Spectrum TV Packages, Prices, and Plans Review

Spectrum offers one base TV package: 125+ channels for $49.99/mo. Read on to learn about bundles and add-ons.

$500 contract buyout when you switch

Price: from $49.99–$164.97/mo.*

Channels: 125+

Popular channels: AMC, CNN, Discovery Channel, ESPN, FOX News, Hallmark Channel, HBO MaxTM, Lifetime, NFL Network, TBS, TNT, Univision, and more

Starting price Channels Popular channels Max. download speeds Spectrum TV app Optional DVR Details
Spectrum TV Select
Best TV plan
From $49.99/mo.* 125+ ESPN, Hallmark Channel, and more N/A Included From $13.98/mo. View plan
Internet + TV Select
Best bundle
From $99.98/mo. 125+ ESPN, CNN, BBC America Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) Included From $13.98/mo. View plan

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. See full disclaimer.

Is Spectrum TV good?

We recommend Spectrum TV for folks who want premium channels like HBO MaxTM or SHOWTIME®, and reasonably priced TV and internet bundles.

Spectrum’s base channel count is pretty low (125+ for $49.99/mo.) compared to other cable TV providers, and its DVR service isn’t anything to shout about. But factor in that Spectrum will buy out your contract up to $500, and we’re sufficiently impressed. We even gave Spectrum our Editorial Choice Award for Best Value.

Spectrum TV pros and cons

Pros

  • No contracts
  • Contract buyout
  • All channels in HD
  • Thousands of on-demand movies and shows

Cons

  • À la carte channel packs
  • Confusing DVR options

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Spectrum TV deals and promotions

Spectrum has all sorts of deals, including a $500 contract buyout and a free cable modem. And from now until December 7, 2023, all Spectrum TV customers get 12 months of free Peacock Premium. To check out a full list of promotions, head over to our Spectrum deals page.

Spectrum TV packages and pricing

Starting price Channels Popular channels Max. download speeds Spectrum TV app Optional DVR Details
Spectrum TV Select $49.99/mo.* 125+ ESPN, Hallmark Channel, and more N/A Included From $13.98/mo. View plan

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Spectrum has one base English-language TV plan, Spectrum TV Select. On the plan, you’ll get 125+ basic cable and network channels like ABC, ESPN, and Comedy Central. We really like Spectrum TV Select because it costs about as much as a live TV streaming service during your first year, and you’ll get slightly more channels.

Spectrum TV Select is Spectrum’s sole TV plan and it includes 125+ network and basic cable channels. But if you’re interested in additional premium cable channels like HBO Max ($15.00 a month) and SHOWTIME ($10.00 a month), you can add them à la carte to your plan during the checkout process. And remember, Spectrum has no-contract plans—at no extra charge, whereas other carriers charge a premium for that kind of freedom.

Keep in mind that your payment may increase by up to $25 (depending on your plan) in the second year. But since Spectrum has no contracts, you can call a Spectrum rep and request a new promotional rate in exchange for your continued business. There are no guarantees—but it’s worth a shot.

But if you’re interested in more premium cable channels, you’ll have to sit down and do a little paperwork. Unlike most cable TV providers, Spectrum broke up all of its channels into à la carte channel packs. Instead of upgrading your cable plan, you’ll subscribe to TV Select and add on the channel packs your family is interested in.

Pro tip: Some Spectrum customers can get cheaper live TV with a streaming service called Spectrum TV Choice. It doesn’t come with nearly as many cable channels, but it only costs $29.99 per month.

Spectrum TV add-on packs

Plan Price Popular channels
Entertainment View $12.00/mo. OWN, Cooking Channel, NFL Network
Sports View $6.00/mo. NFL RedZone, MLB Network
Latino View $12.00/mo. Programming from Mexico, Latin America and Spain
HBO Max $15.00/mo. Eight HBO channels and HBO Max
SHOWTIME $10.00/mo. SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME On Demand
STARZ® $9.00/mo. STARZ, STARZ ENCORE®

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. See full disclaimer.

