Optimum TV equipment
We like Optimum’s selection of tech playthings, especially the multifunctional Altice One paired with the Altice Amplify smart speaker. You’ll probably dig the Altice Gateway modem/router and the Altice One Mini too.
Altice Amplify ($15 per month or $399 to purchase)
Amplify is a smart speaker with voice control, Alexa integration, and high-fidelity Devialet audio—which is pretty cool. But at this price, you’ll have paid full price ($399) for your Amplify in around 26 months. If you can afford to buy it instead, that’s a darn good price for a smart speaker with Devialet audio.
Altice Gateway modem/router ($10 per month)
You can lease this bad boy from Optimum and get in-home Wi-Fi and 24/7 tech support. Or you can buy an Optimum-compatible unit if you can accept only limited tech support from Optimum.
Altice One ($20 per month)
Optimum is rightly proud of its cable box, the Altice One. It combines your DVR (up to 300 hours of SD or 75 hours of HD storage), receiver, modem, and router into one device that comes with a Bluetooth-enabled, voice-activated remote. Consolidating so many devices is super convenient—we love it. And the $20 rental fee for such a versatile device is more than fair.
If, for some reason, the Altice One doesn’t work for you, Optimum has three other DVR/receivers available—one from Samsung and two from Scientific Atlanta. Unfortunately, Optimum doesn’t seem to include model numbers, storage capacity, or other specs in its DVR information.
Altice One Mini ($10 per month, per box)
If you want a multiroom TV setup, you can lease one or more Minis to use with the Altice One—it’s also a Wi-Fi extender! Or you can use a single Mini as your main DVR/receiver if you have limited space or are into the whole minimalism thing.
Optimum TV deals and promotions
One cool thing about Optimum is that it periodically offers deals for current and new customers. We found a few that might float your boat.
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.
- Free installation: For a limited time, Optimum will waive the installation fee on select packages and bundles. They’re generally not the base packages.
Optimum deals for current customers
- Bundle Internet & TV: 200 Mbps internet, 220+ channels, SHOWTIME® free for a year, and cloud DVR for $74.99/mo.—plus a $100 Amazon gift card.
- Price for Life: Upgrade your speed now and Optimum will lock in your payment for as long as you have your plan.
- Free premium channels: Select TV plan includes STARZ ENCORE. Premier plan includes HBO MAX, SHOWTIME, and STARZ.
Discounts are great, but so are toys. Let’s see what goodies Optimum has for you to play with when you sign up for service.
Final take: Is Optimum TV worth it?
Despite its bundling requirement to get TV, limited (three-state) availability, and ho-hum survey scores, we think Optimum is worth a shot. It has high speeds, lots of channels, simple packages, and none of the usual cable TV provider monkey business (like contracts, data caps, and early termination fees).
And if Optimum is willing to throw 500 bucks toward freeing you from your current contract, it’ll probably do right by you.
Optimum TV FAQ
What channels does Optimum have?
Optimum has 420+ channels available in three packages: Core (220+ channels), Select (340+ channels), and Premier (420+ channels). Unfortunately, to get Optimum TV plans, you’ll have to bundle with internet and/or phone service. The bundles run $74.99–$129.99 per month.
For more information on Optimum TV channels, check out our Optimum Channel Guide.
How much is Optimum’s basic package?
Optimum’s TV packages come only in bundles with internet and/or phone service. The bundles start at $74.99 a month.
What is the cheapest Optimum package?
Optimum’s cheapest TV package is Optimum 300 for $39.99 a month. It has cable internet speeds up to 300 Mbps.