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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 $55/mo.
Channel count: 210–340+
DVR: 25–150 hrs.

Package
Best standalone TV plan
Premier TV
Best double play bundle (cable)
Optimum 1 Gig and Core TV
Best double play bundle (fiber)
Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Core TV
Connection type Price* Channel count Download speeds up to Details
Cable $124.99/mo. 340+ N/A View plan
Cable $105.00/mo. 210+ 1,000 Mbps View plan
Fiber $80.00/mo. 210+ 1,000 Mbps View plan

Data as of post date. 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.
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, and now offers 80 fewer channels. 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 cloud DVR (25 hrs.) in Premier TV
  • Free installation (select plans)

Cons

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

Best Optimum TV packages

Package
Best standalone TV plan
Premier TV
Best double play bundle (cable)
Optimum 1 Gig and Core TV
Best double play bundle (fiber)
Fiber Internet 1 Gig and Core TV
Connection type Price* Download speeds up to Channel count
Cable $124.99/mo. N/A 340+ View plan
Cable $105.00/mo. 1,000 Mbps 210+ View plan
Fiber $80.00/mo. 1,000 Mbps 210+ View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Includes Auto Pay and Paperless Billing. Wired connection speeds. WiFi speeds may vary.

For the best bang for your buck, Premier TV ($124.99 a month, $0.37 per channel) has 340+ 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 Core TV is only $80 a month and has 210+ channels plus 1,000 Mbps download and upload speeds. That’s $0.38 per channel, which is a solid deal. If you can get this package in your area—grab it.

If you’re looking to bundle and cable Optimum’s cable plans are your only option, we suggest dropping down to Optimum 500 and Core TV ($85.00 a month). It has the same channels, and 500 Mbps still covers a lot of streaming and gaming—plus, you’ll save 20 bucks a month.

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Optimum TV plans and pricing

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TV PlanPrice*Live channelsDetails
Core TV$74.99/mo.210+View plans
Value TV$79.99/mo.225+View plans
Select TV$89.99/mo.290+View plans
Best standalone TV plan
Premier TV
$124.99/mo.340+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.

Previously, you had to bundle with Optimum internet or phone service to get Optimum TV packages. Now you have a choice to get them on their own, which is a good thing. And Optimum’s new TV plans have decent cost-per-channel value—especially Select TV. But Premier TV is our bang-for-your-buck pick, with its free premium channels and cloud DVR.

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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 300–1,000 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

Connection type Price* Channel count Download speeds up to Details
Cable $55/mo. 50+ 300 Mbps View plans
Cable $65/mo. 210+ 300 Mbps View plans
Cable $85/mo. 210+ 500 Mbps View plans
Cable $105.00/mo. 210+ 1,000 Mbps View plans
Fiber $50.00/mo. 50+ 300 Mbps View plans
Fiber $60.00/mo. 210+ 300 Mbps View plans
Fiber $70.00/mo. 210+ 500 Mbps View plans
Fiber $80.00/mo. 210+ 1,000 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

Connection type Price* Channel count Download speeds up to Phone plan Details
Cable $55/mo. 50+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $65/mo. 210+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $85/mo. 210+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Cable $105.00/mo. 210+ 1,000 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $50.00/mo. 50+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $60.00/mo. 210+ 300 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $70.00/mo. 210+ 500 Mbps Unlimited calling to US, Canada, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands View plans
Fiber $80.00/mo. 210+ 1,000 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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Optimum TV channels

Before Optimum overhauled its TV plans, it had 420+ live channels. Now it’s 340+. But that’s still a respectable channel count. You can see which channels remain in our Optimum channel lineup guide. For now, here’s a rundown of Optimum’s popular channels, premium channels, and channel add-on packs.

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’s Premier TV plan ($124.99 a month, 340+ channels) because it already includes HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and STARZ ENCORE.

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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 TV ($89.99 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.

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

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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

For standalone TV plans, Optimum charges $11 a month per cable box, but it doesn’t specify the type of box you’ll get or any of its features.

If you bundle with Optimum internet, you’ll get the Altice One Mini ($10 a month) 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–$11 a month for the TV box.

But you do get a little discount on cloud DVR if you bundle, and, again, Optimum’s 1 Gig bundles include Cloud DVR Small free.

Optimum DVR plans and pricing

Optimum DVR plan
Cloud DVR Small
Cloud DVR Plus
Cloud DVR Max
Price* Bundle price* Storage
$9.99/mo. $8.00/mo. 25 hrs.
$17.99/mo. $10.00/mo. 75 hrs.
$21.99/mo. $12.00/mo. 150 hrs.

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

We’re not sure why Cloud DVD Plus drops from $17.99 to $10.00 a month, but $20.00–$21.00 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.

Optimum deals for current customers

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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 (340+ is still one of the highest in the biz), high internet speeds, $500 contract buyout, and premium freebies in the Premier TV 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.

Optimum TV FAQ

What channels does Optimum have?

Optimum has 340+ channels available in four packages: Core TV ($74.99 a month, 210+ channels), Value TV ($79.99 a month, 225+ channels), Select TV ($89.99 a month. 290+ channels), and Premier TV ($124.99 a month, 340+ 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 cable TV only in the Optimum 300 and Basic TV bundle, which costs $55 a month for one year and has 50 channels plus 300 Mbps internet speeds. 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 TV package is Core TV, which has 210+ channels for $74.99 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 $74.99–$124.99 a month for 210–340+ channels.

What channels are in Optimum’s Premier TV package?

Optimum’s Premier TV package ($124.99 a month) has 340+ 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 340+ channels are in HD. These include 29 of the 30 most-watched channels, along with these channels:1

    • 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

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