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Optimum Cable TV Plans, Packages, and Bundles

Optimum’s more optimal than ever with new standalone TV plans, amazing bundle deals, and still no contracts.

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Price: Starting at $29.00/mo.

Channel count: 50–420+

Deal: $500 contract buyout when you switch

Price* Channel count
$59.00/mo. 220+ View plan
$74.00/mo. 340+ View plan
$94.00/mo. 420+ View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* Pricing reflects $5/mo. discount for AutoPay
Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

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Optimum recently revamped its TV offerings, introducing standalone TV plans and incredible first-year bundle prices to go with goodness like free premium channels and cloud DVR (in Premier TV). And, of course, a contract buyout offer to help you escape your current cable provider’s contract and get into Optimum’s more relaxed month-to-month billing.

On the downside, Optimum no longer offers Price for Life. Also, it has expensive equipment, limited availability, low DVR storage, and high DVR prices. But, that aside, Optimum TV service looks more optimal than ever.

Optimum pros and cons

Pros

  • No contracts
  • $500 contract buyout
  • Awesome first-year bundle deals
  • HBO® MAX, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, and STARZ ENCORE included in Premier TV
  • Free installation (select plans)

Cons

  • No more Price for Life
  • Limited availability
  • Expensive equipment
  • High DVR fees

Optimum TV packages and pricing

TV Plan
Optimum Basic
Optimum Core
Optimum Select
Best standalone TV plan
Optimum Premier
Price* Live channels Details
$29.00/mo. 50+ View plans
$59.00/mo. 220+ View plans
$74.00/mo. 340+ View plans
$94.00/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.

Although you have to bundle with Optimum internet or phone service to get Optimum TV packages, they have decent cost-per-channel value—especially Optimum Select.

Optimum Basic: best for budgets

Optimum Basic comes with around 50 local channels like ABC and NBC. Generally, we’re not the biggest fans of these barebone local packages (you can get many of these channels with a TV antenna) but Optimum Basic could be a fit if you’d just need local channels and would rather have Optimum deal with your TV setup.

Optimum Core: best for basic cable

With Optimum Core, you’ll get 220+ network and basic cable channels like Nickelodeon, MTV, and ESPN. At only $59 per month, the package will work best for most households who just want cable TV service.

Optimum Select: best for large families

Optimum Select ups your lineup to 340 channels with additional networks including NFL Network, Disney XD, and MTV. Your household will get the most out of Optimum Select if you have multiple family members who want to watch the package’s sports, kids, or news channels.

Optimum Premier: best for premium cable

Premier TV is our bang-for-your-buck pick, with its free premium channels and cloud DVR. Although it comes with a premium price at $94 per month, you’ll get everything basic and premium cable channel that Optimum offers.

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Best Optimum TV packages

Package
Best standalone TV plan
Optimum Premier
Best double play bundle (cable)
Optimum 1 Gig and Premier TV
Best double play bundle (fiber)
Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Premier TV
Connection type Price* Download speeds up to Channel count
Cable $94.00/mo. N/A 420+ View plan
Cable $153.99/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ View plan
Fiber $173.99/mo. 940 Mbps 420+ View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*Pricing reflects $5/mo. discount for AutoPay
Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

For the best bang for your buck, Optimum Premier ($94.00 a month, $0.22 per channel) has 420+ channels, including free HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and STARZ ENCORE.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Optimum’s fiber internet service area, Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Premier TV is $173.99 a month and has 420+ channels plus 940 Mbps download and upload speeds. That’s $0.41 per channel, which is a solid deal. If you can get this package in your area—grab it.

If you’re in Optimum’s cable area, we suggest Optimum 1 Gig and Premier TV ($153.99 a month, or $0.36 per channel). It has the same channels, and 940 Mbps still powers a bunch of streaming (even 4K) and gaming. You just won’t have symmetrical download and upload speeds like you’d get with a fiber connection (expect about 50 Mbps upload speeds here).

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Optimum bundles and deals

Depending on where you live, you could qualify for cable or fiber internet service through Optimum with 300–940 Mbps internet speeds for both connection types.

Again, Optimum has some awesome first-year deals on bundles. But “first-year” doesn’t mean you’re signing a contract. Instead, when the year is up, you’re free to go elsewhere or see what deals Optimum has at that time.

