Mediacom Cable TV Service Review 2020

Mediacom isn’t available nationwide. But if it’s available in your area, it could be one of the best cable TV options
Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5
Price::
$79.98–$129.98
Channels::
170

Mediacom has got the bundle that meets your wishes for cable television, phone usage, and internet for a pretty sweet price.

But the really sweet price on these bundles only lasts for the first year of your service. So you could say the “promo price” is a sweetener for new customers.

This cable company doesn’t offer standalone TV plans, but all of Mediacom’s TV bundles include a set-top box with over 170 channels. Each bundle also includes unlimited nationwide calling. The internet download speeds you choose, which range from 60–1,000 Mbps, will be the deciding factor in your bundled price.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about this TV provider to see if it’s right for your home.

Pros

  • Fair-priced bundling
  • Lots of bundling options to fit your needs

Cons

  • Prices increase after your first 12 months
  • TV must be bundled with internet or phone
  • Limited availability

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How much does Mediacom cost?

Mediacom has 11 bundling options ranging from $80 to $130 for your first year of service.

Mediacom’s bundle prices are similar to other cable and satellite companies.  Mediacom also has tons of bundling choices to tend to your needs of TV, internet, and phone usage. This is good news for those of you who live in the 22 states where it’s available.

We list out all of the plans below, but we’ll talk about our favorite picks later on.

All Mediacom cable TV bundle plans
PlanTV channel countMonthly price*Download speedsDetails
Xtream Silver 60†¶170+$79.98/mo. for 12 months60 MbpsView Plan
Family TV with Box and Internet 60170+$79.98/mo. for 12 months60 MbpsView Plan
Family TV + Phone170+$89.98/mo. for 12 monthsN/AView Plan
Xtream Silver 100†¶170+$99.98/mo. for 12 months100 MbpsView Plan
Family TV + Internet 100170+$99.98/mo. for 12 months100 MbpsView Plan
Xtream Silver 200†¶170+$109.98/mo. for 12 months200 MbpsView Plan
Family TV + Internet 200170+$109.98/mo. for 12 months200 MbpsView Plan
Xtream Silver 500†¶170+$119.98/mo. for 12 months500 MbpsView Plan
Family TV + Internet 500170+$119.98/mo. for 12 months500 MbpsView Plan
Xtream Silver 1 Gigabit†¶170+$129.98/mo. for 12 months1,000 MbpsView Plan
Family TV + Gigabit Internet170+$129.98/mo. for 12 months1,000 MbpsView Plan

*Data effective 1/16/2020.

†Includes TiVo, TiVo receiver, Xtream voice remote, internet, in-home Wi-Fi, phone, and voicemail.

‡Includes TiVo, TiVo receiver, Xtream voice remote, internet, and in-home Wi-Fi.

¶ Includes unlimited nationwide calling.

Does Mediacom have a contract?

No contract here! But here’s the catch: your bundle’s monthly price will increase after the first year. The monthly price for your bundle will go up by $20–$50 each year.

By the time you get to your fourth year of service, you’re spending at least $100 more than you were during your first year (WHAT?).

We’ve never seen prices this high for cable TV. So until Mediacom changes its price hikes, we recommend you use this cable service for no more than one year. Enjoy the reasonably-priced bundles while you can.

Mediacom bundle price increase
PlanFirst year price*Second year price*Third year price*Fourth year price*
Xtream Silver 60$79.98/mo.$119.99/mo.$139.99/mo.$179.98/mo.
Family TV with Box and Internet 60$79.98/mo.$119.99/mo.$139.99/mo.$179.98/mo.
Family TV + Phone$89.98/mo.$119.99/mo.$129.99/mo.$165.99/mo.
Xtream Silver 100$99.98/mo.$129.99/mo.$149.99/mo.$189.99/mo.
Family TV + Internet 100$99.98/mo.$129.99/mo.$149.99/mo.$189.99/mo.
Xtream Silver 200$109.98/mo.$139.99/mo.$169.99/mo.$209.99/mo.
Family TV + Internet 200$109.98/mo.$139.99/mo.$169.99/mo.$209.99/mo.
Xtream Silver 500$119.98/mo.$149.99/mo.$189.99/mo.$229.99/mo.
Family TV + Internet 500$119.98/mo.$149.99/mo.$189.99/mo.$229.99/mo.
Xtream Silver 1 Gigabit$129.98/mo.$159.99/mo.$209.99/mo.$249.99/mo.
Family TV + Gigabit Internet$129.98/mo.$159.99/mo.$209.99/mo.$249.99/mo.

*Data effective 1/16/2020.

Does Mediacom have fees?

Unfortunately, yes. But let me tell you a little secret: you can avoid the installation fee if you sign up online. You’re welcome.

Oh, and another secret! You can avoid the $10 per month modem fee if you buy your own. Just make sure that it’s got DOCSIS 3.0 or DOCSIS 3.1 technology. Snag this one-time $60 purchase of the NETGEAR model CM500.

