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TV packages in Washington, District of Columbia

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DISH TV

Customer Rating
290+ Channels
  • Enjoy a 2-year price guarantee.
  • Watch hundreds of HD channels.
  • Access the most powerful Home DVR, the Hopper 3.
Price starting from $64.99 a month

Customer Rating for DISH

Installation - 4.19/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.07/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.11/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.69/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.91/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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DIRECTV

Customer Rating
330+ Channels
  • See out-of-market games on NFL SUNDAY TICKET.
  • Watch 1,000s of titles On Demand.
  • Save money by bundling with select AT&T wireless plans.
Price starting from $74.99 a month

Customer Rating for DIRECTV

Installation - 4.21/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.25/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 3.92/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.41/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.8/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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Astound Broadband powered by RCN Cable

Customer Rating
285+ Channels
  • Sync recorded shows to your mobile devices.
  • Watch TV in every room with a TiVo DVR system.
  • Get 1,000s of shows On Demand.
Price starting from $83.80 a month

Internet plans in Washington, District of Columbia

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Xfinity

100% available in 20001
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Get reliable internet at a great value.
  • Save up to $400/yr. bundling internet and mobile
  • Get the most out of your Internet with the Xfinity app, included in your service.
Price starting from $19.99 a month

Customer Rating for Xfinity

Installation - 4.18/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.15/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.14/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.21/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.64/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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Xfinity Internet from Comcast

100% available in 20001
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Access millions of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the US.
  • Optimize your home network with xFi.
  • Easily monitor who's using your internet.
Price starting from $19.99 a month

Customer Rating for Xfinity

Installation - 4.18/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.15/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.14/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.21/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.64/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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Verizon

100% available in 20001
Download Speeds up to
940 Mbps
Upload Speeds up to
880 Mbps
  • Fios Internet provides 99.9% network reliability.‡
  • Fast upload and download speeds.
  • Order online and get your standard setup charge waived — a $99 value.
Price starting from $39.99 a month

Customer Rating for Verizon

Installation - 4.3/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.25/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.25/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.35/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.94/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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HughesNet

100% available in 20001
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Cheapest residential satellite in the US
  • $10 off for 1st 6 mos.
  • Transparent contracts
Price starting from $64.99 a month
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Astound Broadband powered by RCN Internet

100% available in 20001
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Get the help you need with 24/7 customer support.
  • Protect your network with McAfee® Security Suite.
  • Enjoy speeds fast enough for home networking.
Price starting from $19.99 a month
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Viasat Satellite Internet

100% available in 20001
Customer Rating*
Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Quick, simple installation.
Price starting from $84.99 a month
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Ultra Home Internet

100% available in 20001
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 182 Mbps
  • Wide availability in rural areas
  • Runs on the T-Mobile 5G Network
  • No long-term contracts. Change your plan at any time.
Price starting from $54.99 a month

TV and internet packages in Washington, District of Columbia

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Astound Broadband powered by RCN Cable TV & Internet

Customer Rating
285+ Channels
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Sync recorded shows to your mobile devices.
  • Get 1,000s of shows On Demand.
  • Get the help you need with 24/7 customer support.
Price starting from $29.64 a month

TV Providers in Washington, DC

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Provider Service Type Channel Count Customer Rating
(out of 5)
Features Prices Starting At*
DISH Satellite 290+ 3.8 Enjoy a 2-year price guarantee. $64.99/mo. View Plans
DIRECTV Satellite 330+ 3.7 See out-of-market games on NFL SUNDAY TICKET. $74.99/mo. View Plans
Astound Broadband powered by RCN Cable 285+ 3.9 Sync recorded shows to your mobile devices. $83.80/mo. View Plans

Internet Providers in Washington, DC

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Provider Service Type Max Download Speeds up to Customer Rating
(out of 5)
Features Prices Starting At* Area Availability*
Xfinity Cable 1,000 Mbps 3.5 Access millions of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the US. $19.99/mo. 100% View Plans
Verizon Fiber 940 Mbps N/A Fios Internet provides 99.9% network reliability.‡ $39.99/mo. 100% View Plans
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 3.9 Cheapest residential satellite in the US $64.99/mo. 100% View Plans
Astound Broadband powered by RCN Cable 1,000 Mbps 3.9 Get the help you need with 24/7 customer support. $19.99/mo. 100% View Plans
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 3.9 Quick, simple installation. $84.99/mo. 100% View Plans
Ultra Cable 182 Mbps Wide availability in rural areas $54.99/mo. 100% View Plans

Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. ‡ w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip. Charges. § For 24 mos. New customers only. All offers require 2-year commitment with early termination fee and eAutopay. Price includes Hopper Duo for qualifying customers.

TV and internet in Washington, DC

The capital city of the United States isn’t lacking for political discourse—or cable and internet providers. Washington, DC, is home to several major telecom companies, as well as a handful of independents. Securing a connection in DC is easier than passing legislation, for sure.

What are the best TV providers in Washington, DC?

What are the best internet providers in Washington, DC?

The Big Three of TV providers—Xfinity, DIRECTV, and DISH—cover the majority of Washington, DC, via cable and satellite. Verizon Fios (fiber-optic TV) and Astound (cable) each have a slightly smaller area footprint, but they still offer competitive TV service.

Xfinity and Verizon also come out on top for DC internet coverage and speed, but, while all of Xfinity’s internet connections are cable, not all of Verizon’s are fiber. In some parts of Washington, DC, Verizon offers only DSL internet service, so be sure to ask if you’re getting fiber or DSL.

FYI: Fiber and cable are the fastest internet connections available, followed by DSL (which uses telephone lines) and satellite (which uses a dish that can’t be shared with satellite TV). Like Xfinity, Astound, and Atlantic Broadband are cable-delivered internet, while Viasat is satellite-delivered internet.

Washington FAQs

How can I watch TV without cable?

If you don’t want to pay for cable, you can watch TV the old-fashioned way with an antenna or through new-fangled streaming via the internet.

On-demand streaming (like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video) and livestreaming (like Sling TV or YouTube TV) require an internet connection of at least 5 Mbps, though we recommend 25 Mbps to get the best picture without buffering.

Is fiber internet available in Washington, DC?

In the Washington, DC area, the only residential fiber-optic internet provider is Verizon Fios Home Internet. Cable-based providers Xfinity and RCN can match Verizon’s fiber internet download rates but not its upload speeds. Fiber offers equal download and upload speeds; cable upload speed is typically a fraction of its download speed.

What is the best internet provider in Washington, DC?

In terms of internet speeds and availability, Xfinity, Verizon Fios, and RCN are the top three providers for the Washington, DC area. They’re close in pricing, and all offer bundles with TV and phone service (if you need those too).

We’d recommend Viasat only if absolutely nothing else is available. Satellite internet—which also includes Viasat’s lone competitor, HughesNet—is as expensive as it is slow and unreliable.

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RCN Payment Center
5756 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
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RCN Payment Center
3734 10th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

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