Optimum TV Review 2021

Optimum gives you lots of channels for decent pricing, but you’ll have to watch out for hidden fees.
Recommended Plans
PlanPriceTV channel countDetails
Core TV$74.99220+View Plans
Value TV$79.99225+View Plans
Select TV$89.99340+View Plans
Premier TV$124.99420+View Plans
PriceTV channel countDetails
$74.99220+View Plans
$79.99225+View Plans
$89.99340+View Plans
$124.99420+View Plans

Optimum TV has limited availability, but this cable TV provider is a solid choice for those who live on the East Coast.

Ranging from $75–$124 per month, you’ll get one of the highest channel counts in the industry (seriously). And you’ll love its Multi-Room DVR, which can record up to 15 programs at once. Say goodbye to family conflicts!

Even though the DVR is highly capable, you only get 25–150 hours of DVR storage. And you’ll also have to watch out for Optimum’s hidden fees.

Pros

  • Optimum doesn’t require a contract
  • You can DVR 15 shows or movies simultaneously
  • Exclusive New York programming

Cons

  • Optimum has very limited availability
  • This cable TV service has some hidden fees
  • The DVR storage space is pretty scarce

Optimum has the most coverage in New York, but it’s also available in some areas of New Jersey, Connecticut, and literally some random cities in some random states. (Get it together, Optimum).

Let’s see if Optimum is available in your area by entering in your ZIP code below.

If another cable TV provider is available in your area, like Xfinity or Cox, and you want to know more about its service, check out our best cable TV providers or best TV providers of 2021 piece.

How much does Optimum cost?

The dollar-to-channel ratio is one of the best in the industry

To give you an idea of how great Optimum’s pricing is, we’re going to compare it to Xfinity, our favorite cable TV provider.

Xfinity’s dollar-to-channel ratio is about .46 cents, while Optimum’s is about .30 cents! Optimum hands out a huge number of channels, so if you live in one of the areas it’s available, you’re one of the lucky ones.

Optimum could be our favorite cable provider if it were more widely available (just sayin’).

How much are Optimum’s packages?
PlanPriceTV channel countDetails
Core TV$74.99*220+View Plans
Value TV$79.99*225+View Plans
Select TV$89.99*340+View Plans
Premier TV$124.99*420+View Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Plus taxes, fees and other charges. Includes Auto Pay and Paperless Billing.

Does Optimum have a contract?

One of the best things about Optimum is it doesn’t have a contract! So you can cancel with no repercussions if you’re moving or want to switch to a live TV streaming service.

Does Optimum have fees?

What’s a cable TV provider without fees? Yes, it’s common for all TV providers to have fees, but we have to say we don’t like Optimum’s DVR fee.

The DVR fee is pretty pricey for the amount of (or lack thereof) storage hours you receive. An $11 per month fee for each set-top box is pretty standard, and they give you the option to rent a modem for $10 per month.

You’ll need a modem to connect your TV to Optimum’s internet (or any internet, but we recommend bundling to save the hassle of paying two separate bills. More on that below). If you don’t want to pay monthly for a modem, you could get one on Amazon.

Oh, and we almost forgot to mention–there are hidden fees.

At checkout, Optimum’s disclaimer says, “Depending on location, some or all service and equipment rates, plus certain add’l charges, are subject to state and/or local fee. A Network Enhancement Fee of $3.50, all other fees, equipment charges, surcharges, and taxes will be added to the monthly bill.” Geez, Optimum.

If you get the Select or Premier package, the installation is included. But whichever package you get, plan on spending–at the minimum–$21 in fees.

How much are Optimum’s fees?
FeeMonthly price
Installation cost$59.00/mo. (one time)
Set-top box fee$11.00/mo.
Modem fee$10.00/mo.
25-hour Cloud DVR fee$9.99/mo.
75-hour Cloud DVR fee$17.99/mo.
150-hour Cloud DVR fee$21.99/mo.

Data effective 2/10/2021.

Which Optimum bundle is the best?

The package we most recommend is the Optimum 500 and Core TV bundle. Core TV is already $75 by itself, and for $15 more, you can get internet with 500 Mbps download speeds.

The Optimum 300 and Basic TV bundle is a great option for those looking to save money and who only need 50+ channels.

