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Xfinity

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 $24.99 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 $24.99 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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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 $64.99 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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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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Viasat Satellite Internet

99% available in 20001
Customer Rating*
Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Fastest residential satellite internet in the U.S.
  • Quick, simple installation.
  • 3-year Price Lock Guarantee.
Price starting from $65.00 a month
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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 $29.99 a month
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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 $29.99 a month
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RCN Cable Internet

17% 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 $29.99 a month
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HughesNet

100% available in 20001
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Simple contracts and pricing
Price starting from $59.99 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. $64.99/mo. View Plans
RCN Cable 285+ 3.9 Sync recorded shows to your mobile devices. $29.99/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. $24.99/mo. 100% View Plans
Verizon Fiber 940 Mbps N/A Fios Internet provides 99.9% network reliability.‡ $39.99/mo. 100% View Plans
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 3.9 Fastest residential satellite internet in the U.S. $65.00/mo. 99% View Plans
RCN Cable 1,000 Mbps 3.9 Get the help you need with 24/7 customer support. $29.99/mo. 17% View Plans
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps Simple contracts and pricing $59.99/mo. 100% View Plans

Data effective as of 05/07/2020. 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.

Cable 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 and cable companies in Washington, DC?

  • Xfinity—X1 DVR/receiver
  • DIRECTV—NFL SUNDAY TICKET
  • DISH—Hopper 3 DVR/receiver
  • Verizon Fios—Fiber-optic TV
  • RCN—No-contract packages

What are the best internet providers in Washington, DC?

  • Xfinity—Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide
  • Verizon Fios Home Internet—Fast fiber internet
  • RCN—Eero Plus Wi-Fi security
  • Atlantic Broadband—Low-priced plans
  • Viasat—Fastest satellite internet

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 RCN (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, RCN and Atlantic Broadband are cable-delivered internet, while Viasat is satellite-delivered internet.

TV and internet deals in Washington, DC

Verizon: Free Disney+ subscription for 12 months when you sign up for any internet plan.*

*Then $6.99/mo. after.

Cable TV and internet bundles in Washington, DC

If you’re looking for both TV and internet service, bundling the two services through a single provider can save you money and the hassle of separate bills. With some providers, like Xfinity, you can also add phone and home security services.

Besides Xfinity and Verizon, RCN and Atlantic Broadband also offer TV, internet, and phone services in Washington, DC. There’s no multitasking with DIRECTV, DISH, or Viasat though.

Top TV and internet bundles in Washington, DC

  • Xfinity—High speeds, large channel counts
  • Verizon Fios—Large channel selection, fast fiber internet
  • RCN—Low-priced TV/internet bundles
  • Atlantic Broadband—Included premium channels

Sports coverage in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, is the home field for pro sports teams Washington Football Team (NFL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Nationals (MLB), Washington Capitals (NHL), DC United (MLS), and Washington Mystics (WNBA).

TV coverage for all these leagues, as well as NCAA college ball, is just a remote click away.

How to watch sports in Washington, DC

Specs and features comparison

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Sports teamChannelsPackages
Washington Football Team

  • CBS (WUSA)
  • FOX (WTTG)
  • ESPN
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET
    Xfinity Digital Preferred, $69.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
  • RCN Signature TV + Premiere Sports, $77.98/mo. for the first 12 mos.
Washington Wizards
  • NBC Sports
  • Xfinity Digital Preferred, $69.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
  • Atlantic Broadband Value Plus, $59.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
Washington Nationals
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FOX (WTTG)
  • FOX Sports 1
  • TBS
  • MLB Network
  • Xfinity Digital Preferred, $69.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
  • RCN Signature TV + Premiere Sports, $77.98/mo. for the first 12 mos.
Washington Capitals
  • NBC Sports
  • Xfinity Digital Preferred, $69.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
  • Atlantic Broadband Value Plus, $59.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
DC United
  • ESPN
  • FOX Sports 1
  • UniMás
  • Xfinity Digital Preferred, $69.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
  • >Atlantic Broadband Value Plus, $59.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
Washington Mystics
  • ABC (WJLA)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • NBA TV
  • Xfinity Digital Preferred, $69.99/mo. for the first 12 mos.
  • RCN Signature TV + Premiere Sports, $77.98/mo. for the first 12 mos.

All of the TV providers in Washington, DC, offer channels that carry local sports in at least one package. Above, we’ve bulleted the lowest-priced cable plans you can get to watch each team.

How to stream local games

There are plenty of livestreaming (internet-delivered) TV alternatives to cable and satellite: fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and others carry local and sports channels. To get around regional blackouts, try a VPN (virtual private network) service that masks your location—legally, of course.

Local channels in Washington, DC

Want to get your prime-time shows and keep up on local news and weather? Washington, DC, has affiliate stations for all the major networks, as well as minors like MyNetworkTV and ION—you’ll never want for a Law & Order or NCIS marathon.

RCN | Cabletv.com

Local channels are included with most basic TV packages. Here are three of the cheapest we’ve found in Washington, DC:

  • RCN Digital Basic: $29.99/mo. for first 12 mos.
  • Xfinity Starter: $59.99/mo. for first 12 mos.
  • Atlantic Broadband Value Plus: $59.99/mo. for first 12 mos.

How to watch local channels for free

Spoiler: Rather than paying a satellite or cable company every month to watch local channels, you can buy an OTA (over-the-air) antenna once and see them for free. An amplified, long-range antenna will get you the most local channels.

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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.