Find the Right Cable TV Provider

Cable TV & streaming are changing every day, and with those changes come more entertainment options than ever before. HighSpeedOptions is here to help you navigate those choices. By entering your zip code into our localized search tool, we’re able to show you available TV providers near your address. To start, check out our top TV picks and discover additional TV resources below.

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$64.99-$139.99/mo$50/mo*$64.99/mo*$64.99/mo*$74.99/mo*$44.99-$94.99/mo$50/mo*$30.00-$89.99/mo
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Provider
Connection Types
Satellite/Streaming
TV Start Price
$64.99-$139.99/mo
Channel Count
65-330+
Contract Buyout
No
DVR Recordings
5
Best internet bundle discounts
Provider
Connection Types
Cable
TV Start Price
$50/mo*
Channel Count
200
Contract Buyout
No
DVR Recordings
6
Best TV channel lineup
Provider
Connection Types
Satellite
TV Start Price
$64.99/mo*
Channel Count
330
Contract Buyout
No
DVR Recordings
5
Best satellite TV provider
Provider
Connection Types
Satellite
TV Start Price
$64.99/mo*
Channel Count
290
Contract Buyout
No
DVR Recordings
16
Low pricing for high speeds
Provider
Connection Types
Cable
TV Start Price
$74.99/mo*
Channel Count
420
Contract Buyout
Yes
DVR Recordings
15
Best for no contracts
Provider
Connection Types
Cable
TV Start Price
$44.99-$94.99/mo
Channel Count
125-250+
Contract Buyout
Yes
DVR Recordings
6
Best fiber-optic provider
Provider
Connection Types
Fiber
TV Start Price
$50/mo*
Channel Count
425
Contract Buyout
Yes
DVR Recordings
2
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Provider
Connection Types
Cable
TV Start Price
$30.00-$89.99/mo
Channel Count
10-260+
Contract Buyout
No
DVR Recordings
6

Types of TV Technology

While you can access similar content across TV connections, each one has its own pros and cons to consider. For example, satellite TV is widely available, but it’s susceptible to interruptions due to extreme weather. On the other hand, cable TV is more stable, but it costs more than satellite on average. You can also expect channel count, availability, and pricing to vary, too, depending on your location. HighSpeedOptions gathers the best options near you to help make your decision easier.

Popular Channel Add-ons

Cable packages are priced by the number of channels offered. Everything from On Demand movies to Live Sports packages can impact your total monthly cost depending on which provider you choose. Some of the most popular premium channels are:

Premium Cable
  • HBO Max
  • Showtime
  • Cinemax
  • EPIX
  • STARZ/ENCORE
  • The Movie Channel
Premium Sports
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • NBA TV
  • NHL Network
  • MLB Network
  • Pac-12 Network
Popular Channel Add-ons

What to Consider When Shopping for a TV Provider

Once you’ve identified available TV providers in your area, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty. You’ll want to consider a number of factors to help narrow down your search.

TV Packages
Depending on the provider you choose, you can expect to see a mix of basic cable, premium channels, Live Sports, On Demand movies, and streaming service subscriptions. Most providers offer customizable packages, so you get exactly what you need. DIRECTV offers the best TV packages that we’ve seen. Consider what type of content you want access to, and filter your options down from there.

DVR Experience
Aside from your actual TV package, you’ll want to consider the TV equipment your provider uses, too. Not all DVRs or set-top boxes are created equal. Some providers like DISH have a DVR that can record up to 16 shows at once, while others can only handle 5 shows at once. Consider the experience you expect to have before making your selection.

Cable Alternatives

If you’re not quite sold on traditional cable TV packages, a streaming service with Live TV is another popular (and growing) option. In fact, if your internet service accommodates streaming, most cable alternatives come with a free trial and offer benefits:

  • Lower monthly cost
  • Month-to-month contracts
  • Customizable channel options
Steaming Networks + Live TV:
  • YouTube TV
  • Sling TV
  • Hulu + Live TV
  • fuboTV
  • ESPN+
Top 5 Streaming Services:
  • Netflix
  • HBOMax
  • Disney+
  • Prime Video
  • Hulu
Cable Alternatives

Compare TV Providers

ProviderStarting PriceConnection TypeMax Channel Count
AT&T$64.99-$139.99/moSatellite/Streaming65-330+
BendBroadband$57.99/mo*Cable300
Buckeye Broadband$49.99/mo*Cable100
Cox$50/mo*Cable200
DISH$64.99/mo*Satellite290
DIRECTV$64.99/mo*Satellite330
MetroNet$33.81/mo*Cable/Fiber235
Optimum$74.99/mo*Cable420
Sparklight$40/mo*Cable100
Spectrum$44.99-$94.99/moCable125-250+
Suddenlink$34.99/mo*Cable340
Verizon$50/mo*Fiber425
Wave Broadband$29.95/mo*Cable200
Xfinity$30.00-$89.99/moCable10-260+
ProviderAT&T
Starting Price$64.99-$139.99/mo
Connection TypeSatellite/Streaming
Max Channel Count65-330+
ProviderBendBroadband
Starting Price$57.99/mo*
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count300
ProviderBuckeye Broadband
Starting Price$49.99/mo*
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count100
ProviderCox
Starting Price$50/mo*
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count200
ProviderDISH
Starting Price$64.99/mo*
Connection TypeSatellite
Max Channel Count290
ProviderDIRECTV
Starting Price$64.99/mo*
Connection TypeSatellite
Max Channel Count330
Provider
Starting Price
Connection Type
Max Channel Count
ProviderMetroNet
Starting Price$33.81/mo*
Connection TypeCable/Fiber
Max Channel Count235
ProviderOptimum
Starting Price$74.99/mo*
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count420
ProviderSparklight
Starting Price$40/mo*
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count100
ProviderSpectrum
Starting Price$44.99-$94.99/mo
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count125-250+
ProviderSuddenlink
Starting Price$34.99/mo*
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count340
ProviderVerizon
Starting Price$50/mo*
Connection TypeFiber
Max Channel Count425
ProviderWave Broadband
Starting Price$29.95/mo*
Connection TypeCable
Max Channel Count200

*TV service availability based on service address. All pricing varies by location and is subject to change at any time. Additional fees and terms may apply. As of 8/4/21

TV FAQs

Both cable and satellite TV give you access to local channels and national HD channels. The main differences are in price, installation, and equipment needed. Cable TV is delivered over coaxial cables. Satellite TV on the other hand is delivered via a satellite dish installed on your roof or property. Enter your zip code to see the options available in your area.

If you’re looking to save money, there are many alternatives to traditional cable service. If a limited channel lineup and lower monthly costs are what you’re searching for, browse streaming services here.

Also known as Ultra-HD TV, 4K TV is a TV service with a picture resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, roughly four times the resolution you get with regular HD TV. Viewers with 4K TV receive sharper, crisp images. However, you need a 4k TV and a TV provider that offers 4K programming to get it. These TVs are slightly more expensive than standard HD TVs but are worth it for the experience.

Most TV providers offer decent discounts to customers who bundle two or more services together. There is steep competition between providers, which leads them to offer special bundle deals. Typically you can see savings of up to $40 on your monthly bill when you pair internet and TV services together. 

Every provider advertises different packages with different pricing and promotional specials. However, cable TV starter plans typically range from $40-$100 depending on which provider you go with. To see plans available near you, enter your zip code.

Depending on where you live, pricing and availability will vary. Currently, SuddenLink offers the cheapest cable TV plan at 200+ channels for $40.00/mo. Other cheap TV plans include Spectrum’s 200+ channels for $44.99/mo. and Cox’s 75+ channels for $50.00/mo.