RCN Cable TV Service Review 2020

RCN’s contract-free TV and bundles are perfect for those on the East Coast
The logo for RCN internet, with the letters RCN in purple and a purple and green leaf shape to the left of the letters
Overall Rating 3.25 out of 5
Monthly price:
$44.99–$69.99
Available channels:
295+

Most cable providers try to lock you into a long contract by promising sweet deals upfront. But not RCN. All of its plans are month-to-month, and the prices are actually on the lower end of the spectrum.

But RCN isn’t for everyone. It’s only available in six different areas on the East Coast: Boston, Chicago, DC Metro, Lehigh Valley, New York, and Philadelphia. RCN also makes it simple with just one TV plan and one bundle option.

If you live in one of these areas, let’s get into the details to see if this is the right cable TV provider for you and your family.

How much is RCN Cable?
PlanMonthly price*TV channel countDetails
Digital TV$44.99–$69.99295+View Plans
Data effective 9/24/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months.

Pros

  • Contract-free packages
  • Affordable TV and bundles
  • Fiber-optic network

Cons

  • Only one standalone TV plan
  • Extra costs for DVR and other equipment

How much does RCN Cable cost?

RCN offers affordability and flexibility with its TV plan. Yep, there’s just one.

As we mentioned above, RCN is only available in six cities in the US. Yes, there is only one TV plan for each city, but the pricing is different in all six areas.

Kind of confusing, we know.

Either way, the monthly price for your RCN cable bill will most likely be lower than any other cable TV provider in your area. So, why not take advantage! Save a few dollars for those Nike shoes you have your eye on.

How much are RCN Cable's plans?
PlanMonthly price*TV channel countDetails
DC Metro$69.99295+View Plan
Boston$44.99295+View Plan
Chicago$47.99295+View Plan
Lehigh Valley$59.99295+View Plan
New York$59.99295+View Plan
Philadelphia$59.99295+View Plan
Data effective 9/24/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months.

While RCN only has one standalone package for its TV customers, that package can be custom built with channel add-ons and international packages (more on that below).

Does RCN Cable have a contract?

RCN’s minimalist attitude also extends to its contracts: it has none.

None of the company’s plans require a contract. Its prices are guaranteed for 12-months, and you can cancel any time without penalty.

Does RCN Cable have fees?

RCN’s fine print warns that there may be additional fees “for taxes, surcharges, equipment, activation and installation that are not included as part of the package and are subject to increases.”1

While that ambiguous statement may sound ominous, we’ll help clear up some fee prices.

The activation fee is self-explanatory (and also not too bad of a price), and if you need a TV outlet installed in your home, RCN kindly does the service for you for $35 each outlet (which isn’t too bad, as well).

How much are RCN Cable's fees?
FeePrice
Activation fee$9.99 (one-time)
TV outlet installation$35 per outlet

*Data effective 9/24/2020.

As for the equipment, the charges increase with each TV you add on to your plan. You can choose between an HD converter or a digital converter, RCN’s versions of set-top boxes.

So if you need an HD converter in your living room, your bedroom, and your daughter’s bedroom, expect to add $43 to your monthly bill (yikes).

We don’t like that price, but if you want to enjoy high definition … budget accordingly.

How much are RCN Cable's equipment fees?
# of TVsHD converterDigital converter
One TV$6/mo.$2/mo.
Two TVs$24.45/mo.$13/mo.
Three TVs$42.90/mo.$24/mo.
Four TVs$61.35/mo.$35/mo.

*Data effective 9/24/2020.

How much are RCN Cable’s installation costs?

When you check out, RCN will want you to add on a $50 installation fee to your bill. But don’t do it: you can get free installation.

The company gives out free installation coupons like they grow on trees. Just Google“RCN installation coupon” and you’ll find a coupon code. Use that $50 to treat you to something nice.

How much do RCN Cable’s bundles cost?

If you decide to bundle with RCN, you’ll have a few packages to choose from. In fact, you can get a wider variety of TV plans by bundling than by buying a standalone TV plan.

RCN’s TV/internet/phone plan combinations and prices vary widely by service area (check RCN’s website to see what it offers in your area), but here are some of its most widely available bundles to give you an idea.

