Xfinity Preferred Channel Lineup: Channels, Premium Add-ons, and More

We spent hundreds of hours researching Xfinity Preferred and found that it has a decent channel lineup for the price. Read on to see if it's right for you.

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Price: $69.99–$80.00

Channels: 185+

Popular channels: STARZ ENCORE, ESPN, TNT, and more

Xfinity Preferred is the TV service provider’s middle-of-the-road TV package in its northeast and central regions. We recommend the Xfinity Preferred plan for most folks because it offers lots of popular channels at a good value.

Depending on which area of the US you live in, Xfinity may advertise this package with 185 channels, but you might get more channels.

The table below lists all of the channels included in Preferred. After the table, you can read more about Preferred’s channels—and all of the sweet add-ons you can add for an extra fee.

Looking for a specific channel? If you are using a laptop or computer press Ctrl + F (or Command + F on Macs) and type in the channel name. If Xfinity Preferred offers that channel you will be shown which package(s) it’s part of.

Xfinity Preferred full channel lineup (northeast and central regions)

Channels Preferred
185+ channels
Limited Basic/Choice
10+ channels
Extra
125+ channels
Premier
185+ channels
A&E
ABC
afro
AMC
American Heroes Channel (AHC)
Animal Planet
ASPiRE
AT&T Sportsnet
BBC America
BBC World News
BET Her
Big Ten Network
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Bloomberg
BNC
Bravo
Cartoon Network
CBS
CBS Sports Network
Cleo TV
CNBC
CNN
Comedy Central
Comedy.TV
Cooking Channel
C-SPAN
C-SPAN2
C-SPAN3
Destination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery Family Channel
Discovery Life Channel
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
E!
EPIX
EPIX 2
EPIX Drive-In
EPIX Hits
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNews
ESPNU
Eternal Word Televisoin Network (EWTN)
Flix
Food Network
FOX
Fox Business
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
Freeform
FX
FX Movie Channel
FXX
FYI Channel
G4
GAC Famliy
Galavision
Game Show Network (GSN)
Golf Channel
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HBO
History
HLN
Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
HSN
i24 News English
IFC
INSP
Investigation Discovery
ION
JBS
Jewelry Television
Justice Central
Lifetime
Lifetime Movies
Logo
MLB Network
MotorTrend
MSNBC
MTV
MTV Live
MTV2
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic
NBA TV
NBC
NBC Sports
Newsmax TV
NewsNation
NFL Network
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Nick Too
Nickelodeon
Nicktoons
Olympic Channel
Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
Outdoor Channel
Ovation
Oxygen
Paramount Network
PBS
POP
QVC
QVC2
QVC3
Recipe TV
ReelzChannel
Revolt
Science Channel
ScreenPix
ScreenPix Action
ScreenPix Voices
SEC Network
ShopHQ
SHOWTIME
Smithsonian
Sportsman Channel
Sundance TV
SYFY
TBS
Teen Nick
Tennis Channel
The Africa Channel
The CW
THE MOVIE CHANNEL
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
truTV
TUDN
TV Land
TV One
Universal Kids
Universo
Univision
UPtv
USA Network
VH1
Vice
WE tv
Weather Channel
Z Living
Zona Futbol

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

Sports channels available with Xfinity Preferred

Preferred has 23 sports channels, and all but two (Olympic Channel and Stadium) are HD channels. Pretty much every sport is covered, even disc golf (thanks, ESPN2!), so Preferred is the package for sports fans.

  • AT&T Sports Networks
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • FOX Sports 1 (FS1)
  • FOX Sports 2 (FS2)
  • MLB Network
  • MOTOR TREND
  • NBA TV
  • NBCSN
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel*
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Pac-12 Network
  • SEC Network
  • Stadium*
  • Tennis Channel
  • The Golf Channel
  • The Sportsman Channel
  • TUDN
  • Zona Fútbol

* SD only

Educational and kids’ channels available with Xfinity Preferred

Preferred has 22 popular educational and kids’ channels. All but four of them broadcast in HD. Compared to the next plan down, Starter, there’s a lot more for your kids to watch. That’ll be great for families with lots of little ones to please.

  • Animal Planet
  • Babyfirst TV
  • Cartoon Network
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Family Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Kids Street
  • Nat Geo WILD
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nick Music*
  • Nick Too
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • PBS*
  • PBS Kids*
  • Primo TV*
  • Science Channel
  • Smithsonian Network
  • Teen Nick
  • Universal Kids

* SD only

Inclusion and diversity channels available with Xfinity Preferred

Taste the rainbow! Preferred includes a total of 27 channels focused on stories for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, Spanish speakers, and women. Fifteen of these are HD channels. It’s a bit of a drag that there’s only one LGBTQ+ channel, but you can add more with Xfinity’s HERE TV on-demand add-on ($7.99 a month).

