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Spectrum TV Choice Review
Become a Spectrum internet customer and reap the benefits of a customized streaming service
Spectrum TV Choice is a live TV streaming service available to specific Spectrum customers for $44.99 per month. (The representative let us know that it is now "by invitation" to order this service from Spectrum, either offered over the phone or to internet customers.)
This streaming service gives you a personalized experience by letting you choose (hence, the name Choice) at least 15 of the channels in your lineup from a selection of local channels and popular networks.
Although the price and customization make this service stand out, you’ll only get 25 cable TV channels, depending on where you live.
If you like the idea of simplicity, this could be your next live TV streaming service. We’ll go over all of the details to help you decide.
- Affordable price without a contract
- Only pay one bill for internet and TV
- Cheaper than any basic cable TV plan on the market
- Very few channels compared to other TV services
- Sling TV offers 35+ channels for $5 more
Spectrum is one of the largest cable TV and internet providers in the country. If you're considering Spectrum TV in your area, then Spectrum Internet is probably an option for you too. Check out Spectrum's Internet plans to see if it makes sense to bundle your services.
How much does Spectrum TV Choice cost?
Spectrum TV Choice costs the price of a t-shirt, a quick meal for two, or that fourth pair of knock-off sunglasses you probably don’t need.
This live TV streaming service is $45 per month for 25 channels when you order Spectrum internet (jump down to the internet section to see your download speed options).
Just a heads up: we couldn’t find any TV Choice information on Spectrum’s website when we entered our home address, and it only showed us their cable packages. If you run into this problem, as well, you’ll need to call to order.
We added Spectrum’s TV® Select plan into the table for comparison. We should note that you can get 4x the number of channels for $5 more with Spectrum cable TV.
If you’re looking for more than 25 channels, honestly, all other live TV streaming services might suit you more if you’re looking for a cheap cable alternative:
Does Spectrum TV Choice have a contract?
Spectrum has zero contracts for any of its services! They know how to make the people happy!
Does Spectrum TV Choice have fees?
If you’re thinking of becoming a Spectrum internet and Choice customer, you’ll have a few internet fees to pay for.
But the best thing about these fees is that they’re all one-time fees.
We’re not a fan of the idea of spending an extra $5 per month for 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage, though. (Jump down to the DVR section for more information.)
Pro installation fees
$49.99, or $199.99 for Spectrum Gig
Wi-Fi activation fee
How much do Spectrum’s internet plans cost?
|Spectrum Internet®||$49.99/mo. for 12 mos.*||Up to 200 Mbps†||View Plan|
|Spectrum Internet® Ultra||$69.99/mo. for 12 mos.*||Up to 400 Mbps†||View Plan|
|Spectrum Internet® Gig||$89.99/mo. for 12 mos.‡||Up to 1000 Mbps^||View Plan|
Our internet expert, Catherine McNally, points out that Spectrum offers sufficient internet speeds for any home with members who want to work from home, stream, or game without worrying about the buffering icon.
We really like how Spectrum doesn’t come with a contract! You can cancel at any time.
Keep that in mind because Spectrum says after the first year of your service, “standard rates apply.” Spectrum isn’t clear as to how much your bill will increase afterward.
You’ll get a few perks with Spectrum’s internet plans. Each plan comes with a free internet modem, and the Gig plan comes with free anti-virus software.
Spectrum is an anomaly in the industry because most internet providers charge $10-$20 per month to rent equipment, and it might be the only internet provider to include anti-virus software into its plan.
If you need more guidance into which internet plan will be best for you, check out our Spectrum Internet Review.
Which channels does Spectrum TV Choice have?
Spectrum TV Choice is like a custom streaming service just for you. How?
Well, what sets Spectrum apart from other live TV streaming services is that you get to choose 15 channels out of a bunch of local and popular networks to be on your channel lineup (but the representative didn't specify how many is a "bunch").
In summer of 2021, you were able to choose premium channels, like HBO Max and STARZ, as part of your 15. But we're not sure now that they have taken down information of TV Choice off of their website.
The representative promised 25 channels, which is better than the possible 10–15 Spectrum promised before. We urge you to ask the representative for a 7-day trial to see if it offers the channel lineup you and the family will enjoy.
Spectrum TV Choice channels (we believe) you can choose from include the following:
- Animal Planet
- Comedy Central
- Food Network
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- HBO Max
- Lifetime Movie Network (LMN)
- Paramount Pictures
- STARZ ENCORE
Does Spectrum TV Choice have premium channels and add-ons?
This live TV streaming service is perfect for those who want their favorite channels and all of the premium content.
Spectrum TV Choice advertises the Spectrum Premium Pack for Choice customers because it’s the best premium channel deal you can get with this service.
Five premium channels for $40 per month? That’s a sweet deal.
Watch excellent series and movies from HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, and THE MOVIE CHANNEL with this Pack. You’ll save $16 per month than if you were to order them separately.
Add-on monthly price
Spectrum Premium Pack
THE MOVIE CHANNEL (TMC)
Which devices are compatible with Spectrum TV Choice?
Spectrum TV Choice makes it easy to stream live TV channels and on-demand content while at home relaxing on the couch, or on the go waiting in line at Disneyland.
You can stream on unlimited devices while at home, and while away from home, you can stream on two.
But the bummer is this live TV streaming service is compatible with many devices, but not all.
The Spectrum TV app is compatible with the following streaming devices:
- iPhones, iPads
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Kindle Fire (excluding the first generation)
- Google Chromecast
- Xbox One
- Samsung Smart TVs (2012 and newer)
Spectrum TV Choice’s DVR storage is disappointing
We’re not happy with the fact that you get a limited number of live channels with this service, and you have to pay a little extra for the DVR service.
We think Spectrum TV Choice should include the Cloud DVR storage if it wants to be a competitive live TV streaming service.
For $4.99 per month, you get 50 SD storage hours. But 50 hours might be enough if you think you couldn’t possibly record and save 50 TV shows or 20 movies.
Just make sure you watch your recordings within 90 days because they’ll erase from your library at that point.
Recap: Is Spectrum TV Choice worth it?
Spectrum TV Choice isn’t one of our top five picks for live TV streaming services.
Compared to fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and Philo, the value of this service is comparably low.
Spectrum TV Choice only gives you 25 channels for $45. That's almost $2 per channel, making it one of the most expensive live TV streaming services.
But this live TV streaming service is for you if you like the simplicity of one bill with one service, and you want a guide with only the channels you love.