Xfinity TV Service Review
|Plan||TV channel count||Price||Details|
|Digital Starter||140+||$49.99/mo.||View Plan|
|Digital Preferred||220+||$59.99/mo.||View Plan|
|Digital Premier||260+||$104.99/mo.||View Plan|
You’ll probably hear about Xfinity more than other cable providers because it serves more people. Xfinity is pound-for-pound one of the best TV services out there.
Xfinity TV lets you go contract-free, includes a big on-demand video library, and can be bundled with Xfinity Internet for a good deal.
- Contract-free option
- Great on-demand video selection
- Additional fees stack up quickly
- High price per channel
Xfinity TV packages and pricing
Save $10 per month with a contract, but no-contract freedom may be worth it.
Xfinity gives you the option to forego a contract so you can avoid early termination fees. But those who just want to get a good price for their TV can save about $10 per month by signing a contract—just read that fine print so those devilish details don’t drag you down later.
|Plan||Price||TV channel count||Details|
|Digital Starter||$49.99/mo.*||140+||View Plan|
|Digital Preferred||$59.99/mo.*||220+||View Plan|
|Digital Premier||$104.99/mo.*||260+||View Plan|
Xfinity excels most when you combine TV and internet—saving you money and enhancing your TV experience.
We think XFINITY works best when bundled. You get high internet speeds with plenty of data and your X1 DVR will integrate with other web apps like Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube.
|Plan||Price||TV channel count||Internet download speed||Details|
|X1 Starter Double Play||$79.99/mo.*||140+||150 Mbps||View Plans|
|X1 Preferred Double Play||$114.99/mo.*||220+||150 Mbps||View Plans|
|X1 Premier Double Play||$134.99/mo.*||260+||150 Mbps||View Plans|
Which Xfinity package is the best?
- Xfinity’s X1 Preferred Double Play has high channel counts and fast internet speeds that will cover most people’s needs.
- The Digital Starter package includes most of the top channels, and for what you get, $49.99 a month isn’t a bad deal in the world of cable.
You can add phone or home security service to any TV or internet service and save even more cash— phone and home security features work with the X1 remote, too.
Expect to pay for what you get with Xfinity: the more you combine services, the more money you save. And while we think the cheapest package, Digital Starter, has what most people want from TV, we know that we prefer not having to switch inputs to get to Netflix or YouTube. We’re lazy like that—and we like it.
Xfinity gives you the option of choosing a no-contract deal, but you’ll save if you sign up for a 1- or 2-year agreement.
It bears repeating: we like that XFINITY gives you a no-contract option, especially considering most providers will charge up to $240 or more if you want to leave your agreement early.
However, most of the bundled packages require a one-year contract.
The nice thing about contracts is being able to budget for two years, just clarify if your price will go up after the first or second year. Otherwise, you may be in for a surprise.
Xfinity’s early termination fees
Hopefully, if you get into a contract, you’re not planning on getting out of it. If it comes down to it, though, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $240 (or more) in early termination fees, depending on service level and months remaining on your contract.
Xfinity’s additional fees
Be aware of other potential charges from Xfinity.
- HD fee: $10
- Additional TV fee: $5.99-$9.99/mo. per TV
- DVR fee: $10/mo.
- Broadcast fee: up to $10/mo.
- Sports fee: up to $8/mo.
These fees are average in the world of cable TV services, but we prefer when they’re baked into a package’s price like with DISH TV.
Also, additional TVs with DVRs can rack up costs quickly, but we think it’s worth it to get service to each room in the house if that’s what you’re into. One person who loves Modern Family can relax while someone else is in another room cheering for their favorite team during Monday Night Football.
Xfinity’s installation costs
DIY can save you some money, but a professional install might make your life easier.
A self-install kit from Xfinity costs about $15, so if you’re comfortable with it, you can definitely save some money. Professional installation can cost $60 to $90 (or more) depending on where you live and which services you’re signing up for.
You don’t have to buy the top package to get the top channels.
Check out the full channel guide.
We’re glad to see that the things people actually watch are included even in Xfinity’s lower-tiered packages. With other brands, you may have to upgrade to get FOX News, ESPN, or Cartoon Network, but with Xfinity’s $49.99 per month Digital Starter package, you get all that and a ton more—especially when you consider on-demand content.
Premium channels from Xfinity carry an average price
For all you Young Pope or West World fans, you’ll like getting your shows on demand right after they air (usually around midnight or the next morning).
Data effective 10/24/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
XFINITY isn’t a much better deal than the next provider when it comes to premiums. But at least they aren’t missing any of the major networks.
Best packages for sports.
Xfinity offers the following sports:
- College sports
You can also add the Sports Entertainment package to make sure you get NFL Network, NFL RedZone, ESPN Goal Line, and FCS.
Even the Digital Starter pack from Xfinity includes ESPN, ESPN2, and FOX Sports 1 —all in HD or SD quality, so you don’t have to subscribe to the higher-priced packages to fill out your lineup. But you will get ESPNU, ESPN News, and FOX Sports 2 in the Preferred packages. (Remember, these may or may not be included, depending on your location.)
You get a XFINITY’s on-demand content library
Xfinity offers the following add-on packages:
- Premium channels
- International programming
- And more
Although you can buy or rent the latest movies, Xfinity boasts that its library is 90 percent free.1 The on-demand programming is perhaps our favorite aspect of Xfinity, because it lets you watch House Hunters from your phone when you’re laying in bed, or pull up The Daily Show on your laptop while you’re eating macaroons at the cafe.
Xfinity equipment and features
Xfinity’s cloud-based DVR uses voice control for quicker searching.
|DVR||Price||Simultaneous recordings||Learn more|
*DVR service fee may vary by area and may be included with some packages. Some packages and/or areas may require an HD service fee in addition to the DVR fee.
The X1 acts as more than just a DVR and gives you the ability to use voice controls with the X1 remote. This is great because you can use voice controls for your other services, such as resetting your Wi-Fi, arming your security system, or answering a phone call. It’s the hub to your connected Xfinity home—however, you need to subscribe to Xfinity Internet, as well.
With the X1 DVR from Xfinity, you can record and watch up to six shows at once, which is better than other DVRs with their one- or two-show recording limits.
The cloud DVR makes it able to go mobile, which can be so freeing when you want to roam throughout the house doing chores while you catch up on Tina’s crushes on Bob’s Burgers.
Xfinity customer service
Xfinity hasn’t won everybody over.
Xfinity’s customer service gets a bad rap, which isn’t unusual for any TV service. Since more people are familiar with Xfinity, you may hear about it more.
We’re not defending poor customer service by any means, but we’ve seen issues mostly related to billing and outages. With billing, you can help control and clarify from the get-go. Outages, on the other hand, are unpredictable yet seldom last long.
Xfinity TV recap
Xfinity is a worthy service, but it is a bit expensive.
Listen, we’re not huge fans of big bills, but when it comes to cable or satellite TV service, it’s what we’ve come to expect. Xfinity does TV better than a lot of its competitors, especially the smaller ones, and many customer concerns about billing and outages can be resolved through patience and communication.
You won’t miss out on key channels like you might with a streaming service, and you’ll be able to record whatever you want and pull up tons of free on-demand content.
A few of us have been using Xfinity for years, and for the most part, we forget about the service while we watch TV—which is what we want. We want a service that doesn’t get in the way and that maybe even feels rewarding—like when you’re the one who’s able to access the newest episode of Game of Thrones for a watch party.
- Xfinity.com, Xfinity on Demand.