How Much Does Cable TV Cost?

  There’s no place like home—especially when it has all your favorite cable channels at your fingertips. But how much will cable TV cost you?

  The major cable TV providers have plans with monthly payments between $44.99 (Spectrum TV Select) and $134.99 (DIRECTV’s PREMIER? All-Included).*

  Many cable companies offer a starter plan for about $60 per month if you want the most well-known cable channels. Mid-level plans are closer to $75 per month, and if you go all out for a premium plan, it will cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 per month.

  You may run into “basic” channel packages that cost only $20 to $25 per month. We recommend you give these basic plans a wide berth. They offer only local channels, which already freely broadcast in your area. You can pick up local channels with a digital TV antenna, which is a more affordable alternative.

  Keep in mind that TV plans vary from cable provider to provider—you’ll run into different price points, channel lineups, add-ons, and equipment.

  For example, some TV packages include premium channels like HBO?, but many cable TV providers will charge you between $10 and $20 per month to add premium channels to your plan.

  In the end, the cost of your cable TV plan could fall between $50 and $150 per month, depending in part on your tastes and interests.

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