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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.

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.

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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DIRECTV + AT&T Internet

Customer Rating
330+ Channels
Speeds up to 20 Mbps
  • See out-of-market games on NFL SUNDAY TICKET.
  • Access AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots across the US.
  • Watch 1,000s of titles On Demand.

Customer Rating for DIRECTV + AT&T Internet

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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AT&T Internet + TV

Customer Rating
550+ Channels
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Get dependable, 100% digital TV.
  • Record 4 shows at once on one Total Home DVR®.
  • Access AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots across the US.

Customer Rating for AT&T

Installation - 4.26/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.25/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.03/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.67/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.84/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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AT&T TV

Customer Rating
550+ Channels
  • Get dependable, 100% digital TV.
  • Record 4 shows at once on one Total Home DVR.
  • Manage your DVR from any room in the house.

Customer Rating for AT&T

Installation - 4.26/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.25/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.03/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.67/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.84/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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AT&T Internet

100% available in 60290
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Get help anytime with 24/7 customer service.
  • Access AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots across the US.
  • Enjoy reliable wireless home networking.

Customer Rating for AT&T

Installation - 4.26/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.25/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.03/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.67/5

Ratings reflect customer satisfaction with cost and monthly fees.

Service - 3.84/5

Customer satisfaction with quality of customer service and technical support.

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Spectrum Cable

Customer Rating
200+ Channels
  • Enjoy FREE HD.
  • Watch 10,000+ On Demand Choices.
  • Get FREE Primetime On Demand.

Customer Rating for Spectrum

Installation - 4.15/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.07/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.01/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.28/5

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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Spectrum Cable TV & Internet

Customer Rating
200+ Channels
Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Enjoy FREE HD.
  • Get FREE Primetime On Demand.
  • Enjoy the freedom of no data cap.

Customer Rating for Spectrum

Installation - 4.15/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.07/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.01/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.28/5

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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Spectrum Cable Internet

100% available in 60290
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Get a high-performance modem included.
  • Enjoy the freedom of no data cap.
  • Protect your network with Spectrum Security Suite.

Customer Rating for Spectrum

Installation - 4.15/5

Customer satisfaction with installation fees and scheduling.

Channels - 4.07/5

How satisfied customers are with channel selection and packaging value.

Reliability - 4.01/5

Customer satisfaction with the reliability of the TV signal.

Price - 3.28/5

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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Xfinity TV from Comcast

Customer Rating
260+ Channels
  • Find shows fast with the X1 Voice Remote.
  • Easily switch between TV and Netflix.
  • Access your entire DVR library via the cloud.

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 Cable TV & Internet from Comcast

Customer Rating
260+ Channels
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Easily switch between TV and Netflix.
  • Access millions of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the US.
  • Easily monitor who's using your internet.

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 60290
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.

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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Viasat Satellite Internet

99% available in 60290
Customer Rating*
Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Fastest residential satellite internet in the U.S.
  • Quick, simple installation.
  • 3-year Price Lock Guarantee.
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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.
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WOW! TV

Customer Rating
75+ Channels
  • Thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows.
  • Record up to 6 HD shows at once.
  • Month-to-month plans available
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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.
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RCN Cable Internet

55% available in 60290
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.
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WOW! TV + Internet

Customer Rating
75+ Channels
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows.
  • Record up to 6 HD shows at once.
  • Month-to-month plans available.
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WOW! Internet

81% available in 60290
Customer Rating
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • No data caps.
  • 2-year price assurance.
  • Next-day installation.

Cable TV and internet in Chicago, IL

Being the third-largest metropolis in the US, Chicago offers more choices in local TV and internet service than most other cities, from both big brands and smaller regional providers. Finding a good deal in the Windy City should be as easy as stumbling into a pro game (Chicago is a serious sports town).

What are the best TV providers in Chicago?

  • DIRECTV: NFL SUNDAY TICKET
  • DISH: Powerful Hopper 3 DVR
  • Xfinity: X1 receiver/DVR with built-in apps
  • RCN: No-contract packages
  • WOW: Low-priced plans

What are the best internet providers in Chicago?

  • AT&T Fiber: Fast fiber internet
  • Xfinity: Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide
  • RCN: Eero Plus Wi-Fi security
  • WOW: No data caps

Fiber is king when it comes to internet service; it’s the fastest and most stable connection available in 2019. Only AT&T Fiber offers it in Chicago, with nearly 100% coverage in the city—if you want fiber, it won’t be hard to get.

Cable internet comes in as a close second to fiber, and Chicago has three providers that offer it: giant Xfinity (99% coverage) and smaller companies like RCN (22%) and WOW (16%). HughesNet and Viasat satellite internet are also available, but with all of the other internet choices in Chicago, we can’t recommend them. Satellite internet is slow, expensive, and best avoided if possible.

TV choices are even better in Chicago, with six providers that can hook you up: DIRECTV, DISH, Xfinity, RCN, and WOW. DIRECTV and DISH are satellite TV services; Xfinity, RCN, and WOW are cable; and AT&T TV is basically a streaming TV service.

