12 Best Cable Deals (2018) — Top Offers by TV Provider + Alternatives

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answered on: 9.14.17

While many consumers only have one television provider in their area, you still have a fair amount of power when it comes to striking a deal for cable thanks to more people “cutting the cord.”

We’ve rounded up the best deals from the top providers across the country, but remember that you’ll have some bargaining power to negotiate a new rate once the promotional pricing ends. And because more people are looking into cable alternatives, we’ve also included a few of our favorite deals for those who may be looking to go that route. Simply use these links to jump to the section most applicable to your cable needs.

By Provider: Verizon | AT&T | ComcastMediacom | RCN | Cox | Suddenlink | WOW
Optimum | Time Warner | Charter | Bright House Networks

Cable Alternatives: Sling TV | Dish

Best Verizon Cable Deals

Thanks to it’s respectable customer service and decent channel selection, Verizon comes out ahead of the crowd in many ways. Not only does Verizon boast a clear picture and more reliable transmission thanks to its fiber optics, the brand also offers many ways to save on programming.



4.9/5.0 ★★★★★

Verizon offers an extremely competitive basic cable package of 15+ channels (5+ HD) for just $10 per month. Keep in mind that taxes and other fees will apply. The next best deal, if you’re looking to bundle cable and internet service, is only $49.99 each month, which includes the same TV package plus 50 Mbps internet. Keep in mind that more customized packages of cable start at $64.99 per month.

Offer Category#1 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.9 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Verizon.com

Unfortunately, Verizon Fios is only available in a few Mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas, so if you reside outside that area you may find the install fees for fiber optic cable and internet quite costly.

Best AT&T Cable Deals

AT&T provides television service through DirecTV, which offers plenty of channels at a reasonable price. DirecTV runs on a fiber optics network, which increases its reliability and picture clarity.


DirecTV from AT&T

4.9/5.0 ★★★★★

DirecTV from AT&T comes in two ways — as a whole-home DVR with on-the-go service and as a streaming-only service via DirecTV Now. With streaming only, you’ll pay $10 each month for 60+ live channels, including news, sports, and other programming, via the DirecTV Now app with no contract. With whole-home entertainment, you’ll get DVR options for four rooms plus many traditional benefits.

Offer Category#2 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.9 out of 5
Official Websitewww.ATT.com

The biggest issue with AT&T’s DirecTV is its availability, which is limited. Plus, you’ll find extras — like Cinemax — require additional fees.

Best Comcast Cable Deals

We like that Comcast offers a decent channel selection as well as a large video-on-demand library at reasonable prices.

You can even download content on your mobile device to watch later without using the internet, and the accompanying DVR can record 64 hours of high-definition television.



4.7/5.0 ★★★★★

While Comcast offers contract-free packages we found most of the promotional offers require a service agreement. For $24.99 each month, you’ll receive 100+ channels as well as on-demand service. A limited basic package for $31.95 per month without a service agreement only gets you 10 channels. As is the case with most cable companies, Comcast isn’t available everywhere, so be sure to check for coverage.

Offer Category#3 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.7 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Xfinity.com

You’ll want to watch out for hidden fees with Comcast, such as the monthly sports broadcast fee ($3.50) and DVR rental fee ($19.95). And remember to call in as the promotional period is ending to see what kind of service terms you can negotiate with Comcast.

Best Mediacom Cable Deals

Mediacom Cable provides television, internet, and phone services with the best coverage in Iowa, Illinois, and Georgia. Its services are quite affordable when compared with other companies, and you even have a few options for customizing your cable content.



4.6/5.0 ★★★★★

Mediacom seems to have above average customer service and satisfaction ratings, which is probably thanks to its 90-day money-back guarantee that allows you to easily cancel your service if you’re not happy with it. The local TV package includes digital music channels for just $29.95 per month. However, there are add-on charges for other options like sports and broadcast programming.

Offer Category#4 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.6 out of 5
Official Websitewww.MediacomCable.com

Mediacom claims to be in more than 20 states, but we found it challenging to find rates and offers for the higher coverage locales.

