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Compare TV and Internet Providers

Our experts have put in hundreds of hours doing hands-on research, digging online, and sleuthing over the phone so you can compare the best TV and internet.

Like they say, comparing TV and internet providers ain’t easy. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you find providers in your area and compare them with confidence.

Compare internet providers

The easiest way to narrow down your internet options is to find out which internet service providers (ISPs) are in your area.

Lucky for you, we got a tool that does just that. Enter your zip code below to see ISPs in your neighborhood.

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Next thing you should do is see how your locally available ISPs compare to the competition or if they’re any good in the first place 😉

Best internet providers

Internet provider
Best overall
Verizon Fios
Cheapest
RCN
Best gig internet
AT&T
$500 contract buyout
Optimum
Fastest
Xfinity
Price Max download speeds Data caps Choose your plan
$39.99–$79.99/mo.* 200–up to 940 Mbps Unlimited Learn more
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$19.99–$59.99/mo. 10–940 Mbps Unlimited Learn more
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$35.00–$60.00/mo. 100–940 Mbps Unlimited Learn more
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$40.00–$65.00/mo. 300–1,000 Mbps Unlimited Learn more
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$19.99–$299.95/mo. 25–2,000 Mbps 1,229 GB–unlimited Learn more
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Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*w/ Auto Play + taxes & equip. charges.

If you can get Verizon Fios internet, we say jump on it. It’s speedy and reliable and has excellent customer service.

We also really like AT&T and Optimum internet. AT&T has great deals on gig internet speeds, and Optimum has an unmatched contract buyout option.

Wanna know more before you decide? Check out our expert review of the Best Internet Providers, our Internet Provider Guide, or read a head-to-head comparison below.

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Compare TV providers

Just like ISPs, the cable TV providers you can choose from depend on your location. Enter your zip code below to see which cable and satellite TV providers are in your neck of the woods.

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Once you know which cable and satellite TV providers are available in your town, you can compare them to see how they stack up versus the best of the best in the industry.

Best TV providers

Provider
Best overall
DISH
Best for sports
DIRECTV
Best value
Spectrum
Cheapest
RCN
Most channels
Verizon Fios
$500 contract buyout
Optimum
Best voice remote
Xfinity
Free premiums
Suddenlink
Excellent DVR
Cox
Free HBO Max
AT&T TV
Price Channel count DVR storage (HD) Simultaneous recordings Details
$64.99–$94.99/mo. 190–290+ 500 hrs. 16
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$64.99–$134.99/mo. 160–330+ 125 hrs. 5 Learn more

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$44.99–$94.99/mo.‡ 125–200+ 90 hrs. 2–6 Learn more

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$59.99–$82.12/mo. 55–304+ 20–75 hrs. 2–6 Learn more

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$50.00–$90.00/mo. 125–425+ 50–200 hrs. 2–12 Learn more

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$74.99–$124.99/mo. 210–340+ 25–150 hrs. 15 Learn more

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$60.00–$89.99/mo. 125–260+ 150 hrs. 6 Learn more

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$58.00-$124.99/mo. 225–340+ 75 hrs. 15 Learn more

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$50.00–$130.00/mo. 75–250+ 250–1,000 hrs. 2–24 Learn more

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$59.99–$129.99/mo. 65–140+ 20 hrs. (w/o contract)

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If you’re looking for the Cadillac of TV, DISH Network has got it going on. DISH has the best equipment, large channel counts, excellent reliability, and transparent contracts.

We also think Spectrum TV is a great value. Spectrum TV plans come with good channel counts, premium channels included with most plans, and reasonable pricing.

Need to know more before you sign up? Read our expert take on the Best TV Providers or our TV Providers Guide to draw on our research and insights.

Narrowed your choices down to two TV providers? Read a direct comparison below.

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Compare streaming services

Cable and satellite TV not for you? We feel you. Live TV streaming services are a great alternative to traditional TV providers.

And you can get a quality live TV streaming service pretty much anywhere you can get a reliable internet connection. For those of you new to the streaming service world, we’ve broken down your options.

Best streaming services

Service
Best overall
YouTube TV
Best value
Hulu + Live TV
Cheapest
Philo
Best for sports
fuboTV
Best for kids
Sling
Price Channels Multiple streams Cloud DVR
$64.99/mo. 100+ 3 Unlimited (9 mos.) Learn more

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$64.99–$70.99/mo. 70+ 2 50 hrs. Learn more

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$25.00/mo. 63+ 3 Unlimited (30 days) Learn more

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$64.99–$79.99/mo. 109–156 3 250–1,000 hrs. Learn more

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$35.00–$50.00/mo. 30–50 1–4 10 hrs. Learn more

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

If you want the best overall streaming service, we recommend YouTube TV for its decent channel count, unlimited cloud DVR, and reasonable price point.

We’re also huge fans of Hulu + Live TV because of its on-demand library of 10,000+ shows and movies and live TV channel lineup.

Pro tip: Prefer to watch TV on demand? Well, you’ve got more options than Netflix. Check out our Editor’s Choice awards for the best on-demand streaming services to enjoy more on-demand shows and movies.

For a lot of our readers, live TV streaming is still pretty new, so we won’t fault you for wanting to learn more about it with our expert guide to the Best Streaming Services or our general overview of TV Streaming.

Or you can just check out one of our head-to-head comparisons below.

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Compare providers FAQ

Who are the best internet providers?

In 2021, we ranked Verizon Fios as the best internet provider overall. We also have a few other favorites as well.

  • Verizon—Best overall
  • RCN—Best for cheap internet
  • AT&T—Best for gigabit speeds
  • Optimum—Best for no-contract internet
  • Xfinity—Fastest home internet

Find out if any of the best ISPs are available in your area by entering your zip code below.

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What is the cheapest internet provider?

We think RCN is the best internet provider for cheap internet, and AT&T is the best ISP for affordable gig-speed internet.

What is the cheapest TV provider?

RCN is the cheapest TV provider with a price per channel of $0.20, and Philo is the cheapest live TV streaming service at only $20 per month.

What is the best alternative to cable?

We recommend YouTube TV as the best alternative to cable because it costs less than most cable TV plans, has a month-to-month contract, and features an unlimited cloud DVR—every episode of the Law & Order universe, here we come!

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