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Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV at a glance

Sparklight—previously known as Cable ONE—has tidy little cable TV packages. While Sparklight won’t box you into a yearly contract, that flexibility will cost you another handful of dollar bills than most cable companies charge.

Best Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV package

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Best for no-contract cable
Standard TV
$84/mo.100 channelsView plans

The Standard TV pack is the best TV option Sparklight offers. You’ll get 100 popular cable channels with no annual contract—other TV providers would chain you up with one for a year or more. If you’re someone who starts singing Queen’s “I Want to Break Free” out of nowhere, we think you’ll appreciate the flexibility here.

Sparklight (Cable ONE) pros & cons

Pros

  • No annual contracts
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Limited-time discounts when you bundle TV with internet or phone service

Cons

  • Overpriced TV packages
  • Data caps that make Digital Value Pack impractical
  • No Viacom channels

Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV packages and pricing

Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV packages

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Economy Cable TV$40/mo.20 channelsView plans
Standard Cable TV$84/mo.100 channelsView plans
Digital Value Pack$15/mo.27 channelsView plans

Data as of 2/6/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

 

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If you’re wondering why we listed the cheap Digital Value Pack last, that’s because it’s an add-on package. You can only get it if you sign up for both Standard TV and a Sparklight internet package.

The Digital Value Pack is an online streaming service that comes with a selection of channels like ESPNU, Disney Junior, and Big Ten Network. But you won’t find local channels, ESPN, or Disney Channel here.

While the Digital Value Pack is only another $15 per month, be careful—because this package uses internet data, you’ll want to watch for Sparklight’s overage fees.

Sparklight’s other little package, Economy TV, is focused on local channels. It will keep you plugged into primetime and local news, but $40 per month is a pretty steep price for locally broadcast networks. You could get those channels with no monthly payments if you buy an HDTV antenna (we recommend the Mohu ReLeaf on Amazon*).

Finally, the Standard TV plan is the way to go for awesome networks like ESPN, Hallmark Channel, Disney, and HGTV. But be aware that—even at this highest tier—Sparklight doesn’t offer Viacom channels like MTV and Nickelodeon. And is TV even TV without Jersey Shore?

. . .

Yeah, you don’t need to answer that.

These exclusions don’t make the Standard TV package any more affordable. You can get a similar standard package from DISH or DIRECTV for about $20 per month cheaper. We suggest going that route if bang for your buck is your top priority.

But Sparklight is the better option if you’re thinking of moving soon. Those satellite TV companies each have a two-year contract, whereas Sparklight plans don’t have contracts, so you can leave at any time without paying an early termination fee.

Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV + internet packages

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Economy TV & Starter 100 Plus Internet Bundle$79/mo.$82/mo.100 Mbps20 channelsView plans
Preferred Package with Starter 100 Plus$95/mo.$134/mo.100 Mbps100 channelsView plans
Preferred 2 Pack Bundle with 200 Mbps Plus$105/mo.$144/mo.200 Mbps100 channelsView plans
Preferred 2 Pack Bundle with 300 Mbps Plus$120/mo.$159/mo.300 Mbps100 channelsView plans

†Economy TV & Starter 100 Plus Internet Bundle maintains its $79/mo. price for the first 12 mos.
Data as of 2/6/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

You can save some cash for the first six months when you bundle your Sparklight TV with internet. But be careful of Sparklight’s internet data caps, which might end up costing you (see our Sparklight internet review for all the gory details on that nonsense).

Sparklight also bundles TV plans with phone service. To see all your mix-and-match options, head over to our Sparklight bundles review.

Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV equipment

You’ll need some equipment to support your Sparklight TV plan. Luckily, you can rent it at an affordable price or bring your own.

Sparklight’s DVRs cost $15 per month, which is about average for DVR leasing. We recommend going with its TiVo Premiere Q option, which can record four shows at once and store up to 650 hours. That’s over 27 full days of TV—longer if you factor in the breaks you’ll need to take to eat and sleep.

But watch out—Sparklight also has an unbranded HD-DVR receiver, and the company doesn’t share any stats for it. That’s weirdly shady for our tastes, so we recommend you ask for the TiVo Premiere Q to avoid getting an inferior product.

Or you can bring your own DVR to the mix when you rent a CableCARD for $2.95 per month. That’s a nice deal if you’ve got an old TiVo lying around.

Should you want to pass on a DVR entirely, you can get an HD receiver for $7 per month. You’ll need to get one receiver for every TV—or save cash by learning a bit about cable splitters.

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Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV perks, cool stuff, and deals

Sparklight, formerly Cable ONE, doesn’t have any hot TV deals right now, but we’ll update this section when they do.

Our final take on Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV

Despite its luminous name, Sparklight dulls in comparison to its satellite TV competitors, DISH and DIRECTV. With Sparklight’s overpriced packages and tiny channel lineups, it’s not for everyone.

But if you need only a few months of TV service to tide you over before a big move, it’s not a bad choice to save you from other providers’ super-long contracts.

Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV FAQ

Is Sparklight TV the same as Cable ONE TV?

You nailed it—Sparklight TV is the new name for Cable ONE TV. The company made the switch mid-2019.

Does Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV require a contract?

No, Sparklight TV plans are all contract-free, which makes it a good choice if you need TV service for only a short time. You can cancel Sparklight service at any time without facing a high-price early termination fee.

What is Sparklight (Cable ONE) TV Everywhere?

Sparklight TV Everywhere is Sparklight’s on-the-go TV service. It has over 60 channels and comes with the Standard Cable TV package.

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Rachel has spent the past two years at CableTV.com writing articles that demystify hidden fees, DVRs, sound systems, and more. She makes door-to-door DISH and DIRECTV salespeople uncomfortable with her in-depth questions—but if that’s what it takes to get you the best TV experience, she’s happy to do it. In addition to writing for CableTV.com, Rachel’s work has been featured on Roku.com, TechGuySmartBuy.com, HowtoWatch.com, and SatelliteInternet.com.

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