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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 10 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

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 Internet

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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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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Viasat Satellite Internet

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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Windstream High-Speed Internet

Customer Rating
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • No phone required.
  • Free professional installation.
  • Internet security and online backup.
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Google Fiber TV

Customer Rating
150+ Channels
  • Crystal-clear HD.
  • Hundreds of channels and thousands of shows.
  • HD DVR that can record 8 shows at once.
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Google Fiber Internet

Customer Rating
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • No data caps.
  • Award-winning customer service.
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Google Fiber TV + Internet

Customer Rating
150+ Channels
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Crystal-clear HD.
  • Hundreds of channels and thousands of shows.
  • HD DVR that can record 8 shows at once.
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DISH TV + Windstream High-Speed Internet

Customer Rating
330+ Channels
Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • HD FREE for Life®
  • 24/7 Technical Support

UPDATE: AT&T no longer sells its AT&T U-verse product. The provider is now focused on AT&T TV, which offers fiber internet and 125+ channels of TV. We’ll update the full piece soon.

Cable TV and internet in Charlotte, NC

Hey, y’all! And by “y’all,” we mean the nearly 900,000 residents of Charlotte, NC1—and anyone fixin’ to move to the Queen City. Let’s get y’all set up with cable TV and internet service.

What are the best TV and cable companies in Charlotte, NC?

What are the best internet providers in Charlotte, NC?

  • AT&T—Great value; 1,000 Mbps fiber plan
  • Spectrum—Cable speeds up to 940 Mbps

Internet in Charlotte, NC

The two major Charlotte internet providers are AT&T and Spectrum. AT&T covers 96.5% of Charlotte with DSL (up to 100 Mbps) and fiber internet (up to 1,000 Mbps). Spectrum’s cable connections offer the same speeds to nearly 100% of the area.

Other services exist alongside AT&T and Spectrum, but they have spottier coverage. About 44.2% of Charlotte can get DSL speeds up to 1,000 Mbps through Windstream, and 15.6% can get Google Fiber’s affordable fiber speeds (also up to 1,000 Mbps).

Fiber is the fastest and most reliable internet connection, and it’s the only connection that gives you symmetrical download and upload speeds. So we suggest trying AT&T or Google Fiber first. If you can’t get either fiber connection, the next best bet is Spectrum, since cable is faster and more reliable than DSL.

If you strike out with even the DSL providers, you still have options.

HughesNet and Viasat cover 100% of the Charlotte area with satellite internet service, and Open Broadband covers 15% of the region with its fixed wireless product. But those connections offer only 25–100 Mbps speeds, so they’re best for folks that live out yonder, where it’s tough to get cable or fiber-optic internet service.

TV in Charlotte, NC

You have more choices when it comes to TV providers in Charlotte.

Satellite providers DIRECTV (330+ channels) and DISH (290+ channels), along with cable provider Spectrum (200+ channels), all cover close to 100% of the Charlotte area. AT&T U-verse (550+ channels) offers fiber optic TV service to 96.5%.

We think Spectrum is the way to go for TV, since it’s Silver and Gold plans include premium channels like HBO®, NFL Network, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, STARZ ENCORE, and TMC.

Sports fans might prefer DIRECTV, though, since it offers the 2020 season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET free to new customers who get the CHOICE package or higher.

But before you decide on an internet or TV provider, let’s see what deals they’re offering.

TV and internet deals in Charlotte

TV deals

  • AT&T U-Verse TV: $150 in reward cards when you order TV service online*; get NBA League Pass free when you switch to AT&T U-verse**
  • DIRECTV: Current season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET or NBA League Pass (depending on the time of year) with CHOICE package or higher.**
  • DISH: $150 prepaid MasterCard when you order online†
  • Spectrum: Up to a $500 contract buyout when you switch providers and bundle

Internet deals

  • AT&T Internet: $100 reward card when you order internet online
  • Spectrum: Up to a $500 contract buyout when you switch providers and bundle

* w/24-mo. DIRECTV or 12-mo. U-verse TV agmt. Redemption req’d.

** Actual number of games varies by market due to blackout rules and other conditions. Limited time. Get 2019-2020 season with U300 Package or above (min. $89.99/mo. for 12 mo. before discounts. Up to $7.99/mo. Broadcast & add’l fees apply). 12-mo. agreement required. Req’s you to select offer.

† Offer valid for activation and installation of qualifying DISH service during promotional period. Must activate service by ordering via the dish.com cart.

Cable TV and internet bundles in Charlotte, NC

In most cases, bundling internet and TV service with the same provider saves you money.

AT&T U-verse has some great bundle deals, but we hesitate to recommend them since AT&T is slowly phasing out U-verse.