Once you pick a TV plan, bundling is a snap because Spectrum bundles have a little bit for everyone. Want premium channels included with your TV package? Add premium cable packs—which includes HBO Max, NFL Network, and SHOWTIME—with high-speed internet. Are you a rabid sports fan? Get the Sports View add-on and bundle it with Spectrum cable TV and internet to channel surf for games while you surf the internet for stats and news.

And, unlike live TV streaming services, with Spectrum you’ll get all your favorite channels in crisp HD and be able to manage all your TV and internet activities from one account.

Entertainment View covers the expected bases for a mid-tier basic cable plan. Along with typical channels like Comedy Central and CNN, you’ll get additional basic cable channels like Cooking Channel and Disney XD with Entertainment View. At $61.99 monthly for your first year, the TV Select and Entertainment View bundle is also in the same price range as other standalone plans from competitors.

Although you might save a little money if you’re willing to forgo certain channels, these savings quickly evaporate if you add more than a few channel packs.

Get the channels you want. Check out our Spectrum channel lineups page.

Spectrum bundles and pricing

Plans Starting price Channels Popular channels Max download speeds Phone service Details
Spectrum TV Select + Internet From $99.98/mo. for 12 mos. 125+ AMC, ESPN, Hallmark Channel, and more Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) N/A View plan
Spectrum TV Select + Internet + Voice From $114.97/mo. for 12 mos. 125+ AMC, ESPN, Hallmark Channel, and more Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) $14.99/mo. View plan

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Customers typically get a cable TV and internet bundle for an obvious reason: it’s less work. Spectrum doesn’t offer discounts on bundles, so you’ll just add the price for each service to get your final promotional pricing.

Along with cable TV, these bundles will get you internet service with download speeds up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary), no data caps, a free modem, free antivirus software, and free access to Wi-Fi access points nationwide.

Spectrum Spanish-language TV packages and pricing

Starting price Channels Popular channels Spectrum TV app Optional DVR Details
Mi Plan Latino From $34.99/mo. for 12 mos. 140+ channels (including 75+ Spanish channels) Telemundo, Univision, CNN en Español, and more Included From $13.98/mo. View plan

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. See full disclaimer.

Spectrum offers one Spanish-language package, with shows from Latin America, Mexico, and Spain. Though the channel lineups aren’t completely the same, this package is a bit more affordable than its English-only counterpart.

Spectrum TV equipment and features

TBH, Spectrum’s TV equipment isn’t that great compared to other cable providers like Xfinity. But Spectrum TV does have a lot of cool features that may offset its subpar equipment for some folks.

Spectrum TV remote control

Spectrum DVR

How did you ever live without DVR service? The ability to pause a show, skip commercials, and record one channel while watching another really helps make TV fit your schedule. Spectrum must know this, ‘cause the provider gives you a choice of DVR types.

The Spectrum HD TV box with DVR ($8.99 a month) is not required to watch your Spectrum channels—you can use the Spectrum TV app for no charge. You’ll also have to pay for the actual DVR functionality. It’s $4.99 per month for one TV or $9.99 a month for two or more TVs.

You can go without DVR service and pay only for the HD TV box, but then you’ll have to endure commercials again.

Spectrum Arris DVR device on a shelf

Our Spectrum TV experience

CableTV.com team member Manuel has the Spectrum TV Select plan. Even with 125+ channels at his fingertips, Manuel passed on the Spectrum HD TV box and went for the Spectrum TV App instead.

Manuel says, “Because I stream with the Spectrum TV app, I didn’t need any hardware for my TV service. I can easily watch live sports and events on my TV, phone, or web browser without the bulky equipment.

“The app’s video quality seems normal, and it’s been reliable whenever I need it. Going without a Spectrum receiver works just fine for me—and I save $8.99 a month.”

Pro tip: To avoid rude surprises on your Spectrum bill, check out our guide to the Hidden Costs of Spectrum. It explains broadcast service charges, equipment fees, late payment fees, and more.

Spectrum TV app

Another way that you can make TV fit your schedule is by using the Spectrum TV app, a free perk of your Spectrum TV package.

