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Optimum TV and Internet Plans

Optimum internet and TV service offers incredible value—especially in its top-tier internet plans.

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Price: Starting at $29.99/mo.

Channel count: 210–420+

Internet speeds: 200–1,000 Mbps

Deal: $500 contract buyout when you switch

Package
Best TV plan
Premier TV
Best internet plan
Fiber Internet 1 Gig
Best bundle (cable)
Optimum 1 Gig and Premier TV
Best bundle (fiber)
Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Premier TV
Connection type Price* Download speeds up to Channel count Details
Cable $124.99/mo. N/A 420+ View plan
Fiber $69.99/mo. 1,000 Mbps N/A View plan
Cable $140.00/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ View plan
Fiber $115.00/mo. 1,000 Mbps 420+ View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

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Is Optimum good?

Optimum is a solid internet, TV, and phone provider with cable and fiber-optic internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, up to 420+ live TV channels, and home phone service—all at excellent prices. Optimum also has a $500 contract buyout offer if you’re thinking of switching providers.

We recommend Optimum for small and large households, casual users, and power users—assuming you live in Optimum’s limited service area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and parts of New York).

Optimum pros and cons

Pros

  • No contracts
  • $500 contract buyout
  • Standalone TV plans (new) w/ up to 420+ channels
  • Cable and fiber connections up to 1,000 Mbps
  • HBO® MAX, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, and STARZ ENCORE included in Premier TV
  • Free installation (select plans)

Cons

  • Limited availability

Best Optimum plans and bundles

Package
Best TV plan
Premier TV
Best internet plan
Fiber Internet 1 Gig
Best bundle (cable)
Optimum 1 Gig and Premier TV
Best bundle (fiber)
Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Premier TV
Connection type Price* Download speeds up to Channel count Details
Cable $124.99/mo. N/A 420+ View plan
Fiber $69.99/mo. 1,000 Mbps N/A View plan
Cable $140.00/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ View plan
Fiber $115.00/mo. 1,000 Mbps 420+ View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

Optimum internet plans and prices

Optimum has both cable and fiber-optic internet plans, but not in the same area. Depending on where you live, you’ll qualify for one or the other connection type.

Optimum cable internet plans and pricing

Package
Optimum 100
Optimum 300
Optimum 500
Best for speed and value
Optimum 1 Gig
Price* Connection type Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Details
$29.99/mo. Cable 100 Mbps unavailable View plan
$39.99/mo. Cable 300 Mbps 35 Mbps View plan
$59.99/mo. Cable 500 Mbps 40 Mbps View plan
$69.99/mo. Cable 940 Mbps unavailable View plan

Optimum’s cable internet plans are all a decent deal—except for Optimum 100, which costs $0.30 per megabit. But the value gets much better from there.

Optimum 300 is a great value for the speed ($0.09 per megabit). That’s enough juice to handle quite a bit of HD streaming and gaming. If you need a little more internet juice, Optimum 500 is $0.13 per megabit. But get this:

If you need the fastest speeds to accomodate high-volume TV streaming and online gaming, Optimum 1 Gig Internet is only $0.08 per megabit. It’s rare that a provider’s fastest plan is also the best value. So jump on this one.

Optimum fiber internet plans and pricing

Price* Connection type Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Details
$29.99/mo. Fiber 100 Mbps 100 Mbps View plan
$39.99/mo. Fiber 300 Mbps 300 Mbps View plan
$49.99/mo. Fiber 500 Mbps 500 Mbps View plan
$59.99/mo. Fiber 1,000 Mbps 1,000 Mbps View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Optimum’s fiber-optic service area, you’ll find that the plans are cheaper and they include a feature not available with cable connections: symmetrical upload speeds. So if a plan offers 300 Mbps download speeds, you’ll also get 300 Mbps upload speeds. This is great for users who not only do a lot of TV streaming and gaming, but also work at home and frequently upload large files.

Fiber Internet 100 is a lousy deal at $0.30 per megabit. Fiber Internet 300 costs $0.09 per megabit, just like Optimum 300. But Fiber Internet 500 ($0.10 per megabit) and Fiber Internet 1 Gig ($0.06 per megabit) are both $10.00 cheaper than their cable counterparts. With symmetrical upload speeds, they’re both super good deals.

