How to get the best cable deal for your home
Finding the best cable plan can be quite the task. It’s a combination of comparison shopping and, to be honest, good luck. You can spend hours on the phone with a representative only to be disconnected by accident. You can also be given incorrect information, or, in not reading the fine print, hitch yourself to a deal that isn’t a deal at all.
Figuring out which cable subscription plan is best is important, but knowing what “best” means to you is equally important. If you don’t have a lot of time to watch television, you likely won’t want to spring for a premium cable package. If TV is your life, spending more to get more is a no-brainer.
DirectTV can boast that they have the most subscribers of any cable provider. Their customer service is also well-respected in the business year after year. Depending on where you live, DirectTV will oftentimes partner with AT&T to provide bundles, though it merits mention that there are also packages without bundles. Again, it’s all about what you want and are willing to pay for.
While it’s true that DirectTV requires a two-year contract, signing up for one will cut the cost of the service nearly in half — $90/month down to $50/month for the first year. With that level of subscription, you gain access to over 145 channels, including 46 movie channels for the first three months. You also get equipment for up to four rooms, as well as a DVR. At the top of the DirectTV price bracket, ($125/month, regularly $187/month) is an option where you can get access to over 315 channels, as well as NFL Sunday Ticket. If you’re a football junkie, DirectTV is definitely the way you want to go.
Xfinity (Comcast) ranges anywhere from $30 for 45 channels to $70 for 260 channels, a deal which includes several movie channels. Internet and cable packages are also offered, with reasonable prices starting around $30 for basic cable and Internet to $110 for access to over 260 channels and subscription to premium services like HBO, Showtime, and STARZ. Xfinity bundles now can come with Fios X1, which allows users to access Netflix, and which also has a voice control option — so you can live life hands-free and simply tell your TV which show to start!
Moving? No sweat. Just tell Xfinity when your move is and they’ll work with you to make sure your service moves wherever you do.
If you live in a part of the country where AT&T’s U-Verse is available, you may want to check out their $65 (plus tax) bundle of cable and Internet which includes 200+ channels plus up to 50Mbps Internet speeds and unlimited data. As a bonus, there’s no activation fee (a $35 value) when you sign up online! For $84.99 a month, you get all of the aforementioned services as well as digital home phone service.
If you’re just looking for a cable package, U-Verse packages range from $35 to $110 per month, all of which include DVR. The lowest tier package offers 200+ channels, with HBO and Cinemax for 3 months, while the highest package offers a whopping 500+ channels with unlimited HBO, STARZ, Showtime, and Cinemax. Similar to the cable and Internet bundles, if you sign up online, you can save $35 on the activation fee! Not bad, huh?
Cox Cable may provide the cheapest deal on bare-bones cable (10+ channels plus local channels) at $25 a month, but they also have an ultimate package of 200+ channels plus Digital TV at $150 a month.
Cox Cable plus Internet bundles cost anywhere from $89.99 (regularly $193) to $129.99 (regularly $306) a month. The lowest-tier bundle includes 100Mbps download speed, 140+ channels through Contour TV, and a great phone package that includes unlimited nationwide calling as well as unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico. The middle-tier package includes the same features, but with faster (300Mbps download) Internet, while the premium package has over 250 channels to choose from!
While prices may vary slightly from state to state, these deals are among the best subscriptions out there today. Deciding which provider and cable deal is best for your home doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Remember that you can always go online to check out deals, and you may even save money by signing up on the provider’s website.
Good luck, and happy watching!