With the Spectrum TV app, you can watch your Spectrum channels, on-demand shows, and DVR recordings in your home while connected to your Spectrum home Wi-Fi network. You can also watch on the go with two out-of-home streams available, but there’s no downloading for offline viewing, and some content is blocked due to licensing restrictions.

At home or away, you can set DVR recordings, favorite channels, and parental controls through the app.

The app is available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, and it’s compatible with bunch of streaming devices, including Apple TV (4th gen, 4K), Roku players (3rd gen), Android (5.0+), and Apple/iOS (12+).

For more on the Spectrum TV app, read our full review.

On-demand and live TV guide screenshots from Spectrum TV app

Free HD channels

Unlike most cable providers and all live TV streaming services, Spectrum offers all of its channels in high definition (HD). We like this feature because not only will you avoid buffering (sorry live TV streaming), but you’ll get a clear picture no matter what channel you’re watching.

Spectrum on-screen guide

Multiroom viewing

We also like that Spectrum doesn’t require you to use more than one cable box to watch TV in other rooms. It’s cheaper and less cumbersome than competitors like DISH and DIRECTV, which require more cable boxes for additional fees.

Parental controls

You got them free premium channels included with your TV package, but what about your curious kids? If you’re like most parents, you’ll appreciate the ability to manage what your kids watch and when they watch it with your Spectrum TV parental controls.

Spectrum TV vs. the competition

In our 2022 customer satisfaction survey, Survey placed 6th out of 11 TV providers—DIRECTV STREAM, DIRECTV, Xfinity, Verizon, and DISH all beat it out for overall customer satisfaction.

Of the 502 Spectrum customers we surveyed, 52% scored their overall customer with Spectrum as completely or very satisfied. So while some people love their Spectrum service, it’s a middle-of-the-road TV option when compared to other providers that may be in your area.

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Spectrum TV channels

Depending on the channels you want, you could choose a basic Spectrum package (Spectrum TV Select has 125+ channels) or an add-on channel pack filled with every Disney and Nickelodeon channel, plus HBO Max, NFL Network, and SHOWTIME.

Not sure which package has the channels you need? Compare specific Spectrum TV channel lineups to see which Spectrum TV add-on is right for you and your household. Or read on to learn more about Spectrum sports packages, premium channels, and bundles.

Spectrum sports channels and packages

One of the top reasons to get cable TV is live sports. Spectrum TV Select will get you must-have channels like ESPN and FOX Sports, and if you need more sports, you can always upgrade your Spectrum TV package with sports add-ons like FOX Soccer Plus and MLS Direct Kick.

Final take: Is Spectrum TV worth it?

Despite its tiny channel count, we think Spectrum TV service is worth it for most folks.

Here’s why: Spectrum gives you a lot for your money with all-HD channels, a wealth of on-demand content, two DVR options, and the Spectrum TV app. You can feel comfortable you’re getting your money’s worth signing up for Spectrum TV service.

Spectrum TV FAQ

How much is Spectrum TV a month?

Spectrum standalone TV plan costs $49.99 a month. You can also add additional basic cable and premium cable channel packs for between $6.00 and $15.00/mo.

What is the cheapest Spectrum TV package?

TV Select is the cheapest Spectrum TV package starting at $49.99 per month for 125+ HD channels including ESPN, Discovery Channel, CNN, HGTV, Lifetime, TLC, and many more. You can bundle TV Select with Spectrum Internet for $99.98 per month.

What is the best Spectrum package?

TV Select + Internet offers the best TV and internet from Spectrum, starting at $99.98 a month. This bundle comes with download speeds up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) and 125+ HD channels. You can also add the Entertainment View channel pack for 80+ additional cable channels for $12.00/mo.

Can you get Spectrum TV without internet service?

You don’t have to sign up for internet to get Spectrum TV. Spectrum has the TV Select standalone TV plan priced at $49.99 a month (for 12 months) and all 125+ channels are in HD.

What is Spectrum On Demand?

Spectrum On Demand is a collection of movies and shows that you can watch free with your Spectrum TV subscription.

Is Spectrum On Demand free?

Yes, Spectrum On Demand is included free with your Spectrum TV subscription.