Best RCN Cable Deals

If you live in their limited coverage area, RCN’s cable packages might be worth a look. The brand boasts 24/7 customer service with same-day installation you can schedule for a two-hour window.



4.5/5.0 ★★★★★

If you’re looking for a great bundle deal, RCN offers internet packages that include digital TV service for local news, weather, and sports for just $29.99 per month for the first 12 months. For online orders, we’ve seen free install offers as well, which can be nice when it comes to setting up your home internet and cable service.

Offer Category#5 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.5 out of 5
Official Websitewww.RCN.com

RCN offers a lot, but is limited in its coverage, so you might consider Cox if you fall within its service area.

Best Cox Cable Deals

Cox Cable has a wide range of program packages, and its prices don’t seem to change much over time. They even allow customers to get two DVRs when they sign up.



4.4/5.0 ★★★★

The better deal we found was a bundle for Cox TV and internet for just $54.99 per month for 24 months. Meanwhile, just TV service came in higher at $64.99 per month for a shorter time period (12 months), which likely means it will jump in price after that period. Cox customers are often locked into two-year contracts with costly termination fees. The $54.99 price is an online-only offer, so be sure to check available deals before committing.

Offer Category#6 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.4 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Cox.com

It’s important to note that Cox is only available in 19 of the 50 states, so there’s a good chance you could be within the coverage area.

The great thing about Suddenlink is that there’s no long-term contract required and no termination fees, which makes switching easier.



4.3/5.0 ★★★★

Suddenlink HDTV comes with free installation, no annual contract, and free demand service, which means you can replay your favorite shows up to 24 hours later as well as control live programming with pause and rewind features. You can also take your service with you thanks to Suddenlink2GO for viewing on any device.

Offer Category#7 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.3 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Suddenlink.com

Suddenlink offers free installation when you order services online, so be sure to check the site before requesting service.

Best WOW Cable Deals

In areas where it’s available, prospective customers will be pleased with the ability to test WOW’s services for 60 days without having to pay if they decide to cancel the service.



4.2/5.0 ★★★★

Television packages from WOW include Small, Medium, and Large Cable – starting at $74.99 per month. However, as with other providers, we found the best deals for television appeared when you opt for bundled service. We found WOW offered a small cable package with internet service for just $59.99 per month for the first 12 months of a two-year service agreement. The company also offered the same plan for $79.99 per month without a contract.

Offer Category#8 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.2 out of 5
Official Websitewww.WowWay.com

WOW’s service is only accessible in parts of the South and Midwestern United States — 13 out of 50 states to be exact — and you have to order it over the phone, which could be a problem for some folks.

Best Optimum Cable Deals

Optimum generally ranks competitively among other providers when it comes to price and channel availability, and its contract-free service is among the best for potential customers who live within its limited service area.



4.1/5.0 ★★★★

The New England-based provider only serves four states, but if you happen to live in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania, you’re in luck. The smallest package from Optimum offers over 225 channels, including local programming and 75 HD channels, for $64.95 per month. High-definition streaming comes with your programming at no extra charge, and the accompanying DVR is capable of recording up to 15 shows simultaneously.

Offer Category#9 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.1 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Optimum.net

It’s important to note that when we checked rates the smallest cable and internet bundle deal is only $5 more than the cable-only deal.

Best Time Warner Cable Deals

Time Warner tops the list because of the brand’s basic, yet comprehensive, cable packages with options to add on HBO and Starz channels. You also won’t be required to sign a contract.


Time Warner

4.0/5.0 ★★★★

Time Warner, recently acquired by Spectrum, offers TV for $64.99 and includes 125 channels as well as on-demand service and movies in HD and 3D. Price breaks begin when you bundle services, so you may want to consider buying multiple services, such as TV and internet, for a total of $89.98 (just $24.99 extra).

Offer Category#10 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.0 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Spectrum.com

While Time Warner serviced a decent area for cable TV on its own, as part of Spectrum, the brand boasts a bigger footprint. You may find yourself with better options now that it’s part of Spectrum.