Spectrum’s cable internet service comes bundled with any of its three TV plans. Its channel lineups aren’t as fat (only 200+ channels) as AT&T’s, but they also have fewer music-and-shopping channels to bloat their numbers. Plus, as we mentioned above, Spectrum’s Silver and Gold plans contain all those awesome premium channels.

Windstream also bundles with DIRECTV, but with less than half the area availability of AT&T. Google Fiber offers some TV packages but to only 15.6% of the Charlotte area.

Top TV and internet bundles in Charlotte, NC

    • AT&T: up to 1G fiber internet, 330+ channels (through DIRECTV)
    • Spectrum: up to 940 Mbps cable internet, premium channels included in Silver and Gold plans

Summary of Cable TV Providers in Charlotte, NC

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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. $35.00/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.
Google Fiber Fiber 150+ N/A Crystal-clear HD. $50.00/mo.

Summary of Internet Providers in Charlotte, NC

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Provider Service Type Max Download Speeds up to Customer Rating
(out of 5)
Features Prices Starting At*
AT&T DSL 1,000 Mbps 4.1 Get help anytime with 24/7 customer service. $35.00/mo.
Spectrum Cable 100 Mbps 3.4 Get a high-performance modem included. $44.99/mo.
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 3.9 Fastest residential satellite internet in the U.S. $50.00/mo.
Windstream DSL 1,000 Mbps 3.7 No phone required. $35.00/mo.
Google Fiber Fiber 1,000 Mbps N/A No data caps. $50.00/mo.

Most popular TV channels in Charlotte, NC

Do you know what Charlotte residents like to watch most with their sweet tea and BBQ? If Charlotte’s top 3 channels (American Heroes Channel, OWN, and Logo) are any indication, it’s war stories, daytime talk shows, and anything fabulous.

Sportsball (mainly basketball) is also rather important in Charlotte. The three most popular sports networks are, in order, ESPN, NBA TV, and the Big Ten Network.

Finally, out of Charlotte’s 11 local channels, independent channel WAXN/TV64, ABC affiliate WSOC, and NBC affiliate WCNC are the most-watched.

Charlotte, NC’s most popular TV channels

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  • American Heroes Channel
  • Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Logo TV
  • ESPN
  • NBA TV
  • Big Ten Network
  • TV64 (WAXN)
  • WSOC (ABC)
  • WCNC (NBC)
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    We found packages from AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV, DISH, and Spectrum that have all nine of Charlotte’s most popular channels. Check out their stats:

    TV packages featuring Charlotte, NC’s most popular channels

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    PackagePriceChannel countContractBundles
    Our Pick
    DIRECTV XTRA
    $69.99/mo.†235+12 mos.
    Internet, phone (through AT&T)
    AT&T
    AT&T TV
    $84.99/mo.*485+12 mos.Internet, phone
    DISH
    America's Top 250
    $94.99/mo.‡290+12 mos.n/a
    Spectrum
    Gold
    $89.99/mo.§200+12 mos.Internet, phone

    Data effective 1/15/20. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

    * for 12 mos. plus taxes
    † for 12 mos. plus taxes and RSN fee
    ‡ for 24 mos. New customers only. All offers require a 2-year commitment with early termination fee and eAutopay. Price includes Hopper Duo for qualifying customers.
    § for 12 mos.

    So, besides including all nine of Charlotte’s favorite channels, what other delights do our package picks provide?

    AT&T U-verse U300 ($84.99 a month) has the most channels, and you can bundle it with internet and phone service. But since U-verse is probably going away, we don’t recommend it.

    DISH has the second-highest channel count, but it’s also the most expensive of the four at $94.99 a month. Also, DISH is TV-only—so no bundles.

    The second-most expensive plan is Spectrum Gold ($89.99 a month), but it includes HBO, NFL Network, SHOWTIME, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, and TMC. Those premiums make Gold more than worth the price. You can also bundle with internet or phone service.

    Out of the four, we recommend DIRECTV XTRA. At $69.99 a month, it’s the cheapest. It also has a respectable channel count, and you can bundle it with AT&T Internet and phone service.

    Charlotte sports coverage

    Let’s get one thing straight: in Charlotte, NASCAR is a sport—and kind of sacred. Disagree? Well, as they say in these parts, bless your heart.

    That said, we’re including NASCAR alongside basketball (Charlotte Hornets and Duke Blue Devils) and football (Carolina Panthers), which are also immensely popular in Charlotte.

    We’ve also tossed in some baseball (Charlotte Knights) and soccer (the USL’s Charlotte Independence).

    Naturally, you’ll find coverage of these sports on mostly local network affiliates as well as national and regional sports networks.

    Here’s a handy li’l table that’ll show you where to find your favorite Charlotte-area sporting events on TV—and which packages have all (or most) of the required channels.

    How to watch Charlotte sports

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    Data effective 1/15/20. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

    * for 12 mos. plus taxes
    † for 12 mos. plus taxes and RSN fee.
    ‡ 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.
    § for 12 mos.