Does Spectrum offer Disney+?

No, Spectrum does not offer Disney+, which is a separate streaming TV service. But the Apple TV device that comes with Spectrum’s cloud DVR service supports Disney+. So you’ll still have to pay for Disney+, but you’ll already have a streaming device that supports it.

Can I watch Spectrum TV without a cable box?

Spectrum TV customers get free access to the Spectrum TV App, which enables you to use your Spectrum login credentials to watch live and on-demand TV anywhere. You can watch on your phone or by casting to another supported device.

The app is available on Samsung Smart TVs, and Xbox One, as well as the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon.

Does Spectrum offer a senior discount?

Spectrum offers a senior discount through Spectrum Internet® Assist. The program offers affordable high-speed Internet to customers aged 65 or older who currently receive Supplemental Security Income and aren’t already Spectrum Internet® customers. (You can also qualify for Spectrum Internet® Assist if one of your household members qualifies for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the Community Eligibility Provision of the NSLP.)

If you think you might qualify for Spectrum Internet® Assist, fill out an application form from Spectrum. Once approved, you’ll be eligible for a plan up to 30 Mbps (speeds may vary) for $14.99 per month for 12 month that includes a free modem, free antivirus software, no data caps, and no contracts. Spectrum also offers a Wi-Fi router rental for an additional $5 per month. (*WiFi is an additional $5 a month.)”

What channels are included in Spectrum packages?

In Spectrum TV Select ($49.99 a month for 12 months, 125+ channels), you’ll get your local channels plus popular cable channels like AMC, Discovery Channel, FX, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, TBS, TNT, and more.

Where is Spectrum available?

You can find Spectrum in 44 states. For a full list, check out our Spectrum availability page. Or enter your zip code below to see all the providers in your area.

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Is Spectrum still owned by Charter?

Charter Communications uses the trade name Spectrum for its TV, internet, voice, and mobile services. You may also see some people refer to Spectrum as Charter Spectrum.

Methodology

Our TV experts have spent hundreds of hours researching and testing Spectrum TV service in order to help you make an informed decision before you sign up. For more information on our process, see our “How We Rank” page.

Disclaimer

Spectrum TV Select: Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum TV® Select promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges (broadcast surcharge up to $21.00/mo) extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra. General Terms: TV: TV equipment required; charges may apply. Channel and HD programming availability based on level of service. Account credentials may be required to stream some TV content online. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. Enter your address to determine availability. ©2022 Charter Communications.

Spectrum Internet + TV Select + Voice: Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum TV® Select promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Spectrum Internet® promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Spectrum Voice®: Price is $14.99/mo when bundled. Taxes, fees and surcharges (broadcast surcharge up to $21.00/mo) extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra. General Terms: INTERNET: Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. TV: TV equipment required; charges may apply. Channel and HD programming availability based on level of service. Account credentials may be required to stream some TV content online. HOME PHONE: Unlimited calling includes calls within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and more. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. Enter your address to determine availability. ©2022 Charter Communications.

Spectrum Internet + TV Select: Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum TV® Select promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Spectrum Internet® promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges (broadcast surcharge up to $21.00/mo) extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra. General Terms: INTERNET: Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. TV: TV equipment required; charges may apply. Channel and HD programming availability based on level of service. Account credentials may be required to stream some TV content online. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. Enter your address to determine availability. ©2022 Charter Communications.

Mi Plan Latino: Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Mi Plan Latino promotion price is $34.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr 1. Mi Plan Latino and Internet is $84.98/mo; standard rates apply after yr 1. Mi Plan Latino, Internet and Home Phone is $99.97/mo; standard rates apply after yr 1. Spectrum TV Select and Latino View is $61.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges (broadcast surcharge up to $21.00/mo) extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra. General Terms: INTERNET: Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. TV: TV equipment required for each TV that gets Spectrum TV Latino for an additional monthly charge. Channel and HD programming availability based on level of service. Account credentials may be required to stream some TV content online. HOME PHONE: Unlimited calling includes calls within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and more. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. Enter your address to determine availability. ©2022 Charter Communications.

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