Although all plans include the TiVo receiver equipment, you won’t get out of paying the monthly service for DVR. So. Add another $15–$20 on your monthly bill.

Mediacom fees
FeePrice*
TiVo DVR service$14.95/mo.
TiVo DVR multi-room service$19.95/mo.
Local broadcast fee$13.45–$20.38/mo.
Regional sports fee$1.64–$12.00/mo.
Installation fee$99 (one-time)
Activation fee$10 (one-time)
Modem fee$10/mo.

*Date effective 1/16/2020.

Which Mediacom package is the best?

The Xtream Silver bundles seem to be the best. All of them include unlimited nationwide calling, a TiVo receiver, an Xtream voice remote, internet, and Wi-Fi. The only thing that’s different with each of these bundles is the speed of the internet. Easy enough.

Another bonus to Xtream: you can use the internet on your TV and see phone calls on your TV. You can make the choice to get off the couch (or not) if a pesky telemarketer is calling.

Which channels does Mediacom have?

A pretty solid channel lineup makes for a pretty happy family.

Mediacom has a pretty good amount of popular channels you and your family or roommates can enjoy. This cable provider includes the following channels:

  • Animal Planet
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Disney Channel
  • Food Network
  • FOX News
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • Hallmark Channel
  • HGTV
  • HISTORY
  • Lifetime
  • National Geographic Channel
  • Nickelodeon
  • TBS
  • And more

Keep in mind,  there are about 50 music channels. If you love music, by all means, jam away while you cook dinner. If your dad is like mine, he’ll be listening to Music Choice Classic Rock while he’s sweeping the floors.

Which sports channels does Mediacom have?

Finally, for the most important section. Sports. Who wants cable TV without sports channels? No one in their right mind.

Out of the 170+ channels, minus the 50 music channels, Mediacom has a pretty solid sports channel lineup. You may not get to enjoy some niche sports channels like NFL Network or NBA TV, but you get a fair amount of channels with talk shows and some game coverage.

Mediacom’s TV bundles include the following sports channels:

  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FOX Sports South
  • FOX Sports Southeast
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • NBC Sports Network
  • SEC Network
  • Tennis Channel

Premium channels and add-on “paks”

Some of us need our Big Little Lies or our Power, and simply can’t live without it. So much so that we’re willing to pay $11–$20 for it.

But guess what? Mediacom gives you a free subscription to STARZ for the first three months. Just don’t forget to cancel it after those three months, or you’ll be charged $11.

Mediacom premium channels
ChannelAdd-on monthly price
HBO$18.95/mo.
STARZ$11/mo.
CINEMAX$12.95/mo.
SHOWTIME$14.95/mo.

Mediacom also has “paks” for sports fanatics, the kiddos, and the movie and music buffs. The Sports & Information Pak is where you’ll find your NFL Network and FOX College Sports. You’ll also need a subscription to this pak if you want to subscribe to NFL RedZone.

Mediacom “paks”
PakChannel countAdd-on monthly price
Sports & Information20+$7.95/mo.
Kids & Variety20+$7.95/mo.
Movies & Music15+$7.95/mo.
NFL RedZoneN/A$54.99/mo.

What is Mediacom TV Everywhere?

If you want to watch a popular cable network or a movie on-the-go, TV Everywhere steps in. This is perfect for when you need a mental break in between college classes.

Sign in to the Xtream TV app on your tablet, computer, or smartphone to start streaming live TV or watch your recordings. You could easily watch Food Network or ESPN during your lunch break.

TiVo DVR

You can go on a recording spree with the TiVo DVR.

Need to record all 201 episodes of The Office, 236 episodes of Friends, and 190 movies? Well, don’t worry. The TiVo DVR has got you covered. This DVR can record 1,000 SD and 150 HD hours before capping out on space.

And if you get the TiVo DVR multi-room service, you can record and watch on every single TV in your home.

How does Mediacom work?

Watch what you want in a jiff with the included Xtream voice remote.

Mediacom has a TiVo search and guide that’s similar to other traditional cable TV providers. But the Xtream voice remote makes life easier.

Just say, “Hey, TiVo! Show me Disney movies,” “launch Netflix,” or “play the latest episode of Party of Five,” and your wish will be granted. All with the command of your voice.

Recap: Is Mediacom worth it?

For one year, enjoy a bundle with decent pricing and channels before your monthly payments increase.

Mediacom is definitely worth the price tag when you get more than 170 channels, unlimited nationwide calling, and your choice of internet speed. But keep in mind that the price is worth paying for the first year or two.

Mediacom’s availability is also a little scarce, with it being available in only 22 states and select cities.

If you don’t live in an area where Mediacom is available, or you’re worried you’ll get attached and don’t want to worry about finding another new cable TV provider down the road, check out our top cable TV provider picks.

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What do you think?

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