When you get a bundle, we recommend you get the “Altice One”, which combines your TV box, modem, and router into one device for just $20 per month. Now that’s a solid deal. And if your daughter wants one in her bedroom, it’s only $10 per month for the additional Altice Mini’s.

While Optimum’s prices may change over time, the good news is that you can cancel anytime you want.

Which channels does Optimum have?

Optimum has all of the channels you need

Optimum’s plans are pretty well-rounded and have all of the channels you’ll likely want. You’ll get all of the popular channels in the Core TV plan, but \when you upgrade from one plan to another, you’ll get more premium channels.

And a bonus is that about 30% of each package’s channels are in HD.

The Core TV plan includes the following channels:

  • ABC
  • AMC
  • BBC America
  • C-SPAN
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS
  • CNN
  • The CW
  • Disney Channel
  • Food Network
  • FOX
  • FX
  • HGTV
  • Lifetime
  • MSNBC
  • NBC
  • Nickelodeon
  • PBS
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • Univision
  • USA Network

Although Value TV has 35 more channels than Core TV, Optimum doesn’t list which channels those are. That makes it a little hard to want to jump on this plan. But for $15 more per month, you can get an additional 120 channels with Select TV than you would with Core TV.

The Select TV plan includes the following channels:

  • A&E
  • ACC Network
  • Animal Planet
  • Boomerang
  • CMT
  • Cooking Channel
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Family Channel
  • Disney XD
  • DIY Network
  • FX Movie Channel
  • FXX
  • Galavisión
  • GSN
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • History Channel
  • Investigation Discovery
  • National Geographic
  • Nick Jr.

The Premier TV plan includes the following channels:

  • HBO
  • HBO Comedy
  • HBO Family
  • HBO Latino
  • HBO Zone
  • HBO2
  • Lifetime Movie Network (LMN)
  • MGM HD
  • SHOWTIME
  • SHOWTIME Extreme
  • SHOWTIME Family Zone
  • SHOWTIME Showcase
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • STARZ Cinema
  • STARZ Comedy
  • STARZ Kids & Family

Scroll down a little further for the sports channels (because, if you’re like us, you think those are the most important too).

Does Optimum have premium channels and add-ons?

Optimum offers all of the premium channels, aside from EPIX.

A subscription to HBO Max through Optimum also includes a subscription to HBO channels and HBO On Demand (and we definitely recommend it).

The Select TV plan gives you eight STARZ channels, including STARZ Encore Action, STARZ Encore Classic, and STARZ Encore Family. And the Premier package includes HBO Max and seven HBO channels, eight SHOWTIME channels, and 14 STARZ channels.

How much are Optimum’s premium channels and add-ons?
ChannelAdd-on monthly price
HBO Max$14.99/mo.
SHOWTIME$10.99/mo.
STARZ$9.99/mo.
CINEMAX$9.99/mo.
The Movie Channel (TMC)$9.99/mo.
Optimum Sports Pack$15.00/mo.
Optimum en Español$12.95/mo.

Data effective 2/10/2021.

You’d only need the Sports Pack if you get the Core TV package or if you’re an NHL fan, but as NFL fans, we believe the Sports Pack is worth it from September through December.

The NFL RedZone Channel, our favorite sports channel, will show you all of the exciting moments in real-time of every Sunday morning and afternoon game during the regular season.

NFL RedZone will jump to whichever team is inside the 20-yard line with a chance to score, and it’ll also show replays of phenomenal pick-6s, tackles, one-handed catches, and Hail Marys.

Optimum says the Sports Pack has 24 sports channels, including the following:

  • NFL RedZone
  • NFL Network
  • NBA TV
  • MLB Network
  • NHL Network
  • ESPNU
  • beIN Sports
  • Golf Channel
  • NBC Sports Network

The Optimum en Español add-on includes the following seven channels:

  • Antena 3
  • CNN en Español
  • ESPN Deportes
  • Fox Deportes
  • History en Español
  • Universo

Which Optimum package is best for sports?

Although the Core TV plan has a decent channel lineup for entertainment, kids, and news channels, this plan is lacking in the sports area. So if you’re a big sports fan, we highly recommend the Select or Premier plan.

You’ll get 23 sports channels and front row seats on your couch.

