Best Cable TV and Internet Bundles 2019

Two services are better than one! Bundle TV and internet on the same bill for a lower price.
Best for Most
Monthly price:
$49.99$159.99
Available channels:
260+
Download speeds:
60400 Mbps
Best Speeds
Monthly price:
$85$235
Available channels:
330+
Download speeds:
101000 Mbps
Best Prices
Monthly price:
$29.99$119.99
Available channels:
295+
Download speeds:
251000 Mbps
Best for Big Families
Monthly price:
$64.98$139.97
Available channels:
200+
Download speeds:
200 Mbps
Best No-Contract Option
Monthly price:
$44.99$139.99
Available channels:
340+
Download speeds:
1001000 Mbps

We picked the best cable TV and internet bundles based on speeds, data caps, and channel counts. We steered toward services available to people nationwide, but we provided alternates in each category too.

Having no-contract options, or options with equipment included and no extra fees made some brands stand out more. What can we say? We want freedom and savings when it comes to our bundles.

Best bundles for cable TV and internet
Monthly priceAvailable channelsDownload speedsLearn more
$49.99$159.99*260+60400 MbpsView Plans
$85$235330+101000 MbpsView Plans
$29.99$119.99295+251000 MbpsView Plans
$64.98$139.97200+200 MbpsView Plans
$44.99$139.99340+1001000 MbpsView Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 or 24 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year agreement.
For the first 12 months.

Xfinity: Best for most people

The nation’s largest provider excels at combining TV and internet.

Xfinity’s works for most people’s needs, whether you’re an individual working from home or part of a large family that streams shows and plays online games. For a decent price, you get fast speeds, plenty of data, and the channels you want to watch.

Xfinity plans, prices, speeds, and channels
PlanPriceInternet download speedTV channel countDetails
X1 Preferred Double Play$114.99/mo.150 Mbps220+View Plans
X1 Starter Double Play$79.99/mo.150 Mbps140+View Plans
Performance Plus Saver Double Play$49.99/mo.^60 Mbps140+View Plans
X1 Premier Double Play$134.99/mo.150 Mbps260+View Plans
For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.
^ For the first 24 months with a 2-year agreement.

*Prices and offers vary by location

Pros

  • Fast speeds
  • Good channel counts
  • Reasonable prices

Cons

  • Data cap
  • Equipment leasing fees
  • Slower upload speeds

What we like

Depending on where you live, Xfinity’s speeds can go upward of 2 Gigs (you may have to sign up for a triple play package). And if not, 150 Mbps is more than most people need, anyway.

We’ve used XFINTY’s TV and internet service for years, and the free on-demand library is big and diverse enough to keep everyone happy. The X1 DVR also has a voice control remote, which makes it easy to pull up a Jazz game or catch up on Rick and Morty.

Plus, Xfinity covers most of the country, so just about anyone can find a plan that works for them.

What we don’t like

The 1,000 GB data cap is more than enough for most, but we don’t like the idea of data caps in general. With Xfinity, you’ll be charged $10 for every 50 GB of data you go over, up to $200—yowch.

Xfinity has a way of sneaking extra fees into your monthly price with equipment leasing and HD fees. Double-check your monthly total before signing up. If it’s too wack, check out CenturyLink, or Verizon.

And Xfinity, like other providers, slouches when it comes to upload speeds. That’s not a huge deal for most people, but if you’re a videographer or file-sharer, it can kill your momentum.

CenturyLink: Fastest speeds

Gig speeds are perfect for streamers, gamers, and big families alike.

Paired with DIRECTV, CenturyLink’s bundles are a good bang for your buck compared to other high-speed internet providers.

As Ricky Bobby once said, “I wanna go fast!”

CenturyLink’s fastest speeds are fiber, not cable internet, but we still considered it a viable option for most. If you need a cable TV and cable internet option, look toward Xfinity, RCN, or WOW!.

