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Cox Alternatives

Here’s what you need to know if you’re a Cox Communications TV or internet customer who’s ready to move on.

If you’re currently a Cox Communications customer looking for an alternative service provider, we’ve got you covered. Xfinity offers the best mix of TV and internet services, but we’ve laid out all the alternatives to Cox below, including what perks and frustrations you can expect from each.

Cox alternatives pros and cons

Pro Con
Great internet and TV hardware selection Inconvenient price increases after your contract ends Learn more
Great customer service Limited availability in the southeastern US Learn more
Cheaper plans than Cox Automatic price hikes for AT&T TV’s second year Learn more
One of the best DVRs available, the Hopper 3 A satellite that must be physically installed at your house Learn more
Exclusive services like NFL SUNDAY TICKET Picture quality that can be affected by bad weather Learn more
Strong programming and bundles Inconvenient price increases after your contract Learn more
Reasonable prices for internet and TV service Poor customer satisfaction ratings in CableTV.com’s surveys Learn more
Excellent download and upload speeds for fiber internet customers Poor upload and download speeds for non-fiber internet customers Learn more
No contracts or scheduled price increases Inconsistent internet options depending on your address Learn more

How is Xfinity different from Cox?

We’d recommend moving onto Xfinity if you’re unsatisfied with Cox’s internet service and performance.

Xfinity offers a more advanced DVR system and significantly faster internet speeds than Cox (up to 2 Gbps in some areas). Xfinity’s fast internet plans and low starting prices helped the provider earn the Fastest Provider award on our best internet provider rankings.

In our internet customer satisfaction survey, Xfinity also beat Cox in overall customer satisfaction and internet performance.

Price:
$19.99–$299.95
Channels:
10–260+
Internet speed:
25–2,000 Mbps

Xfinity overview

Pros

Xfinity has robust on-demand offerings and plenty of sports channels and pay-per-view options, all at a decent monthly rate. Along with hardware like cable modems and streaming devices, the cable company offers bundles for TV, internet, and voice products to help save you money.

Cons

Xfinity provides a somewhat flexible contract system, with some packages allowing a choice of no contract or a two-year contract with a $10 per month savings. But once you reach the end of an Xfinity contract, prepare for a price hike or get ready to negotiate with Xfinity for a lower bill.

Xfinity availability

Cox and Xfinity share several coverage areas:

  • Arizona
  • Virginia
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Rhode Island

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How is Spectrum different from Cox?

We’d recommend moving on to Spectrum if you’re interested in bundling premium cable channels along with other services.

Spectrum and Cox are fairly similar in that they’re both cable internet providers. Spectrum actually offers fewer channels than Cox, while prices are about the same. But Spectrum’s TV bundle offerings, which include premium cable services like HBO Max, helped the provider earn a spot on our best TV provider guide.

Price:
$44.99–$139.98/mo.
Channels:
125–200+
Internet speed:
100 Mbps–940 Mbps

Spectrum overview

Pros

Spectrum offers over 200 channels and reasonably priced bundles that include internet, TV, cloud DVR, and phone service. Spectrum also earned strong marks in our TV customer satisfaction survey.

Cons

Spectrum doesn’t have the biggest footprint In the southeastern United States, so subscribers in that area must look elsewhere for an alternative to Cox.

Spectrum availability

Spectrum and Cox primarily overlap in five states:

  • Virginia
  • Florida
  • Ohio
  • Nebraska
  • California

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How is AT&T different from Cox?

We’d recommend moving on to AT&T if you’re interested in gigabit speeds, live in an area that gets AT&T’s gigabit internet plan, and can use a streaming service for your live TV.

AT&T has AT&T TV, a live TV streaming service that uses the internet and doesn’t require a cable TV connection like Cox. AT&T also has one of the cheapest internet plans with gigabit speeds, which helped the provider earn a spot on our best internet providers guide.

Price:
$35.00–$119.97
Channels:
65–125+
Internet speed:
100–940 Mbps

AT&T overview

Pros

AT&T’s internet prices are much cheaper than Cox.

Cons

If you’re in an area that still relies on AT&T DSL, expect middling download speeds. Also, despite being a streaming service like Hulu or YouTube TV, AT&T TV has cable TV-like price hikes.

AT&T availability

AT&T TV and Cox overlap in every Cox state:

  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia

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How is DISH different from Cox?

Consider moving to DISH if you’re interested in benefits like DISH’s two-year price guarantees.

DISH earned our Editor’s Choice spot as the best TV provider thanks to its mix of excellent hardware, free installation costs, and parental controls. Since it’s a satellite service, DISH is also available almost anywhere in the country.

Price:
$42.99–$99.99/mo.
Channels:
50–290+
Internet speed:
N/A

DISH overview

Pros

DISH offers a variety of packages to fit any budget. The provider’s entry-level package offers over 190 channels. Furthermore, the DISH Hopper 3 is one of the best DVRs on the market, and it offers a ton of features to make your viewing experience better.

Cons

Satellite television requires a satellite dish, and some homeowners associations and apartment complexes might not let you install a unit. Satellite TV picture quality can also be affected by storms.