The Core TV plan includes the following sports channels:

  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FS1
  • MSG
  • MSG Plus
  • NBC Sports Network
  • SportsNet New York

The Select TV plan includes the following sports channels:

  • Big Ten Network (BTN)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • Fox Deportes
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • MLB Network
  • MSG
  • MSG Plus
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network
  • SportsNet New York
  • Tennis Channel
  • The Golf Channel
  • TUDN
  • TVG Network

The Premier TV plan has all of the sports channels above plus the following three:

  • beIN Sports
  • BeIN Sports Español
  • World Fishing Network

Which devices are compatible with Optimum?

You need to know if your device is compatible with Optimum because we all like to stream on the go.

You know you’ll need to watch the Hallmark Channel while you’re on the train, the Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs game while you’re at work, or the Disney Channel to distract your little one.

If you want to use the Optimum TV to GO app, Optimum lists the following streaming devices as compatible:

  • iPhones, iPads
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Kindle Fire

But Optimum says you can download the app on most smart TVs and through the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.

Optimum’s DVR storage is lacking

The DVR could use a little sprucing up

As we said above in the fees section, Optimum’s DVR storage space is not sufficient enough.

Think about it: 25 hours lets you record 10 TV show episodes and seven movies. It might sound like enough (and it may very well be for you), but if you want to save those movies to watch them at any time in the future, the hours add up.

And we have to mention how important it is for families–you can record 15 shows at once.

But if you want to refrain from any nasty family drama (because your storage space is full but you want to record the new Celebrity Wheel of Fortune episode and your spouse claims you can’t delete the eight This Is Us episodes), get more storage space.

How much storage space does Optimum’s DVR have?
DVR storage spaceMonthly price
25-hour Cloud DVR$9.99/mo.
75-hour Cloud DVR$17.99/mo.
150-hour Cloud DVR$21.99/mo.

Recap: Is Optimum worth it?

It’s worth it if you live in one of the areas it’s available

There is only one obvious reason you shouldn’t get Optimum: if it’s not available in your area. And our only complaint is the low DVR storage space.

But Optimum doesn’t require a contract, each plan has lots of channels for fair pricing, it offers most of the premium channels, and you get exclusive New York programming. It’s perfect for families, sports lovers, and entertainment & movie buffs.

If Optimum isn’t available in your area or doesn’t have the channel lineup you need, check out our top cable TV providers for other options.

What do you think?

Do you have Optimum? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different provider better? Drop us a comment below!

  • Titos Bados

    I just signed a deal and after a day an issue cropped up. If they will not issue me the credit within 3 dyas, I will cancel my order. I will gamble with Direct TV and being an ATT wireless customer I beleive I will get some good perks.

    • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io/ Trevor Wheelwright

      Hi Titos Bados,
      Sorry to hear that, what issue did you run into?

      If you are already an AT&T customer, you can typically bundle savings between your phone/internet/TV services. Being as how you’re not a new customer, it might be a bit different price-wise than a new user signing up for a bundled package.

      We wish you the best, definitely let us know how it turns out for you!

      • Titos Bados

        After I signed to close the deal, they called to advise they cannot meet a promise. Then they bluff you to just end the transaction. Thwy will be in for a surprise. I fight for principle and not for money. Will exhaust everything including judicial resolution if need be. I have the truth with me.

        • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

          We think you’ll have a better experience with DIRECTV, if that’s who you go with (it’s currently ranked #2 in our TV Service Buyer’s Guide). You can also always ask a sales rep, but be sure to get any promises in writing.

          Let us know what happens.

          • Titos Bados

            Problem is no internet with Direct TV. In my area either I get the cord cutter from Verizon or Optimum. No dice.

  • Heiko Brüchs

    This article has incorrect pricing info. Multi-Room DVR Plus for 16.95 and DVR Service for 12.95 are two different options. You pick one or the other. They are not a combined cost. The Multi-Room allows Multi-Room playback, as well as pausing and rewinding live tv, whereas the DVR service does not.

    • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

      Thanks for letting us know. We’ll get right on that!

  • Steve

    There is a new on demand menu which is really a problem. Type too small. But the big problem is that when you are trying to watch an HBO series for example, the series disappears from the available listing so that it is impossible to go right on to the next episode. What the %%$^??

