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Xfinity Channel Lineup: Preferred

Price for TV plans: $19.99–$299.95

Channels: 288

Popular channels included: STARZ ENCORE, ESPN, History, NFL Network, TBS, TNT, USA

Xfinity Preferred is the next package up from Starter. In Xfinity’s We count 288 total channels in the package, which is a lot of extra 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.

Filter channels by category:
  • All
  • Popular Channels
  • Movies
  • Sports
  • Kids & Family
  • Educational
  • News
  • A&E
  • ABC
  • Altitude Sports
  • AMC
  • American Heroes Channel
  • Animal Planet
  • BabyFirst Americas
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • BET Jams
  • BET Soul
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Boomerang
  • Bravo
  • BYU-TV
  • BYUtv International
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Centric
  • CMT Music
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Cooking Channel
  • C-SPAN
  • C-SPAN 2
  • C-SPAN 3
  • CW
  • Daystar
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Family Channel
  • Discovery Life Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY Network
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • Esquire Network
  • EVINE Live
  • EWTN
  • FLIX East
  • FM
  • Food Network
  • FOX
  • Fox Business Network
  • FOX News Channel
  • FOX Sports 1
  • Freeform
  • Fuse
  • FX
  • FX Movie Channel
  • FXX
  • fyi
  • Galavision
  • Golf Channel
  • Government Access
  • Great American Country
  • GSN
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • HSN
  • HSN2
  • IFC
  • IndiePlex
  • INSP
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Jewelry TV
  • Lifetime
  • LMN
  • Logo
  • MGM HD
  • MLB Network
  • MoviePlex
  • msnbc
  • MTV
  • MTV Classic
  • MTV Live HD
  • MTV TR3s
  • MTV2
  • MyTV
  • Nat Geo WILD
  • National Geographic
  • NBA TV
  • NBC
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NBC Universo
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nick Music
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Ovation
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Pac-12 Network
  • PBS
  • QVC
  • Reelz Channel
  • RetroPlex
  • Revolt
  • RFD-TV
  • Science
  • SEC Network
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Sprout
  • STARZ Encore Action West
  • STARZ Encore Black West
  • STARZ Encore Classic West
  • STARZ Encore Family
  • STARZ Encore Suspense West
  • STARZ Encore West
  • STARZ Encore Westerns West
  • SundanceTV West
  • SyFy
  • TBN
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • TeenNick
  • Tennis Channel
  • The Impact Network
  • The Weather Channel
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • TV Land
  • TV One
  • Universal HD
  • Univision Deportes Network
  • UP
  • USA Network
  • Velocity HD
  • VH1
  • WE
  • WGN America
  • Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel
  • No available channels for this category.

Popular channels available with Xfinity Preferred

Xfinity’s Preferred package has all* of the top 30 most popular channels. And 26 of those are high-definition (HD) channels. That’s one more HD channel than the next plan down, Starter.

(*Variety1 lists Adult Swim at #30, while Cartoon Network sits at #50 on the publication’s list. They’re separate networks, but Adult Swim airs at night on Cartoon Network. So Xfinity considers Cartoon Network a single channel.)

Top 30 Most-Watched Channels of 20191

  • CBS
  • NBC
  • ABC
  • FOX
  • Fox News
  • ESPN
  • ION*
  • HGTV
  • Univision*
  • Hallmark Channel
  • USA Network
  • Telemundo*
  • TLC
  • TBS
  • Discovery Channel
  • TNT
  • The CW*
  • A&E
  • Investigation Discovery
  • CNN
  • Food Network
  • Bravo
  • Nickelodeon
  • AMC
  • MeTV*
  • Lifetime
  • FX
  • Adult Swim

* SD only

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
  • FOX Sports 1 (FS1)
  • FOX Sports 2 (FS2)
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • 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
  • 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*
  • 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.

Pro tip: 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.

How can I watch Disney+ on Xfinity?

Disney+ is a streaming service, not a channel, so you can’t add it to your Xfinity cable TV package or watch it on Xfinity equipment like the X1 DVR.

You can, however, subscribe to Disney+ separately ($5.99 a month) and watch it on a different streaming device. Or take advantage of the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle and get all three services for $12.99 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.

What is Xfinity Flex?

Flex is a free streaming device and streaming service available to Xfinity internet customers (meaning you don’t already have an Xfinity TV package). With the Flex box, and its accompanying voice remote, you can watch hundreds of live channels and tons of on-demand movies through a variety of free (ad-supported) and paid streaming apps.

For more information on Xfinity Flex, read our review.

What channel is ABC on Xfinity?

Channel numbers for local broadcast affiliates like ABC vary with your location. Click on the link to find out your local ABC channel number on Xfinity TV service.

What channel is CBS on Xfinity?

CBS is a local broadcast affiliate, so its channel number isn’t the same for everyone. Click on the link to find out your local CBS channel number on Xfinity TV service.

What channel is NBC on Xfinity?

Channel numbers for local broadcast affiliates like NBC vary with your location. Click the link to find out your local NBC channel number on Xfinity TV service.

What channel is FOX on Xfinity?

FOX and other local broadcast affiliates have different channel numbers in different areas. Click on the link to find out your local FOX channel number on Xfinity TV service.

What channel is CNN on Xfinity?

CNN (HD) is channel 1111 on Xfinity.

What channel is FOX News on Xfinity?

FOX News (HD) is channel 1110 on Xfinity.

What channel is HBO on Xfinity?

HBO (HD) is channel 1802 on Xfinity.


1. Variety, “Most-Watched Television Networks: Ranking 2019’s Winners and Losers,” December 2019. Accessed December 4, 2020.

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