Best Charter Cable Deals

Like many of its competitors, Charter Cable doesn’t make its users sign a contract. What’s more unusual is that the brand has prompt customer service. However, customers should be aware that the actual channels available vary by your location, so it’s best to check and see what’s available before making a commitment.



4.1/5.0 ★★★★

Charter, which is also under the Spectrum brand, has the same offerings for cable as does Time Warner. That means, you may be better off bundling your services to include cable with either phone or internet service (or both). It truly is the best deal. You’ll want to pay attention to extra fees here to make sure you aren’t overpaying for extras like equipment fees.

Offer Category#11 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.1 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Spectrum.com

While Spectrum certainly covers a large number of households, you still have some bargaining power if you threaten to cut the cord — just remember you may need other services from the company.

Best Bright House Cable Deals

Bright House, another company recently bought by Spectrum, offers cable packages that focus on sports, music, movies, and local content.


Bright House

4.1/5.0 ★★★★

As we’ve mentioned before, with Spectrum, you may be better off bundling your services if you’re looking for the best deal. Bundled packages begin at $64.99 per month, but there are lots of ways to customize your plan based on content. Just remember to ask about any additional fees before signing your contract.

Offer Category#12 in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.1 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Spectrum.com

Many cable providers offer competitive deals, but if you only have one brand in your area, it may be time to consider an alternative television option.

Top Alternatives to Cable TV

Online content providers, like Netflix and Hulu, are probably the biggest threat to traditional cable television.

Since a lot of premium programming is now available online, many people have recently begun to look elsewhere for their entertainment needs. While many traditional cable companies are fighting back by offering streaming services of their own, they can’t quite match the affordable rates that got their competitors where they are today.

SlingTV vs. Cable

Sling TV competes with cable by supplying customers with their favorite shows in real time as they hit the airwaves. Not only is the service more affordable than cable, Sling TV won’t make you sign a contract or pay cancellation fees. Although similar products are available through DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue, both of those options are a bit more expensive.

Sling TV

4.5/5.0 ★★★★★

Sling TV offers several deals, with the base package starting at just $20 per month. However, it’s important to note that Sling TV groups its channels by package, so you’ll want to read over the selections carefully to make sure you’re not missing out on your favorite stations. You can also upgrade to get all the channels offered for just $40 per month. If you only need a few special channels and don’t mind getting generic news, this still is a good way to do that without spending a fortune. You can also add HBO or Starz in conjunction with any of the above packages for a nominal fee.

Offer Category# in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.5 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Sling.com

Another thing to keep in mind is that Sling TV works best over a strong internet connection, so you may want to upgrade to better service. We’ve compiled a ranking of the best internet deals to help you as you find another provider or package.

Dish Satellite vs. Cable

With high customer ratings and multiple streaming choices, it’s easy to see why the reasonably priced Dish TV service is one of the most popular satellite service providers. Satellite television provides access to a greater number of channels, including international options, to anyone, but especially those who may be too far off the grid to get reliable service from other providers.


4.3/5.0 ★★★★

Dish Satellite boasts several content-specific packages to appeal to both international audiences and sports fans alike. While many customers spring for the pricier options, the basic television package, which includes the top 120 channels for just $49.99 during the first year, should work fine for most people. Channel packages increase by $10 increments up to $79.99 per month for the top 250 channels.

Offer Category# in Best Cable Deals
DealCrunch Rating4.3 out of 5
Official Websitewww.Dish.com

Dish requires a two-year contract, and you’ll notice that the deals they promote are often for the first year, so keep in mind that your costs may increase once the promotion ends.

Compare Providers & Cable Deals to Cut Your TV Costs

While cable packages can get pretty expensive, the rates vary throughout the nation, and with so much competition, you’re bound to find a good deal. We think it’s definitely worth spending some time on researching your options so you can cut costs. 

Not everyone needs 50 movie channels, kid-friendly content, or a large sports package, so keep in mind what matters most to you when considering your cable options — you may even find that one of the alternatives is better for you. Armed with information on the deals cable companies, and their alternatives, are offering, you’ll be able to negotiate your rate and ensure happy, affordable viewing!