Enjoy Premium Entertainment With These Cheap TV Cable Plans

If you’ve recently moved, you probably have a long to-do list to get your new home ready. And if you’re a big TV watcher, that probably includes finding cheap cable. Today, there are dozens of TV service providers that offer affordable plans with the most popular channels for everyone in the family.

When you’re shopping for cable television, keep in mind that a lot of providers will claim that they offer the cheapest cable TV. In reality, a lot of cheap TV plans come with fees and extra costs that can add up quickly. Considering the notorious lack of competition in the industry, you might feel the outlook is bleak when it comes to finding cheap TV service.

There are options, however, which we’ll cover, along with the best TV providers and how to negotiate the best rate for your service.

Cox - TV Starter

At just $25/mo., it’s one of the most affordable cable options you’ll find. It’s also a great choice for people who have multiple TVs in their homes

Not only is Cox TV affordable, but you also get access to a lineup of over 75 channels. The most basic cable package allows you to watch all your local stations, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, and more. You can also get shopping networks like QVC and HSN, as well as a variety of music channels. If you want access to HD channels, you can rent a CableCARD™ from Cox for an added fee.

Xfinity: Choice Limited TV

Xfinity is probably one of the most well-known cable TV providers in the country. It has a pretty wide coverage area and is available in nearly 40 states. Xfinity does offer pricey cable packages if you’re looking for HD channels or specialty add-ons, but its most basic cable package sits at $30/mo.

But like the plan name states, one downside to Xfinity’s basic cable package is that it has very limited channels. You’ll only get access to 10 channels, like  NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and CW. This packing is the best for the basic TV watcher.

A major benefit to this service is that all customers get access to the Xfinity Stream TV app, which lets you watch thousands of on-demand shows and movies.

Charter Spectrum TV Select

Spectrum fell in the middle of our list, and we included it for a variety of reasons. For one, it’s still a relatively affordable option at $44.99/mo. That’s more expensive than Cox and Xfinity, but you’re getting a wider lineup of over 125 channels, like ESPN, TBS, TNT, USA, and more.

Cable TV packages from Spectrum also include free HD and free on-demand content. And if you bundle two or more Spectrum services, you can save a significant amount of money on your monthly bill

Mediacom: Internet 60 + Local TV

Mediacom’s cheapest cable TV package is a killer deal that has the added bonus of coming with bundled internet. For less than $50/mo., you can get access to over 50 channels and have internet with speeds of up to 60 Mbps. If you already have an internet plan, you can cancel it and save money by going with this all-in-one package. The downside to that is you’re not getting a huge lineup of channels.

With this cable and internet package, you also get access to the Xtream TV app, which lets you watch live TV or TiVo recordings from your mobile device, computer, or tablet. If taping your favorite shows is important, you’ll love that this package comes with 1,000 hours of TiVo DVR space.

Keep in mind that the website is pretty clear about added fees. On top of the monthly cost, you’ll also pay a monthly local broadcast station surcharge ranging from $13.45 to $20.38.

All in all, to get cable TV, shop around to find the package that fits your needs and your budget. Most providers allow you to choose a package and pay online instantly. You’ll also be able to choose add-on channels and schedule an appointment to have your equipment installed.

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