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Optimum Cable TV Plans, Packages & Bundles

Optimum has simple TV packages and high channel counts, but only if you bundle with its fast internet.

Price: Starting at $39.99/mo.

Channel count: 220–420+

Customer satisfaction: 3.88/5

Package
Best value (double play)
Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400
Best value (triple play)
Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400 + Phone
Price* Connection type Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Channel count Phone plan
$99.99/mo. Cable 400 Mbps 40 Mbps 340+ N/A View plan
$109.99/mo. Cable 400 Mbps 40 Mpbs 340+ Unlimited calls to US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands View plan

Is Optimum TV good?

Altice USA-owned Optimum provides a tristate area—Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Westchester)—with internet, phone, and TV service. It offers 420+ live TV channels—but only in bundles.

The bundling requirement isn’t so bad. Optimum has high-speed (200–1,000 Mbps) cable and fiber internet, cheap-to-competitive pricing, a $500 contract buyout, and a Price for Life guarantee (on some plans). It also has no contracts, data caps, or early termination fees—so, if you’re trying to get away from your current provider and score a great deal with a different one, try Optimum.

But we also suggest seeing what Optimum TV customers think of their provider by reading our 2020 customer satisfaction survey for cable and internet providers. Spoiler: Optimum took fifth place in the cable TV survey and got low scores on the internet one.

Optimum pros and cons

Pros

  • No contracts
  • $500 contract buyout
  • 420+ channels
  • Altice One DVR/receiver/modem/router
  • HBO® MAX, SHOWTIME®, and STARZ® included in Premier plan

Cons

  • No TV plans—bundling required
  • Limited availability
  • Low customer satisfaction scores

Best Optimum packages

Package
Best value (double play)
Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400
Best value (triple play)
Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400 + Phone
Price* Connection type Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Channel count Phone plan
$99.99/mo. Cable 400 Mbps 40 Mbps 340+ N/A View plan
$109.99/mo. Cable 400 Mbps 40 Mpbs 340+ Unlimited calls to US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands View plan

Data as of 05/26/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Price for Life. Customer must remain in good standing and up to date on bill payments to remain on Price For Life.

If value is your top priority, these two Optimum TV bundles have the best speeds and channel counts at the best price. If other factors, y’know, factor into your decision—keep reading.

Optimum TV plans and bundles

Again, Optimum has no standalone TV packages. The only way to get Optimum TV service is by bundling with internet, phone, or both. So of course Optimum offers bundles of fun.

If you don’t need a quaint old relic like a landline, Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400 is the best value among Optimum’s eight double-play bundles.

But maybe your internet activities don’t need that much speed and you want to scale back your spending. Or perhaps you prefer to go big and have all the channels. If so, try these alternatives:

Best Optimum internet-TV bundles

If you actually want a landline, then Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400 + Phone has the best value out of Optimum’s nine triple-play bundles. But it’s good to have choices, so here ya go.

Best Optimum internet-TV-phone bundles

  • Best for budgets: Optimum Core TV + Optimum 200 + Phone ($74.99/mo. for 220+ channels, 200 Mbps internet, and unlimited calling in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands)
  • Best middle bundle: Optimum Select TV + Optimum 300 + Phone ($99.99/mo. for 340+ channels, 300 Mbps internet, and unlimited calling in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands)
  • Best for channels and speed: Optimum Premier TV + Optimum 400 + Phone ($129.99/mo. for 420+ channels, 200 Mbps internet, and unlimited calling in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands)

We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, but what channels come with each package?” We cover that in our Optimum channel lineup page.

Optimum TV + internet bundles and pricing

Price Cost per channel Cost per megabit Channel count Download speeds up to
$74.99/mo.* $0.34 $0.25 220+ 300 Mbps View plan
$99.99/mo.** $0.29 $0.25 340+ 400 Mbps View plan
$79.99/mo.* $0.24 $0.40 340+ 200 Mbps View plan
$84.99/mo.** $0.39 $0.21 220+ 400 Mbps View plan
$89.99/mo.* $0.27 $0.30 340+ 300 Mbps View plan
$99.99/mo.* $0.24 $0.50 420+ 200 Mbps View plan
$109.99/mo.* $0.26 $0.37 420+ 300 Mbps View plan
$119.99/mo.** $0.29 $0.30 420+ 400 Mbps View plan

*For 24 months. Plus taxes, fees, and other charges.
**Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Price for Life. Customer must remain in good standing and up to date on bill payments to remain on Price For Life.

Optimum TV + internet + home phone bundles and pricing

Price Cost per channel Cost per megabit Download speeds up to Channel count Phone plan
$74.99/mo. $0.34 $0.38 200 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$84.99/mo. $0.39 $0.28 300 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$89.99/mo. $0.27 $0.45 200 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$94.99/mo. $0.43 $0.24 400 Mbps 220+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$99.99/mo. $0.29 $0.33 300 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$109.99/mo. $0.26 $0.55 200 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$109.99/mo. $0.32 $0.28 400 Mbps 340+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$119.99/mo. $0.29 $0.40 300 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View plan
$129.99/mo. $0.31 $0.33 400 Mbps 420+ Unlimited calls** View plan

Data as of 05/26/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 1 yr. Plus taxes, equip. charges and fees.
** Unlimited calls are to US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands only

Optimum streaming TV and bundles

You could skip Optimum’s TV plans and get into livestreaming TV. Livestreaming services are simpler: they have no contracts and generally are cheaper than cable packages (but some cost the same). Streamers also have fewer channels, but they’re mostly popular ones—and they’re usually all in one package.

Since Optimum 300 gives you up to 300 Mbps—that’ll support a lot of HD streaming—you could pair Optimum internet with a streaming service for the same (or possibly better) price than you’d pay for an Optimum bundle (only $39.99 a month).

  • AT&T TV NOW (MAX plan): 60+ channels and free HBO® MAX for $80.00/mo. ($119.99 with Optimum 300).
  • Hulu + Live TV: 65+ channels, 50-hour cloud DVR, and two streams for $54.99–$60.99/mo. ($94.98–$100.98 with Optimum 300).
  • Sling TV: 30–50+ channels, up to four streams for $30–$45.00/mo. ($69.99–$84.99 with Optimum 300).
  • YouTube TV: 70+ channels, unlimited cloud DVR, and three streams for $49.99/mo.($89.98 with Optimum 300).

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.

Add-on addendum 

What, you want more? Okay. Optimum offers these add-on services at checkout.

  • Apple TV ($10.00/mo.): Includes both the Apple TV device and Apple TV+ service. But many devices support Apple TV+, so it’s cheaper to pay only for the service ($4.99/mo.).
  • Cloud DVR Plus ($17.99/mo.): Record up to 15 shows simultaneously with up to 75 hours of HD (or 300 hours of SD) storage. New customers can get the service for $10.00/mo. for the first year.

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.

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