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Optimum internet and TV bundle pricing (cable)

Connection type Price* Channel count Download speeds up to Details
Cable $98.99/mo. 220+ 300 Mbps View plans
Cable $113.99/mo. 340+ 300 Mbps View plans
Cable $133.99/mo. 420+ 300 Mbps View plans
Cable $108.99/mo. 220+ 500 Mbps View plans
Cable $123.99/mo. 340+ 500 Mbps View plans
Cable $143.99/mo. 420+ 500 Mbps View plans
Cable $118.99/mo. 220+ 940 Mbps View plans
Cable $133.99/mo. 340+ 940 Mbps View plans
Cable $153.99/mo. 420+ 940 Mbps View plans

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*Pricing reflects $5/mo. discount for AutoPay
Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

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Optimum internet and TV bundle pricing (fiber)

Connection type Price* Channel count Download speeds up to Details
Fiber $98.99/mo. 220+ 300 Mbps View plans
Fiber $113.99/mo. 340+ 300 Mbps View plans
Fiber $133.99/mo. 420+ 300 Mbps View plans
Fiber $118.99/mo. 220+ 500 Mbps View plans
Fiber $133.99/mo. 340+ 500 Mbps View plans
Fiber $153.99/mo. 420+ 500 Mbps View plans
Fiber $138.99/mo. 220+ 940 Mbps View plans
Fiber $153.99/mo. 340+ 940 Mbps View plans
Fiber $173.99/mo. 420+ 940 Mbps 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.

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Optimum TV, internet, and phone bundle pricing (cable)

Connection type Price* Channel count Download speeds up to Phone plan Details
Cable $108.99/mo. 220+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $123.99/mo. 340+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $143.99/mo. 420+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $118.99/mo. 220+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $133.99/mo. 340+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $153.99/mo. 420+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $128.99/mo. 220+ 940 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $143.99/mo. 340+ 940 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $163.99/mo. 420+ 940 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands 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.

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Don’t forget Optimum’s equipment fees

Like with any service provider, Optimum has its share of hidden equipment, installation, and late equipment return fees. Check out our Optimum hidden costs guide to learn more about Optimum’s extra charges.

Optimum TV, internet, and phone bundle pricing (fiber)

Connection type Price* Channel count Download speeds up to Phone plan Details
Fiber $108.99/mo. 220+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $123.99/mo. 340+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $143.99/mo. 420+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $128.99/mo. 220+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $143.99/mo. 340+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $163.99/mo. 420+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $148.99/mo. 220+ 940 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $163.99/mo. 340+ 940 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $183.99/mo. 420+ 940 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
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Optimum TV channels

Optimum has 420+ live channels. That’s second only to Verizon, which has 425+ channels.

Here’s a rundown of Optimum’s popular channels, premium channels, and channel add-on packs. For even more information, check out our Optimum channel lineup guide.

Popular channels on Optimum

Optimum has 29 of the 30 most-watched channels according to Variety and they’re all in HD.1 The missing channel is INSP—but don’t fret. Optimum has other channels for people of faith, like the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and UP.

To see which packages have which channels, see our Optimum Channel Lineup Guide.

Top 30 most-watched channels of 20201

  1. CBS
  2. NBC
  3. ABC
  4. FOX
  5. FOX News
  6. MSNBC
  7. CNN
  8. ESPN
  9. Univision
  10. TLC
  11. HGTV
  • Hallmark Channel
  • ION
  • TBS
  • HISTORY
  • Discovery Channel
  • Telemundo
  • TNT
  • Food Network
  • USA Network
  • A&E
  • Bravo
  • The CW
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MeTV
  • INSP
  • Lifetime
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • AMC
  • FX

Premium channels on Optimum

If you want the premium stuff, Optimum has it, with all the best movies and TV series.

  • CINEMAX® ($9.99/mo.)
  • HBO Max ($14.99/mo.)
  • SHOWTIME ($10.99/mo.)
  • STARZ and STARZ ENCORE ($9.99/mo.)
  • TMC ($9.99/mo.)

Don’t forget—we recommend Optimum Premier ($94.00 a month, 340+ channels) because it already includes HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and STARZ ENCORE.

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

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Optimum channel add-on packs

If you’re into add-on channel packs, Optimum has two: one for Spanish speakers and one for sports fans.

  • Optimum en Español ($12.95/mo.): 55+ channels, including Antena 3, CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, ESPN Deportes, FOX Deportes, History en Español, and NBC Universo
  • Optimum Sports Pack ($15.00/mo.): 24 channels, including NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, Golf Channel, and more.

