice FAQ

What channels are included in Spectrum TV Choice?

Spectrum TV Choice includes 10 cable channels plus local channels available in your area. You choose your 10 cable channels from 65 popular networks.

Does Spectrum TV Choice have on demand?

Yes, Spectrum TV Choice has on-demand shows and movies. You can watch any of the 10 cable channels and available local channels included with your package on demand.

How much is Spectrum basic cable a month?

Spectrum TV Choice costs $24.99 per month. Even though it’s a live TV streaming package, it’s the closest thing Spectrum offers to traditional basic cable

How do I get Spectrum TV Choice?

You can get Spectrum TV Choice by signing up online.

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