All six of these companies feature similar packages loaded with popular channels across different pay tiers. But DIRECTV has the edge in sports (only DIRECTV carries NFL SUNDAY TICKET—a must-have for most football fans). Also, of the six, RCN and WOW have more limited availability in Chicago than the bigger TV players on the list.

TV and internet deals in Chicago

DIRECTV: NFL SUNDAY TICKET included for one year when you sign up for Choice plan or higher; $250 Visa reward card for new subscribers.

DISH: NFL RedZone and NFL Network included when you sign up for America’s Top 120+ plan or higher.

Cable and internet bundles in Chicago

Bundling internet and cable service is a great way to save a few bucks and cut down on paperwork. Of course, it helps if the provider you choose offers both TV and internet services like AT&T, Xfinity, RCN, and WOW do.

Bundling gets a little more complicated with single-service providers like DIRECTV and DISH, which only do TV. You might think that bundling satellite TV and satellite internet would be easy, but not quite: you can’t use the same rooftop dish receiver—it requires separate dishes for TV and internet.

Also, satellite internet is subpar at best (we repeat: last-resort circumstances only).

Top TV and internet bundles in Chicago

  • AT&T: 125+ channels + fast fiber internet
  • Xfinity: High speeds + large channel counts
  • RCN: Low-priced TV/internet bundles

Summary of Cable TV Providers in Chicago, IL

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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. $59.99/mo.
DIRECTV Satellite 330+ 3.7 See out-of-market games on NFL SUNDAY TICKET. $39.99/mo.
AT&T DSL 550+ 4.1 Get dependable, 100% digital TV. $35.00/mo.
Spectrum Cable 200+ 3.4 Enjoy FREE HD. $44.99/mo.
Xfinity Cable 260+ 3.5 Find shows fast with the X1 Voice Remote. $24.99/mo.
RCN Cable 285+ 3.9 Sync recorded shows to your mobile devices. $29.99/mo.
WOW! Cable 75+ N/A Thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows. $34.99/mo.

Summary of Internet Providers in Chicago, IL

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Provider Service Type Max Download Speeds up to Customer Rating
(out of 5)
Features Prices Starting At* Area Availability*
AT&T DSL 1,000 Mbps 4.1 Get help anytime with 24/7 customer service. $35.00/mo. 100%
Spectrum Cable 100 Mbps 3.4 Get a high-performance modem included. $44.99/mo. 100%
Xfinity Cable 1,000 Mbps 3.5 Access millions of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the US. $24.99/mo. 100%
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 3.9 Fastest residential satellite internet in the U.S. $50.00/mo. 99%
RCN Cable 1,000 Mbps 3.9 Get the help you need with 24/7 customer support. $29.99/mo. 55%
WOW! Cable 1,000 Mbps N/A No data caps. $34.99/mo. 81%

Data effective as of 01/17/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Most popular TV channels in Chicago

There’s no Real Housewives of Chicago series, but Chi-Town still likes Bravo—as well as the Networks of Cartoons and Food.

On the sports side, ESPN, FOX Sports 1, and NBA TV are the big three. And local network affiliates WMAQ (NBC), WCPX (ION), and WSNS (Telemundo) are clear favorites.

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Top 3SportsLocal
BravoESPNNBC (WMAQ)
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimFOX Sports 1ION (WCPX)
Food NetworkNBA TVTelemundo (WSNS)

With the exception of NBA TV’s absence from WOW’s channel lineup, all of Chicago’s most popular channels are available from all local providers.

TV packages featuring Chicago’s most popular channels

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PackagePriceChannelsContractBundles
Xfinity Preferred$80.00/mo.*220+12 mos.TV, internet, digital phone
WOW Medium TV$74.99/mo. (bundled with internet)†100+12 mos.TV, internet, digital phone
RCN Signature TV + Premiere Sports$76.98/mo. ‡364+12 mos.TV, internet, digital phone
DIRECTV Xtra$59.99/mo.§235+12 mos.TV only
DISH America’s Top 200$84.99/mo.˚240+24 mos.TV only

Data effective as of 01/17/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Most of the above packages are similarly priced, but we like Xfinity’s Preferred package. It’s easily bundled with internet, it’s available in most of Chicago, and it offers a lot of channels—channel count isn’t everything, but 220 is pretty impressive at 80 bucks a month.

Chicago sports coverage

Chicago is home to eight pro sports teams: Bears (NFL), Cubs and White Sox (MLB), Bulls (NBA), Blackhawks (NHL), Fire (MLS), Sky (WNBA), and Red Stars (NWSL). That’s a lot of games to keep up on, even with the right TV package.