  • AFRO
  • Aspire*
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • BET Jams
  • BETSOUL
  • First Nations Experience*
  • Impact Network*
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movies Network (LMN)
  • LOGO*
  • NHK*
  • Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
  • Oxygen
  • Primo TV*
  • Telemundo*
  • Telexitos*
  • TUDN
  • TV Azteca*
  • UniMás*
  • Univision*
  • UNIVERSO
  • WeTV
  • Zona Fútbol

* SD only

Xfinity Latino channels

As you’ve already read, Preferred comes standard with nine Spanish-language channels. If you want más TV en Español, consider adding Xfinity’s Latino channel bundle. You’ll get up to 60 more channels (see sampling below) for $9.99 a month for the first year ($16.95 per month after).

  • Cine Latino
  • Cine Mexicano
  • Cine Sony
  • CNN en Español
  • Discovery en Español
  • Discovery Familia
  • ESPN Deportes
  • Fox Deportes
  • Galavisión
  • History en Español
  • Pasiones
  • Telemundo
  • TUDN
  • Universo
  • Univision

Xfinity premium channel packages

Premium channels—drool. I mean, do you really have cable if you don’t have at least one of the top-shelf premium networks like HBO®? (That’s rhetorical, but feel free to debate that with a friend.) Here’s Xfinity’s premium-channels menu—with prices (so there are no surprises)!

  • CINEMAX ($12.00/mo.)
  • Deportes ($5.00/mo.)
  • EPIX ($5.99/mo.)
  • HBO® Max ($15.00/mo.)
  • More Sports & Entertainment with NFL RedZone ($9.99/mo.)
  • NFL RedZone ($9.99/mo.)
  • Playboy TV ($19.99/mo.)
  • SHOWTIME® ($12.00/mo.)
  • STARZ ($8.99/mo.)
  • STREAMPIX ($4.99/mo.)
  • TMC ($12.00/mo.)

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

Xfinity on-demand packages

Remember a little bit ago where we suggested adding the HERE TV on-demand pack for more LGBTQ+ movies and shows? Well, you can add more stiff-upper-lip Brit-watch, anime, animal, fitness, educational, kid stuff, definitely not-for-kids stuff, and more with Xfinity’s on-demand add-ons.

  • ACORN TV ($5.99/mo.)
  • AMC+ ($4.99/mo.)
  • Anime Network ($6.99/mo.)
  • Curiosity Stream ($2.99/mo.)
  • Disney Story Central ($4.99/mo.)
  • DOGTV ($4.99/mo.)
  • HERE TV ($7.99/mo.)
  • History Vault ($4.99/mo.)
  • HITZ ($12.00/mo.)
  • KidStream ($4.99/mo.)
  • HERE TV ($7.99/mo.)
  • Lifetime Movie Club ($3.99/mo.)
  • Pantaya ($5.99/mo.)
  • Eros Now ($12.99/mo.)
  • Filipino on Demand ($7.99/mo.)
  • FitFusion ($6.99/mo.)
  • Gaia ($9.99/mo.)
  • GAIAM ($6.99/mo)
  • Grokker ($6.99/mo.)
  • Stingray Classica ($6.99/mo.)
  • Stingray Karaoke ($6.99/mo.)
  • TumblebooksTV ($4.99/mo.)
  • UP Faith & Family ($4.99/mo.)
  • WeTV+ ($4.99/mo.)

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

Get these on-demand channels

If Xfinity’s Preferred package doesn’t seem right for you, have a look at these channel lineups.

Xfinity Preferred channel lineup FAQ

What is the difference between Xfinity Preferred and Xfinity Digital Preferred?

Xfinity Preferred has a 12-month term agreement, while Xfinity Digital Preferred has no- term agreement but at a higher monthly price (up to 33%). If you value your freedom, Digital Preferred is the way to go. If you value, uh, value—go for Preferred and save some bucks.

Did Xfinity drop STARZ?

Xfinity did not drop STARZ. You can still add the premium network to your Xfinity channel package for an additional $8.99 a month.

Does Xfinity have the Outdoor Channel?

Xfinity offers the Outdoor Channel in its Preferred and Premier packages.

What channels are included in basic cable from Comcast/Xfinity?

Xfinity’s basic cable TV packages have your local broadcast channels and their subchannels. But you can get all of the same channels with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna, which costs a one-time payment of $20–$60 instead of monthly payments to Xfinity. We like the Mohu Leaf Plus.

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