How much are RCN Cable's bundles?
PlanMonthly priceTV channel countDownload speedsDetails
Digital Basic TV + 50 Mbps Internet + Phone$49.9960+50 MbpsView Plan
Signature TV + 250 Mbps Internet + Phone$99.99295+250 MbpsView Plan
Digital Basic TV + Phone$20.0060+N/AView Plan
Signature TV + Phone$69.9960+N/AView Plan
Digital Basic TV + 250 Mbps Internet$54.9960+250 MbpsView Plan
Signature TV + 250 Mbps Internet$89.99295+250 MbpsView Plan
Data effective 9/24/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months.

As you may have noticed, it’s not too much more for internet or phone service on top of your TV service. And the best thing about it is you only have to worry about one bill. We can all use a little more simplicity in our lives.

You also have the option to keep your bill lower if you’re just fine with 60 channels, but also want the internet for streaming and unlimited nationwide calling.

Which channels does RCN Cable have?

Some limited options, but still plenty of faves on this channel list

Game of Thrones is over—you gotta move on. But what comes next? Well, that largely depends on what cable channels you’ve got (or, of course, streaming services).

If you sign up for RCN’s Digital TV package, then you’ll have lots of popular channels that will give you plenty of new shows to obsess over. (And 77 high-definition channels to enjoy).

You can get the full channel lineup on RCN’s website, or get the sneak peak right here:

  • BBC America
  • Cartoon Network
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • FX
  • Hallmark Channel
  • HGTV
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • Nickelodeon
  • Paramount Network
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • TNT
  • Univision
  • USA

Digital Basic TV includes the following channels in its lineup:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • The CW
  • Cozi TV
  • FOX
  • HSN
  • NBC
  • Telemundo
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • QVC
  • Univision

Which premium channels does RCN Cable have?

When it comes to premium channels, RCN’s prices are about the same as other major television companies, besides HBO Max. We’ve never seen HBO Max for this high of a price with any other TV service, so we recommend subscribing for HBO Max through the app itself.

ChannelPrice
HBO Max$21.95/mo.
HBO $11.99/mo.
SHOWTIME + The Movie Channel $16.95/mo.
CINEMAX$9.95/mo.
STARZ$11.95/mo.
Premiere Sports$16.99/mo.
Premiere Entertainment$14.99/mo.
Premiere News & Information$10.99/mo.
Premiere Family & Kids$10.99/mo.
Premiere Total Pack$26.99/mo.

Date effective 9/24/2020.

Keep in mind, the HBO price will stay the same for 12 months, but your year is up, the pricing will go up to $14.99/month (the original price).

Premiere Sports includes channels like NFL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, and NHL Network.

Premiere Entertainment will have your Starz Encore, MTV2, Nat Geo Wild, and VH1 Classic.

Premiere News & Information is for the newsies who like their daily CNN International, Bloomberg Television, and Smithsonian Channel.

Perfect for families, Premiere Family & Kids has channels such as Nick Jr., Cooking Channel, and Discover Family.

And lastly, Premiere Total Pack includes all of these channels, with select channels from the Premiere Sports add-on.

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Which international packages does RCN Cable have?
RCN Cable has three international packages to choose from at checkout: MiVision package, Sona package, and Portuguese package. They range from $22.95–$39.95 per month.

What equipment and features does RCN Cable have?

Watch your daughter’s game at school without missing the game on TV

How many times have you said no to a dinner party so you could stay in and watch your team dominate (or not) in a home game? With a DVR system, you’ll never have to ditch on dinner again. (You can still use the game as an excuse—we won’t blow your cover).

The company has teamed up with TiVo, one of the best DVR services on the market, to offer DVR rental options. And heads up, the pricing for the DVRs will differ based on which area you live.

How much storage space does RCN Cable's DVR have?
Device2-tuner DVR4-tuner DVR6-tuner DVR
Monthly price$10–$20/mo.$10–$20/mo.$10–$20/mo.
Storage hours45 HD hours75 HD hours or 650 SD hours150 HD hours or 1,000 SD hours
Simultaneous recordings246

*Data effective 9/24/2020.

Recap: Is RCN Cable worth it?

RCN keeps things simple for those on the East Coast

If you live on the East Coast and you want an inexpensive standalone TV package or an affordable bundle, RCN Cable is for you. It’s also for you if you don’t like committing to a contract.

RCN Cable is not for you if you want more TV packages to choose from. If this is you, check out our top cable TV providers. Or we suggest a live TV streaming service to avoid the headache of fees and equipment.

Sources

1. RCN, “Terms and Conditions