CenturyLink plans, prices, speeds, and channels
PlanPriceInternet download speedTV channel countDetails
DIRECTV CHOICE™ All Included + Price for Life 20 Mbps$95/mo.20 Mbps185+View Plans
DIRECTV XTRA All Included + Price for Life 80 Mbps$110/mo.80 Mbps235+View Plans
DIRECTV ULTIMATE All Included + Price for Life 100 Mbps$125/mo.100 Mbps250+View Plans
DIRECTV PREMIER™ All Included + Price for Life 1000 Mbps$195/mo.1000 Mbps330+View Plans

*Prices and offers vary by location

Pros

  • Gig speeds
  • Available nationwide
  • DIRECTV

Cons

  • Data cap
  • Slower speeds in some areas

What we like

CenturyLink’s fast speeds work for both downloading and uploading. Even though other providers may offer the same download speed, they might stiff you with a 10 Mbps upload speed, so you’ll be waiting forever next to your computer to upload your last wedding photo shoot.

DIRECTV isn’t a cable TV provider—it’s satellite. We know a lot of folks mean “TV service” when they say “cable,” but if it’s a deal breaker for you, check out other options like Cox, RCN, or Windstream.

DIRECTV is one of the better TV services out there with good channel selection, one of the best DVRs (the Genie), and plenty of live sports. A lot of plans include premium channels like HBO for a few months, too.

What we don’t like

You probably won’t hit your 1,000 GB data cap, but if you do, you may get an excessive use notice. Nothing bad really happens right away. It won’t charge you a fee, nor throttle your speeds, but if you keep getting this slap on the wrist, your service may be disrupted.

Since it’s not exactly clear what that means, we like the idea of no data caps because you don’t even have to think about it

CenturyLink is available to a lot of people across the US, but if the gig speed isn’t in your area, you have other options: Verizon, Frontier, and AT&T.

RCN: Best cheap cable TV and internet bundle

RCN is perfect for budget-minded renters who don’t need no stinkin’ contracts.

Despite its lack of availability, RCN gives users fast speeds and decent channel counts on the cheap. It’s geared toward metro-area folks who don’t want to get locked into a contract.

RCN plans, prices, speeds, and channels
PlanPriceInternet download speedTV channel countDetails
Digital Basic + 25 Mbps Internet$34.99/mo.25 Mbps70+View Plan
Digital Basic + 155 Mbps Internet$44.99/mo.155 Mbps70+View Plan
Signature TV + 330 Mbps Interent$99.99/mo.330 Mbps295+View Plan
Signature TV + 1 Gbps Internet$109.99/mo.1000 Mbps295+View Plan
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 12 months.

*Prices and offers vary by location

Pros

  • Low prices
  • Unlimited data
  • No term contracts

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Slow upload speeds

What we like

Young city-slickers who aren’t sure where they’re going to be next month, let alone in two years, can vibe with RCN’s lack of contracts, laid-back attitude, and low prices.

You can get gig speeds for less than most providers. RCN is two-to-three times cheaper than other gig speed plans. And you get access to over 280 channels on the higher plans—which means plenty of channels to surf.

Unlimited data means you won’t get charged extra for downloading a lot of HD videos and games. And no-contract options give you the freedom to switch services without facing early termination fees—but RCN is one of the better deals out there, so unless you’re moving somewhere without RCN, we’d say stick with it.

What we don’t like

Your downloads may be blazing fast, but your upload wait times might suck (sorry for the language, mom). Compared to your 1,000 Mbps downloads, upload speeds only go to about 20 Mbps, which can feel really sluggish if you’re uploading your hour-long Game of Thrones commentary video to YouTube.

RCN isn’t available all across the US, which is a bummer because it’s a solid service with low prices. But if it’s not in your area, you still have other options like WOW!, Suddenlink, and Xfinity that can fit your budget.

Spectrum: Best for big families

Unlimited data, fast speeds, and no contracts.

Despite its lack of availability, RCN gives users fast speeds and decent channel counts on the cheap. It’s geared toward metro-area folks who don’t want to get locked into a contract.

Spectrum plans, prices, speeds, and channels
PlanPriceInternet download speedTV channel countDetails
Select Double Play$89.98/mo.200 Mbps125+View Plan
Silver Double Play$109.98/mo.200 Mbps175+View Plan
Gold Double Play$129.98/mo.200 Mbps200+View Plan
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 12 months.

