Best Cable TV Providers in 2021

Best Cable TV Providers in 2021
Written by Vijay Dabade

With streaming services increasing in popularity over the past couple of years, some may think cable TV would’ve taken the back seat. However, there are still many people who appreciate and prefer cable TV over streaming services.

There are a number of ways you can watch live television today, but cable TV is perhaps the most reliable of them all. For one reason or another, we’ve all had to wait for a stream to buffer or for the satellite connection to get stable.

Hence, this is exactly why we’ve decided to share some of the best cable TV providers to ensure your local news update, Sunday Night Football and other shows don’t get interrupted at any point.


Xfinity is one of the largest cable internet providers in the United States, with services in 40 states. The company is not only recognized for its internet services, but Cable TV services as well. You can either choose standalone Cable TV services or bundle them up with internet and phone and get all three at a discount. 

Xfinity offers three standalone cable TV plans: Digital Economy, Digital Starter, and Digital Preferred. Digital Economy is the basic plan that offers 100+ channels and costs only $39.95 with no service agreement. Digital Preferred is the premium plan that comes with more than 220 channels. 

The best part is the additional perks that come with this provider. You get advanced parental controls Xfinity stream app as well as integrated streaming platforms.  


Spectrum offers you bundle savings, by giving you the option to sign on with its internet and phone service when you’re considering its TV packages. By doing so, you also get more package options.

Spectrum internet services are known to be fast and reliable, which makes them a worthy contender.  These bundles come at a reasonable price, and further include a free Wi-Fi setup, installation, and DVR services.

Spectrum’s TV Gold plan is a good buy. For $94.99 per month, you get 200+ channels with free of cost premium channels. Its Cloud DVR Plus gives 150-300 hours of storage so you can save your favorite shows without any worry. 

Spectrum also offers HD channels free of cost. Moreover, if you want to shift to Spectrum, but are presently serving a signed contract with another provider, Spectrum will buyout your contract for up to $500 when you opt for any of its Triple Play bundle.


Its Contour TV plan comes with 140+ channels for $69.99 a month that will definitely suit most of the people who intend to capture a number of favorites.

You can also choose to sign on their Contour Flex or TV Starter Plan for $25 per month for 75 channels. You can further get an OTA antenna or an extra $25. It also offers a Contour TV Ultimate plan that has 250+ channels.

Its Ultimate plan has premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. COX generally offers movies, supplemental sports, and a range of variety packages you can include to have your all-time favorite channels.

Cox also has a decent DVR with a HD storage of 250 hours and allows you to do 6 recordings at one time for the cost of $19.99 a month. Lastly, it also offers a Contour Record 24 DVR that has a storage of 1,000 hours and allows you to do 24 recordings at one time for $29.99 per month.

Cox communications allows you to self-install and troubleshoot your technology without any professional help. It is one of the few TV providers who offer this. It has a wide range of resource libraries on their website that have how-to videos on guiding you to set up, use and troubleshoot your service. Simply select the issue you’re facing via their website, and it’ll direct you to the accurate instruction video or manual.


RCN is perfect for those of you who are on a budget. Of course, signing on a $89.99 TV plan sounds amazing, but it’s not practical if you’re on budget. However, this doesn’t mean you should compromise on quality.

RCN has one of the cheapest TV plans and bundles. It does have competitors yet lucky for them, they’re providing their services in certain areas only such as Boston, Chicago, DC, among others.

RCN offers various plans. However, you can get the best value for money from its Triple Play bundle with Signature TV. You get 150+ channels, and unlimited nationwide calling along with download speeds from 250-940 Mbps, depending on where you reside. 

As an additional perk you also get its Android TV/TiVo DVR, with HD storage of 75 hours and unlimited recording for $18 per month.

Our Final Take

Well, we’ve shared with you the best TV providers for 2021. Each of these TV providers have different bundles and plans. When deciding which TV provider to pick, make sure you know what you and your family needs are!

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