Spectrum TV Choice Review

If you're a Spectrum internet customer, why not reap the benefits of a customized streaming service?

Spectrum
Spectrum TV Choice
2.8 out of 5 stars
2.75
  • pro
    TV channel count: 25
  • pro
    Monthly price: $44.99/mo.
  • con
    Must be a Spectrum internet customer to subscribe
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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July 26, 2022
5 min read

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Spectrum TV Choice is a live TV streaming service available only to Spectrum internet customers in certain Spectrum areas for $44.99 per month.

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.

Pros
  • Affordable price without a contract
  • Only pay one bill for internet and TV
  • Cheaper than any basic cable TV plan on the market
Cons
  • Very few channels compared to other TV services
  • Sling TV offers 50+ channels for $5 more
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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. 

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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. But remember, TV Choice is only for existing Spectrum internet customers.

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: you won't find any TV Choice information on Spectrum’s website as it only shows their cable packages, so you’ll need to call to order. 

How much are Spectrum TV Choice’s packages?
Plan
Monthly price
Channels
Details
Spectrum TV® Choice
$44.99
/mo
25
Spectrum TV® Select
$49.99
/mo
125+

We added Spectrum’s TV® Select cable plan into the table for comparison. We should note that you can get 5x 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:

  • Sling TV gives you 35+ channels for $35 per month (including TNT and CNN)
  • Philo gives you 60+ channels for $20 per month (including Nickelodeon and Food Network)
  • Or if you're looking for 85+ channels, YouTube TV is $65 per month with most all popular channels

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.)

How much are Spectrum TV Choice’s fees?
Fee
Monthly price

Pro installation fees

$49.99, or $199.99 for Spectrum Gig

Self-installation fee

$19.99

Wi-Fi activation fee

$9.99

DVR fee

$4.99/mo.

How much do Spectrum’s internet plans cost?

Did we already mention that you'll need to be a Spectrum internet customer before subscribing to TV Choice?

Fortunately, 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.

How much are Spectrum’s internet packages?
Plan
Price
Download speed
Details
Spectrum Internet®$49.99/mo. for 12 mos.*Up to 300 Mbps
Spectrum Internet® Ultra$69.99/mo. for 12 mos.*Up to 500 Mbps
Spectrum Internet® Gig$89.99/mo. for 12 mos.Up to 1000 Mbps^
Data effective 04/28/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter.
Wireless speeds may vary.
Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum Internet® Gig promotion price is $89.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra.
^ Speed based on wired connection. Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Gig capable modem required for Gig speed. For a list of Gig capable modems, visit Spectrum.net/modem.

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.

Already have Spectrum internet?

If you're already a Spectrum internet user, we have good news! You qualify for Spectrum Mobile. Check out Spectrum's cell phone plans to see if there's a plan for you.

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:

  • A&E
  • ABC
  • Animal Planet
  • Bravo
  • CBS
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery
  • Food Network
  • FOX
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HBO Max
  • HGTV
  • HISTORY
  • Lifetime Movie Network (LMN)
  • Oxygen
  • Paramount Pictures
  • STARZ ENCORE
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • USA

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.

How much are Spectrum TV Choice’s premium channels?
Channel
Add-on monthly price

Spectrum Premium Pack

$40.00/mo.

HBO Max

$15.00/mo.

SHOWTIME

$15.00/mo.

STARZ

$9.99/mo.

STARZ ENCORE

$5.99/mo.

THE MOVIE CHANNEL (TMC)

$9.99/mo.

Spectrum TV Choice doesn’t have CINEMAX or EPIX, so you might need to order these as their own separate app to watch Warrior and Godfather of Harlem.

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 is not 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 (because—don't forget—you have to be a Spectrum internet customer to get Choice TV), and you want a guide with only the channels you love.

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

Enter your ZIP code to see if Spectrum is available in your area.
Chantel Buchi
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Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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