Optimum’s main TV packages include a handful of Spanish-language channels. Those will suffice when your abuela is visiting. But if she’s gonna move in—or if a bilingual familia is your priority—go for Optimum en Español.

The Select ($74 a month, 290+ channels) plan already includes MLB and NFL Network at no extra cost. But if you have room in your budget, the Optimum Sports Pack is a sweet deal for the price.

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Sign up for these add-ons

Want to make sure Optimum has your favorite channels?

View our Optimum channel guide.

Optimum DVR service and TV equipment

Your Optimum service equipment will vary depending on whether or not you have a standalone TV package or a bundle. Let’s talk boxes.

Optimum TV boxes

When you bundle with Optimum internet, you’ll get the Altice One Mini (First box free, $10 a month for additional units) as your cable box. It has a voice-activated remote, supports 4K Ultra HD, and is compatible with streaming apps, including the Altice One mobile app.

For multiroom TV, you can choose either the Altice One Mini or an Apple TV device (both are $10 a month). If you go with the Apple TV, it’s a rent-to-own deal: the device is yours to keep after 18 months.

Optimum with Apple TV

Interested in the Apple TV streaming device? Check out our Apple TV 4K review.

Optimum cloud DVR service

Optimum’s cloud DVR plans cost way too much for way too little storage—especially when you’re already paying $10 a month for the TV box.

Pro tip: Optimum’s Service Protection ($7.99/mo.) and Device Protection ($9.99/mo.) programs will waive service visit fees and provide support coverage for your Optimum hardware.

Optimum DVR plans and pricing

Optimum DVR plan
Cloud DVR
Cloud DVR Plus
Cloud DVR Max
Bundle price* Storage
$8.00/mo. 25 hrs.
$10.00/mo. 75 hrs.
$20.00/mo. 150 hrs.

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

$20.00 a month for a TV box and 75 hours of storage is almost decent. We still think it’s too expensive but not necessarily a deal-breaker since the bundle prices are so good.

Optimum modem/router

For the internet part of its bundles, you get the Altice Gateway modem/router ($10 a month), which comes with in-home Optimum Wi-Fi and 24/7 tech support. Or, if you can do without the in-home Wi-Fi and tech support, you can go buy an Optimum-compatible unit—the cheaper option, in the long run.

Optimum TV apps

The Altice One app (for Amazon Kindle Fire, Android, and iOS) allows you to watch your Optimum channel package and on-demand content anywhere. You can also watch, manage, and schedule DVR recordings—and even use your phone as your remote control.

Optimum customers give the app low marks, though—3.30 stars on Google Play and 2.2 on the Apple Store—citing connectivity and speed issues.

Optimum vs. streaming TV

You could always skip Optimum’s TV plans and get into live TV streaming. Live TV streaming services are simpler—no contracts, easy DIY installation, and (generally) better prices than cable or satellite TV. Streaming packages do have fewer channels, but the ones they have are mostly popular ones.

Compare these streaming services to Optimum’s cheapest TV plan, Core TV ($74.99 a month, 210+ channels).

  • Hulu + Live TV: 75+ channels, 50-hour cloud DVR, and two streams for $64.99–$70.99/mo.
  • Sling TV: 30–50+ channels, 10 h-hour cloud DVR, and up to four streams for $35–$50.00/mo.
  • YouTube TV: 70+ channels, unlimited cloud DVR, and three streams for $64.99/mo.

Optimum TV deals and promotions

We’ve uncovered some Optimum deals for current and new customers that you might find interesting.

Optimum deals for new customers

  • Pop-up deal: When you first visit Optimum’s site, watch for a pop-up offering $10 off your first month when you order online, a $200 Visa® Prepaid card, and free installation. Terms apply.

Get HBO Max on Optimum

Optimum currently offers several free HBO Max deals if you sign up for an internet plan:

  • Get three free months of HBO Max with any Optimum 300 Mbps plan
  • Get six free months of HBO Max with any Optimum 500 Mbps plan
  • Get one free year of HBO Max with any Optimum 1 Gig plan

Optimum deals for current customers

  • Bundle Internet and TV: 300 Mbps internet, 220+ channels, and cloud DVR for $113.99/mo.*—plus a $100 Visa® Prepaid card.
  • Free premium channels: Select TV plan includes STARZ ENCORE. Premier TV plan includes HBO MAX, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and STARZ ENCORE.

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* W/a 1 yr. Loyalty Discount & Auto Pay & Paperless Bill. Plus taxes, fees & charges. Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

Final take: Is Optimum TV worth it?

