Astound has a decent channel lineup, but we cried a little when we found out it’s missing some of our favorites, like Ion and MLB. You can’t even slip Astound a few Washingtons to add these channels to your plan. What you can pay extra for is a few dozen premium channels like HBO, Cinemax, and STARZ—some of which are often included in other providers’ top-tier plans at no additional charge. Womp womp.
If SHOWTIME is your favorite premium channel, Astound could still be a good choice. You’ll get a free year of SHO and TMC. But if you can’t get through your week without a few baseball home runs (we feel you), Astound might not be the TV provider for you.
Astound Broadband’s promotional offer extends defined, set pricing for the period of 12 months after installation on the bundle of services that constitute your service package including digital TV, high-speed Internet and/or phone. Distinct pricing exists for months 1-12. Any additional services, such as equipment, premium channels and other tiers of service are subject to an additional charge and regular increases. Additional fees apply for taxes, surcharges, equipment, activation and installation that are not included as part of the package and are subject to increases. No contract is required to take advantage of the promotional pricing and savings. No early terminations fees apply in the event service is terminated in advance of the 12-month duration. Customer is responsible for any accrued service charges in the event service is canceled.
Astound TV is the Russian doll of bundling. You have to buy Astound internet if you want its TV—which itself is a bundle of Sling (for live TV) and TiVo (for DVR and user interface). But the best bundling deal Astound offers is adding a landline for as little as one dollar a month (you read that right) for the first year.
Unfortunately, all this bundling doesn’t mean you’ll save a ton of money overall (stupid-cheap home phone service aside). After your first year, prices skyrocket. Plus, you’ll still need to spring for several add-ons to build a competitive entertainment package.
Switching to Astound won’t drain your bank account—if you play your cards right. Self-setup is free, and this provider regularly runs free-installation promotions (regularly around $80). You won’t get any special treatment (AKA reimbursement for early termination fees) to leave an old contract early, but you won’t be forced into a contract with Astound either, which is pretty cool.
To cancel TV service, you'll need to call customer service. Astound doesn’t do cancellation fees—even if you sign up for an optional annual contract. Although this policy makes us scratch our heads and wonder why Astound bothers with contracts at all if there’s no penalty for breaking them, we won’t look this gift horse in the mouth.