  • Jase Yiu

    If you have other options in your area don’t use optimum. I can’t even count how many service interruptions during every single day. The service is down right now and don’t know what time it will go back up. No announcement for service maintenance, cut my service off any time they want. I’ve lived in five different cities from east to west coast. Used warner, Comcast, Verizon and optimum. Optimum is the worst that you can get. I’m in an area where only optimum is Available and stuck with them right now. If I’m moving, their bad internet service will be one of the major reason.

  • Silda F

    He sido cliente de Optimum por largo tiempo, estoy contenta con la calidad de servicio (internet y anteriormente Internet y cable), aunque es cierto que un poco caro, pero su calidad de internet es buena en comparación con la mayoría de las compañías proveedoras…
    Pero algo con lo que he terminado disgustada más de una vez, aunque nunca como esta noche, es con su servicio al cliente, en especial de origen dominicano. Soy dominicana y esto deseo especificarlo para que se entienda mi queja, por más que ame mi país, tengo, quiero y debo admitir que el servicio al cliente en Optimum recibido por representantes dominicanos o de origen dominicano es sencillamente horrible y ante todo muy irrespetuosa! Esta es la razón por la que he decidido abrir cuenta en esta página y dar esta queja: hoy, miércoles, 18 de octubre de 2017 en la llamada de las 10.11 de la noche para ser más exacta, recibí la falta de respeto más grande que he recibido de una persona de servicio al cliente en mis años de vida.
    No puedo entender cómo Optimum se permite tener personas para atender llamadas con tan baja o ninguna formación personal ni profesional. Para empezar este joven/señor que me atendió desde un principio que recibió mi llamada no se introdujo ni siquiera propiamente, no me ayudó con lo que necesitaba, tampoco estaba bien informado por lo que pude darme cuenta y aparte de subirme la voz en tres ocasiones, tenía una canción de reguetón super alta de fondo (como si estuviese respondiendo la llamada desde un lugar público o algo así) y tampoco tenía paciencia para esperar por mí en cuanto a datos debía yo de proveerle… como impaciente por tener que irse a donde lo estaban esperando… y para finalizar, después de estar con él en el teléfono por unos 20 minutos y haber sopotado sus malas maneras de hablar y su falta de respeto cuando se dirigía a mi, cuando me decidí a decirle que me parecía que su manera y su trato eran poco profesionales e irrespetuosas me colgó la llamada.
    Creo que la compañía contrata lo peor de los dominicanos para trabajar con ellos porque no es la primera vez que me doy cuenta de este tipo de patrón de conducta en representantes de origen dominicano con los que he coincidido al llamar, aunque nunca nada cercano a lo sucedido con esta persona. Qué decepción y qué coraje te queda después de terminar tu día con este tipo de situaciones, que por más que la calidad de los servicios de la compañía sean buenos, esto es un punto que se va sumando a desanimarte y a no permanecer con ellos.

  • Donna Puma

    They over charged me , The worst customer serive I wasted soo much time on line. And on the phone ,I can’t acces my new account because it won’t allow me to create a new one since I moved .. 10 years as a customer moved to a different place in the same city .. $125 a month w no phone (I have my own modem) Srry but trying to contact them to pay my bill is insane..I paid because I need Internet .

  • Fredrica

    About four channels was remove from my package but the bill remain the same as before is this legal

  • the_Vicman 006

    BOTTOM LINE, IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE, STAY AWAY FROM OPTIMUM SPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A GAMER.
    The rules in MLB the show is, you disconnect early or rage quit you lose. So, There I am, bottom of the 9th winning 2-0 and I bring my 0.79ERA pitcher, strike out the first two guys, 0-2 on the third guy and ready to seal the game. With the pitch in mid-air optimum decide to black out service randomly. I got charged with the loss.
    I recently changed to Fios, I honestly prefer Optimum TV. Fios is as good as advertised but their tv option is hard to comprehend. However, I am hooked with a 230 a month bill at my girlfriend’s house and constantly the internet keep getting disconnected for no explanation, I called 5 times to curse them out already. This is ridiculous I can’t finish a single heroic strike in Destiny2 because Optimum keep disconnecting me halfway. I learned my lesson, no more MLB the show here but it’s frustrating that I have to go through this while paying so much. They disconnected 4 times this afternoon alone. I am not even sure I will be able to post this, I actually copied the whole thing just in case. That’s how much OPTIMUM SUCKS