DISH availability

Since it’s based on satellite technology, DISH is available almost anywhere in the US. In fact, we’d be surprised if you didn’t have DISH service available where you live.

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How is DIRECTV different from Cox?

DISH earned a spot on our best TV provider rankings thanks to exclusive sports packages like NFL SUNDAY TICKET. Consider moving on to DIRECTV if you want better sports coverage or if you want to bundle services with AT&T.

Since DIRECTV is a satellite service, it’s available nationwide. That means you can keep the same service when moving without needing to worry about hunting for a new provider and learning how to use a new DVR.

Price:
$64.99–$134.99/mo.
Channels:
155–330+
Internet speed:
N/A

DIRECTV overview

Pros

DIRECTV offers a good number of channels (330+) and reasonable prices that start at $64.99 per month. The Genie DVR is also great, with plenty of space for recordings and enhanced sports features. And DIRECTV has exclusive sports programming like NFL SUNDAY TICKET.

Cons

Since DIRECTV is a satellite provider, it also suffers from potential weather interference. DIRECTV also lacks a little in channel count compared to Cox, and it has an expensive second-year price increase.

DIRECTV availability

DIRECTV is available nationwide. As long as you have a clear view of the sky, you should be able to pick up a DIRECTV signal.

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How is Mediacom different from Cox?

With its affordable internet and TV plans, Mediacom might work as a Cox alternative if your key concern is a lower monthly bill.

Mediacom offers fewer channels than Cox, but makes up for it with a better TiVo DVR system. TiVo a great DVR in its own right not only for storing your favorite TV shows, but also because it works with nearly any basic cable provider.

Price:
$49.99–$79.99/mo.
Channels:
N/A
Internet speed:
60–1,000 Mbps

Mediacom overview

Pros

Mediacom offers fast internet speeds, a great DVR, and reasonable pricing.

Cons

Mediacom offers a relatively low channel count. The provider also earned low marks in our TV customer satisfaction and internet customer satisfaction surveys.

Mediacom availability

If Mediacom sounds appealing, you’ll find overlap with Cox in several states:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • California
  • Virginia
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana

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How is RCN different from Cox?

Thanks to its excellent prices, RCN was the only provider to land on both our best TV provider and best internet provider rankings. We’d recommend RCN if you’re fortunate enough to live in a city with RCN coverage.

RCN offers fiber internet in some of its coverage areas, so you’ll get faster and more reliable internet compared to Cox’s cable internet plans. In areas where RCN uses cable, the two providers should be pretty similar in terms of reliability.

Price:
$19.99–$59.99/mo.
Channels:
N/A
Internet speed:
10–940 Mbps

RCN overview

Pros

RCN customers benefit from excellent prices and fast fiber speeds in some service areas.

Cons

RCN has extremely limited availability, so you’re out of luck if you don’t live in a city with RCN service.

RCN availability

The best areas to find RCN as a Cox alternative are in Virginia and Boston.

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How is Frontier different from Cox?

We’d recommend Frontier as a Cox alternative if you’re in an area that gets Frontier fiber service.

Frontier offers fiber-optic service in a lot of areas, so customers benefit from faster internet speeds and a clearer TV picture in areas where fiber is available. Frontier placed fourth in our internet customer satisfaction survey thanks to its low prices and overall value.

Price:
$37.99–$79.99/mo.
Channels:
125–360+
Internet speed:
6–940 Mbps

Frontier overview

Pros

Frontier customers in areas with fiber networks get fast download and upload speeds at affordable prices.

Cons

In non-fiber areas, Frontier offers only DSL internet that’s extremely slow and a poor value compared to cable internet like Cox’s.

Frontier availability

Frontier shares coverage areas with Cox in several states around the country:

  • Connecticut
  • California
  • Rhode Island
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Nevada

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How is CenturyLink different from Cox?

We’d recommend moving on to CenturyLink if you want a bill with no surprise price hikes, and if you live in an area with fast CenturyLink internet plans.

CenturyLink offers only internet service, so you’ll need to look for another streaming, cable, or satellite alternative if you want to replace your Cox TV service.

Price:
$49–$85/mo.
Channels:
N/A
Internet speed:
15–940 Mbps

CenturyLink overview

Pros

CenturyLink has no contracts and doesn’t have scheduled price increases on its plans.

Cons

The biggest issue with CenturyLink is that internet speeds vary widely from location to location. Some areas might get only 15 Mbps, while others might get 1 Gig. This unpredictability helped CenturyLink earn lackluster marks in our customer satisfaction survey.

CenturyLink availability

CenturyLink internet service overlaps with Cox in a number of states:

  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Nevada
  • Arizona

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Final take

Xfinity is our top Cox alternative because its internet and TV packages offer excellent value. You’ll get strong hardware like the Xfinity X1 DVR and internet plans that match any budget or performance requirements.

When you’re evaluating Cox cable TV and internet alternatives, it’s important to think about what you want out of your provider. Do you want a lot of channels? The ability to record multiple shows at once? Fast internet speeds? Or a price that doesn’t break the bank?

Knowing exactly what you want and what’s available will help you choose a provider with the features most important to you.

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