We love that Optimum has standalone TV plans (finally) and incredible introductory bundle deals to go with its high channel count (420+, which is the second-best in the biz), high internet speeds, $500 contract buyout, and premium freebies in the Optimum Premier plan.

All of that makes it easier to swallow Optimum’s limited availability, expensive equipment, high DVR fees, and low DVR storage. So, get Optimum while the getting’s good.

Methodology

Our experts broke down each Optimum cable TV plan, rating how each package’s features and price stacked up against the competition. We also referred to our annual TV customer satisfaction survey, which asks customers how responsive companies like Optimum are to their concerns.

For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

Optimum TV FAQ

What channels does Optimum have?

Optimum has 420+ channels available in four packages: Optimum Basic ($29 a month, 50+ channels), Optimum Core ($59 a month, 220+ channels), Optimum Select ($74 a month. 340+ channels), and Premier TV ($124.99 a month, 420+ channels). Select is the best value, while Premier has the best bang for your buck.

For more information on Optimum TV channels, check out our Optimum Channel Guide.

How much is Optimum’s basic package?

Optimum offers basic TV only in the Basic TV plan, which costs $29 a month for one year and has 50 channels. But we don’t recommend basic TV packages from any provider. An over-the-air (OTA) antenna should pick up all the same channels—without a monthly payment.

What is the cheapest Optimum package?

Optimum’s cheapest cable TV package is Optimum Core, which has 220+ channels for $59 a month.

What is on Optimum On Demand?

With Optimum On Demand, you can watch your rented or purchased movies, plus tons of free movies and shows. You can also watch on-demand content from premium channels like HBO or SHOWTIME if you subscribe to them through Optimum.

What is Optimum TV to Go?

Optimum TV to Go is when you watch your Optimum TV channels, on-demand content, and DVR recordings on your mobile devices with the Altice One App (available for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire).

Does Optimum have Spanish channels?

Optimum has 50+ Spanish language channels and in its add-on pack, Optimum en Español, which costs $12.95 a month. But if you happen to subscribe to Optimum Broadcast Basic, then Optimum en Español costs $20.95 per month.

How much does Optimum cable cost?

Optimum cable TV packages cost $59–$94 a month for 220–420+ channels.

What channels are in Optimum’s Premier TV package?

Optimum’s Premier TV package ($124.99 a month) has 420+ channels, including 29 of the 30 most-watched channels (according to Variety) plus HBO, MLB Network, NFL Network, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and STARZ ENCORE.1

What are Optimum’s HD channels?

Around 150 of Optimum’s 420+ channels are in HD. These include 29 of the 30 most-watched channels, along with these channels:

  • CNN
  • ESPN channels (except ESPN Deportes)
  • FS1
  • HBO channels
  • MLB Network
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NHL Network
  • MSNBC
  • SHOWTIME channels (except SHOWTIME Next, SHOWTIME Family Zone, and SHOWTIME Women)
  • STARZ (except STARZ Cinema)
  • STARZ ENCORE
  • TMC channels
  • Vice TV
  • . . . and more

How do I get a new cable box from Optimum?

To get a new cable box from Optimum, call the general customer support line (1-866-218-3259) or call your regional customer service department directly.

For help with other Optimum customer or tech support questions, check out our Optimum Customer Service guide.

How do I program my Optimum remote to my TV?

You can learn how to program any of Optimum’s five different remotes using Optimum’s “Program your remote control” page.

ENDNOTE

1. Variety, “Year in Review: Most-Watched Television Networks—Ranking 2020’s Winners and Losers,” December 2020. Accessed May 17, 2021.

Disclaimer

‡Visa® Reward Card: Offer is not available to individuals who have previously participated in an Optimum Visa Reward Card promotion within the past 12 months. Visa Reward Card will be mailed to customers who maintain promotion and remain in good standing with no past due or returned payments throughout first 90 days after account activation. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Limit 1 per customer. Visa Reward Card cannot be used to pay Optimum monthly bill. Card value expires in 12 mos. Visa Reward Card may be used when making purchases from merchants in the U.S. and District of Columbia everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. No ATM access. Terms and Conditions apply to Reward Cards. See Cardholder Agreement for details. Visa Reward Card is issued by MetaBank®, N.A., Member FDIC pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. This optional offer is not a MetaBank product or service nor does MetaBank endorse this offer. Card is distributed and serviced by InComm Financial Services, Inc., which is licensed as a Money Transmitter by the New York State Department of Financial Services.