How to watch Chicago sports

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Sports teamChannelPackages
Chicago Bears
  • CBS (WBBM)
  • FOX (WFLD)
  • NBC (WMAQ)
  • NBC Sports Chicago
  • ESPN
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET
  • Xfinity: Preferred, ($59.99/mo.)*
  • RCN: Signature TV + Premiere Sports, ($76.98/mo.)‡
  • Chicago Cubs
  • NBC Sports Chicago
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FOX
  • FOX Sports 1
  • TBS
  • MLB Network
  • Xfinity: Preferred, ($59.99/mo.)*
  • RCN: Signature TV + Premiere Sports, ($76.98/mo.)‡
  • Chicago White Sox
  • NBC Sports Chicago
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FOX
  • FOX Sports 1
  • TBS
  • MLB Network
  • Xfinity: Preferred, ($59.99/mo.)*
  • RCN: Signature TV + Premiere Sports, ($76.98/mo.)‡
  • Chicago Bulls
  • NBC Sports Chicago
  • ESPN
  • NBA TV
  • NBA League Pass
  • Xfinity: Preferred, ($59.99/mo.)*
  • RCN: Signature TV + Premiere Sports, ($76.98/mo.)‡
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • NBC Sports Chicago
  • Xfinity: Preferred, ($59.99/mo.)*
  • RCN: Signature TV + Premiere Sports, ($76.98/mo.)‡
  • Chicago Fire
  • ESPN+
  • Univision (WGBO)
  • Xfinity: Preferred, ($59.99/mo.)*
  • RCN: Signature TV + Premiere Sports, ($76.98/mo.)‡
  • Chicago Sky
  • The U Too (WCIU)
  • CBS Sports
  • NBA TV
  • Xfinity: Preferred, ($59.99/mo.)*
  • RCN: Signature TV + Premiere Sports, ($76.98/mo.)‡
  • Chicago Red Stars
  • FOX Soccer Plus
  • DIRECTV: Xtra with FOX Soccer Plus add-on, ($94.98/mo.)§
  • DISH: America’s Top 200 with FOX Soccer Plus add-on, ($94.98/mo.)˚
  • Most of Chicago’s biggest players can be seen on Xfinity and RCN’s cable packages, depending on regional blackouts. Baseball, basketball, and football get plenty of TV love locally.

    The Chicago Blackhawks have an exclusive deal with NBC Sports Chicago—which, fortunately for hockey fans, is a widely available channel.

    Soccer is a little trickier: Women’s league Red Stars are aligned with FOX Soccer Plus, which is available only on DIRECTV or DISH. MLS team Chicago Fire has opted to go with ESPN+, ESPN’s streaming service (though some games can be seen on the local Univision station).

    How to stream local games

    We’ve barely mentioned internet-based streaming here, but many livestreaming TV services offer nearly identical channel lineups to cable and satellite.

    Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV NOW, and others can deliver your sports fix—and an additional VPN (virtual private network) service can help you legally get around any regional blackouts.

    Local Chicago channels

    There are over 20 Chicago-area TV stations, including 71-year-old superstation WGN. Not all of them are as easy to get with cable or satellite because they’re over-the-air channels. Availability and channel numbers vary by provider.

    Local Channels in Chicago

    There are over 20 Chicago-area TV stations, including 71-year-old superstation WGN. Not all of them are as easy to get with cable or satellite because they’re over-the-air channels. Availability and channel numbers vary by provider.

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    Not all Chicago TV stations are available through every provider, but here are three packages that carry the most local channels for the lowest price:

    • Xfinity Starter: $49.99/mo.*
    • DIRECTV Select: $59.99/mo.¶
    • DISH America’s Top 120: $59.99/mo.˚

    How to watch local channels for free

    Sometimes the old-fashioned way is the best way: you don’t have to pay a cable or satellite provider every month to get local channels—just buy a digital antenna once and you’re set.

    We recommend a long-range, amplified antenna. They’re a little more expensive, but you’ll pick up more channels with better HD resolution.

    Find a provider store near you in Chicago

    If you’d rather talk to someone in person than over the phone or online chat, most providers have physical storefronts. In large cities like Chicago, they’re especially easy to find.

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    Chicago FAQs

    How can I watch TV without cable or satellite service?

    If you want absolutely free TV, get an antenna—there are plenty of local broadcast channels to enjoy at no cost.

    Internet-based streaming TV services charge monthly fees, but they’re almost always cheaper than those of cable or satellite. On-demand services (like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video) offer thousands of shows and movies; livestreaming TV providers (like Sling TV and YouTube TV) emulate the live TV channels and interface of cable, usually with a high-capacity cloud DVR.

    Who has the fastest internet in Chicago?

    Xfinity and RCN’s cable internet, thanks to recent DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades, can hit download speeds up to 940 Mbps. Meanwhile, AT&T Fiber gets up to 940 Mbps—with 880 Mbps upload speeds.

    The major difference is this: fiber internet allows for equal (or close to equal) download and upload speeds, while cable’s upload speeds still max out at around 35 Mbps. If your internet usage doesn’t involve heavy file uploading (home-business owners take note), either type should meet your household’s needs.

    • AT&T Fiber: download speeds up to 940 Mbps, upload speeds to 880 Mbps
    • Xfinity: download speeds up to 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps), upload speeds to 35 Mbps
    • RCN: download speeds up to 940 Mbps, upload speeds to 20 Mbps
    How can I learn which TV and internet provider services are available in Chicago?

    Don’t want to click through every TV and internet provider’s site to find out who services your neighborhood? We’ve made it easy with CableTV.com’s availability map—just enter your ZIP code once, and we’ll give you all the services available in your area.

     

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