*Prices and offers vary by location

Pros

  • Fast speeds
  • Unlimited data
  • No contracts

Cons

  • Limited speed options
  • Not cheap

What we like

On top of fast speeds, big families or apartments with multiple roommates will want unlimited data without overage charges or speed throttling. Multiple users downloading pictures, music, or HD videos can add up quickly, but you don’t have to worry about that with Spectrum.

Some providers charge a $10 per month HD fee, but Spectrum includes it in the price. Makes sense to us that paying for TV pays your HD shows too. Some plans also include HBO, CINEMAX, and SHOWTIME—and other providers charge $15 a month or more for each of those channels.

Without a contract, if you and the fam (or your roomies) need to up and move, you won’t have to pay early termination fees.

What we don’t like

We wouldn’t say Spectrum has low prices, but it’s also not the worst offender. You might be able to find a cheaper provider in your area, but it might not have the speeds or data you need.

You don’t have a lot of options with your Spectrum internet speeds, which depend on where you live. Other options you may have are Optimum and Frontier.

Suddenlink: Best no-contract option

Renters and frequent movers don’t have to worry about early termination fees.

Don’t want to be tied down by a contract? Welcome to Suddenlink’s no-contract options, which free you from having to pay money to cancel your TV and internet.

Other providers often charge you upwards of $240 to get out of your contract, which is a quick way to kiss goodbye to those sick Donovan Mitchell sneakers you’ve had your eye on.

Spectrum plans, prices, speeds, and channels
PlanPriceInternet download speedTV channel countDetails
Value TV + Internet 200$64.99/mo.°200 Mbps225+View Plans
Select TV + Internet 400$84.99/mo.°400 Mbps290+View Plans
Premier TV + Internet 400$114.99/mo.°400 Mbps340+View Plans
Premier TV + Internet 1 Gig$134.99/mo.1000 Mbps340+View Plans
Select TV + Internet 1 Gig$104.99/mo.°1000 Mbps290+View Plans
° Price for Life. Customer must remain in good standing and up to date on bill payments to remain on Price For Life.
For the first 12 months.

*Prices and offers vary by location

Pros

  • Fast speeds
  • Unlimited data
  • High TV channel counts

Cons

  • Higher prices
  • Activation fee

What we like

Suddenlink speeds go as high as anyone else’s (except for a few lucky, high-paying Xfinity customers with access to 2 Gig speeds). Also, Suddenlink is widely available, and even its lower-tier plans still handle the needs of most people.

And you won’t have to worry about speed throttling or overage charges for data, since your speeds and monthly price stay consistent.

You’ll also get a lot of TV for your money with some of the highest channel counts in the land—live sports, hit movies, and TV shows galore.

What we don’t like

Suddenlink isn’t the cheapest provider, but it’s not the most expensive either. We always want to find a good deal, and sometimes that means picking a no-contract option instead of getting stuck in a 2-year agreement with rising prices. If it gets bad with Suddenlink, or you need to move, you can bail without the extra fees.

If it’s not in your neck of the woods, scope out RCN or Xfinity.

Recap: What are the best cable TV and internet bundles?

Finding the right fit for TV and internet bundles is a matter of priorities, and we focused on speeds and prices over data caps, channel counts, and wide availability.

  • Fastest internet and TV bundles: If you can access the gig speeds, CenturyLink also comes with DIRECTV—one of the best TV services out there.
  • Best cheap TV and internet bundle: We like RCN for a lot of reasons, but we just wish more people had access to it.
  • Best TV and internet bundles for most: The almighty Xfinity can be found almost anywhere and hits a good middle ground for pricing and channel counts.
  • Best for big families: Spectrum gives you plenty of speed, channels, and no data cap, so everyone can keep doin’ their thing online or on the couch.
  • Best no-contract option: Check out Suddenlink if you don’t want to get roped into a year-long contract.

You always have options. If you still need help finding a provider, plug your digits into our ZIP finder, or leave us a comment below.