    All of the listed packages contain most of the channels you need to watch your favorite sport. DIRECTV CHOICE ($59.99 a month), however, has everything—and the best price.

    But, if you don’t care about the NFL Network, you can go with Spectrum Select and save $15 a month.

    How to stream local games

    Some livestreaming TV services are as affordable as, or even cheaper than, their cable and satellite counterparts.

    Sling TV is CableTV.com’s pick for the best streaming service for sports. For $65 a month, you can get Sling’s Orange & Blue plan ($45) and its two Sports Extra add-on packs ($10 each). Also, Sling TV usually offers a free antenna or streaming device to new customers.

    Finally, if you combine Sling TV with a VPN service like Nord VPN, you’ll be able to watch out-of-market games on the down-low.

    Local Channels in Charlotte, NC

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

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    You can find all 11 of Charlotte’s local channels in the affordable DIRECTV, DISH, and Spectrum packages below. And although AT&T U-verse is going away, it’s still worth noting that its TV U200 package has all of the channels except WHKY.

    * for 12 mos. plus taxes
    † for 12 mos. plus taxes
    ‡ 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.
    § for 12 mos.

    How to watch local channels for free

    If all you want are local channels, you don’t need to buy a cable or satellite TV package. An over-the-air (OTA) HDTV antenna is inexpensive and so easy to install.

    We like the Mohu Blade. As of this writing, you can get one on Amazon for $28.45. Once it’s installed, you’ll have free access to all of your local affiliates and their subchannels within a 50-mile radius.

    To learn more, check out our guide to the best OTA antennas.

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    Compare TV and internet providers in Charlotte

    If you’d like to read more about how these internet and TV providers stack up against each other, here are some CableTV.com articles to get you started.

    Compare TV and internet providers in Charlotte

    If you’d like to read more about how these internet and TV providers stack up against each other, here are some CableTV.com articles to get you started.

    Spectrum vs. AT&T U-verse
    Spectrum’s bundles are cheaper and don’t require contracts; AT&T has better value, faster internet, and more channels.
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    Spectrum vs. DISH
    Spectrum has no contracts and includes premium channels; DISH offers only TV service—but with the sweet Hopper 3 DVR.
    Read More
    DIRECTV vs. DISH
    DIRECTV has more channels and the Genie DVR; DISH has the Hopper 3 DVR and a better customer-satisfaction rating.
    Read More

    Charlotte FAQs

    How can I watch TV without cable?

    If you’d like to watch TV without cable, your options are live and on-demand streaming services or an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

    AT&T TV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all offer livestreaming and on-demand libraries on a monthly subscription basis. Ad-supported services like Pluto and Xumo each offer 100+ live channels for free, and Redbox just launched a similar service with almost 30 live channels.

    Also, Xfinity internet-only customers are eligible for the free Xfinity Flex streaming device/service. Flex gives you access to Xfinity’s deep on-demand library plus a handful of free channels (FOX Sports). Check out our Xfinity Flex review.

    Finally, you can buy an OTA HDTV antenna like the Mohu Blade for as little as $28.45 on Amazon. It takes only 5–10 minutes to install. Then you’ll be able to watch every local channel within 50 miles of your home for free.

    Who has the fastest internet in Charlotte?

    Here are the fastest internet providers in Charlotte, along with availability stats:

    • AT&T Internet (DSL, fiber): up to 1,000 Mbps with 96.5% availability in Charlotte
    • Google Fiber (fiber): up to 1,000 Mbps with 15.6% availability in Charlotte
    • Windstream (DSL): up to 1,000 Mbps with 44.2% availability in Charlotte
    • Spectrum (cable): up to 940 Mbps with nearly 100% availability in Charlotte
    • Open Broadband (fixed wireless): up to 100 Mbps with 15% availability in Charlotte
    • Viasat (satellite): up to 100 Mbps with nearly 100% availability in Charlotte
    • HughesNet (satellite): up to 25 Mbps with nearly 100% availability in Charlotte
    What is the best internet provider in Charlotte?

    The two best internet providers in Charlotte are AT&T and Spectrum—both have nearly 100% coverage in the area. AT&T has DSL speeds up to 100 Mbps and fiber speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Spectrum offers cable speeds up to 940 Mbps.

    Is Google Fiber available in Charlotte, NC?

    Google Fiber is available in Charlotte, NC—but to only 15.6% of residents.

    How much is Google Fiber in Charlotte, NC?

    Google Fiber’s gigabit internet is $70 a month, but the service is currently available to only a very small part of Charlotte.

    How much internet speed do I need?

    We recommend a minimum of 25 Mbps. That’ll handle a good amount of HD streaming and gaming on multiple devices. But it’s a good idea to pay for more than you need to accommodate houseguests or slowdowns due to high traffic.

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