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Cable TV in Houston, TX

As a giant metropolis, Houston has access to some of the best TV and internet providers in the nation. Whether you take advantage of NFL SUNDAY TICKET with DIRECTV or go for the most channels on the market with AT&T U-verse, you’re sure to find the right TV and internet service for you.


What are the best TV and cable companies in Houston?

  • DISH — Incredible Hopper 3 DVR
  • Frontier — Large on-demand library
  • DIRECTV — Perfect for sports fans
  • AT&T — Most channels on the market
  • Spectrum — No contracts
  • Xfinity — Handy voice-controlled remote

What are the best internet providers in Houston?

  • Frontier — Wi-Fi router included in select bundles
  • AT&T — Widespread Wi-Fi hotspot network
  • CenturyLink — “Price for Life” plans
  • Spectrum — No data cap with select bundles
  • Xfinity — Included malware protection

Most Popular Channels in Houston

From sports to Spanish broadcasts, Houtonians have a wide variety of favorite channels. Here are their top twelve:

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When you call to set up your TV service, make sure your favorite channels come included with your package.

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Where to Watch Houston Sports Teams

You’ll find most of Houston’s local games on local channels. Whether you want to watch the Rockets or Astros, you can tune in to AT&T SportsNet to catch what’s going down at the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park. And if you can’t make it to the NRG Stadium (or just don’t want to get stuck finding parking), you can usually find Houston Texans games on CBS or FOX.

For Dynamo games in the BBVA Compass Stadium, go to KUBE57 for English commentary or UniMás Houston for Spanish analysis. LIFETIME and ESPNEWS spotlight NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) games on occasion, but you’ll usually find Dash games streaming on the official NWSL web page.

High school sports fans can watch the biggest local games on KUBE57.

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Local Channels in Houston

Cable television not only comes with all the best sports and entertainment but local channels as well. You may be familiar with Houston’s local channels through their network names or call signs:

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Compare Providers in Houston

At CableTV, we compare major TV and Internet Service Providers to help you decide on which is right for you. Here’s a quick look at our findings for Houston:

Xfinity vs. AT&T
Xfinity is reliable and has no-contract options, but AT&T's channel lineup can't be beat—and it has a strong customer service reputation.
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AT&T U-verse vs. DIRECTV
AT&T U-verse has shorter contract periods and more channels, but DIRECTV offers a superior DVR and premium sports programming.

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Frontier FiOS vs. Spectrum
Frontier is known for its customer service, but Spectrum offers monetary assistance to leave your current contract with another provider.
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Houston FAQs

Are there any promotions available for internet and TV providers?

To find out about current promotions, ask the sales rep when you call to sign up with a provider. Also, pay attention to TV, phone, and internet bundles because they usually come with the best discounts.

How can I watch TV without cable?

As long as you have a high-speed internet connection, you can explore streaming TV as another option. There are a lot of streaming and live-streaming services available online right now:

If you don’t have fast and reliable internet, you may want to look into over-the-air (OTA) TV. While OTA TV doesn’t offer all your cable TV favorites, it can be a good way to get locally broadcast channels.

Who has the fastest internet in Houston?
  • AT&T has download speeds up to 1000 Mbps.
  • Xfinity has download speeds up to 250 Mbps.
  • Spectrum has download speeds up to 100 Mbps.
  • CenturyLink has download speeds up to 100 Mbps.
  • Frontier has download speeds up to 24 Mbps.
What is the best internet provider in Houston?

In terms of coverage, AT&T and Xfinity have the widest networks, which means they offer services to the most people in Houston. When it comes to reliability, AT&T’s fiber-based internet is hard to beat.

And according to a survey from HighSpeedInternet.com, AT&T has the highest ranking for customer service out of the providers in Houston. If you prefer to base your choice on reputation instead of package offerings, AT&T is a good way to go.


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