But, again, Fiber Internet 1 Gig has the best value and highest speeds. Whoa! Recommended.

For a more detailed look at these plans, read our Optimum Internet Review.

Optimum TV plans and prices

TV Plan
Core TV
Value TV
Select TV
Best standalone TV plan
Premier TV
Price* Live channels Details
$74.99/mo. 210+ View plans
$79.99/mo. 225+ View plans
$89.99/mo. 340+ View plans
$124.99/mo. 420+ View plans

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

Optimum finally started offering standalone TV plans in 2021. This is excellent news for those of you who want only TV service or dislike when providers force you to bundle. The TV-only plans are priced competitively, but Optimum’s new bundle prices are pretty darn good.

That said, New York residents can get RCN’s Signature TV + 500 Mbps ($64.99 a month, 295+ channels) bundle. It has 45 fewer channels but the same internet speed as Optimum 500 + Select TV ($100.00 a month, 340+ channels)—and it’s $35.01 cheaper per month.

If you’d like to take a longer look at what’s inside Optimum’s bundles, see our Optimum TV review.

Need support?

You can contact Optimum customer or tech support by calling these region-specific numbers:

  • Connecticut: 203-870-2583
  • New Jersey: 973-230-6046
  • New York (Long Island): 631-393-0636
  • New York (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester): 718-860-3513

You can also chat with reps at Optimum’s online customer support portal, hit them up via Twitter (@OptimumHelp), or visit a local store.

Final take: Is Optimum worth it?

We really like Optimum’s $500 contract buyout, lack of contracts, and the value offered in almost all of its plans—especially its top-tier cable and fiber internet packages. Few of Optimum’s competitors can beat that value. So go on and sign up for Optimum internet and TV service. We think you’ll be pleased.

Optimum FAQ

What is the cheapest Optimum package?

The cheapest internet-only Optimum package is Optimum 100 (cable) or Fiber Internet 100. Each costs $29.99 a month and has download speeds up to 100 Mbps. Unfortunately, they’re both a terrible value at $0.30 per megabit. You’ll get a better deal with any other cable or fiber internet package from Optimum—especially the top-tier plans, Optimum 1 Gig ($69.99 a month, 940 Mbps) and Fiber Internet 1 Gig ($59.99 a month, 1,000 Mbps). Those plans have higher monthly payments, but also the fastest speeds and best value ($0.08 per megabit and $0.06 per megabit, respectively).

How can I get Optimum to lower my bill?

Try calling Optimum to see if you can drop down to a cheaper package or, if you’ve been with the company for several years, see about a loyalty discount.

What packages does Optimum offer?

Optimum has four standalone internet packages priced $29.99–$69.99 per month with speeds up to 100–1,000 Mbps. Optimum’s standalone TV plans cost $74.99–$124.99 a month and have 210–420+ channels. Optimum also has several bundles where you can mix and match internet, phone, and TV service for $60.00–$150.00 a month.

Does Optimum offer discounts for seniors?

You might also try applying for Optimum and Suddenlink’s internet service for lower-income individuals and seniors, Altice Advantage Internet. The plan costs $14.99 a month and has speeds up to 30 Mbps, unlimited data, and discounted standard installation (a one-time fee of $14.99). It’s available to the following customers:

  • K–12 or college students displaced due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic*
  • Seniors 65 years of age or older who are eligible for, or currently receive, Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • US military veterans who receive state or federal public assistance

Why is Optimum so expensive?

Optimum’s plans and bundles are actually some of the cheapest around, but they can get more expensive with extra charges for DVR service, equipment, and broadcast fees. For more information, read our guide to the Hidden Costs of Optimum.

Is Netflix free with Optimum?

Optimum does not offer free Netflix for customers.

How much is basic cable for Optimum?

Optimum basic cable is $29.99 a month for 50+ channels.

 

Methodology

Our experts have logged hundreds of hours researching and testing Optimum’s internet and TV plans and bundles in order to help you decide if Optimum is the right provider for you. For more information on our process, read our “How We Rank” guide.

Disclaimer

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