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Best cable and satellite TV deals

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Updated 3/30/23

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Cable and satellite TV providers change up their promotions constantly, but there are always good deals to be found. We share the different types of TV package promotions to look for, how to know if you’re getting a good deal, and which providers offer the most exciting savings and bonuses.

Types of TV service deals

Satellite and cable TV deals change all the time, but one thing remains the same: new customers always get the best deals. Providers regularly offer low introductory rates, prepaid cards, and complimentary access to streaming services or premium channels to tempt you to sign up.

Introductory rates are often significantly lower than the standard rate, but usually only last for one year or less. If you avoid long-term contracts with early termination fees, you can keep your options open and switch to a new provider to avoid the price hike. It’s sometimes possible to avoid contracts with cable TV providers and still get a promo deal, but satellite TV providers almost always require 24-month contracts.

Existing customers won’t be eligible for the same promotional rates as new customers, but you may still be able to get a discount from your current provider by bundling TV service with internet or phone service.

Other ways to save

If you want to spend less on your monthly TV bill, there are more ways than ever to do it. You can save by bundling TV with internet service, taking advantage of discounts for automatic payments, or cutting back on premium channels.

If you can do without traditional cable or satellite TV, it’s getting easier than ever to cut the cord. There are a variety of streaming services available nowadays, and some even offer live TV streaming.

Want to get rid of your TV bill entirely? You can buy a digital TV antenna for less than the cost of a month of cable TV service and watch local broadcast television channels like ABC, FOX, and PBS for free.

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How to get a good deal on TV service

Getting the best deal on TV service isn’t just about finding the plan with the lowest cost per channel. You also have to read the fine print and dig into the hidden costs. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the best value:

  1. Find out which TV service providers are available in your area.
  2. Compare the monthly prices for TV plans that include the channels you can’t live without. Make sure to look at the promotional and regular rates.
  3. Check the fine print of each plan’s terms to see if a contract is required or if your price will go up after the promotional term ends.
  4. Look for additional costs and hidden fees. These can include fees for cable or satellite TV receivers, DVRs, professional installation, activation, premium channels, sports packages, and broadcast TV service charges.
  5. Choose the TV package with the best overall price and most favorable terms.
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Providers with the best TV service deals

Here are the satellite and cable TV providers that offer the best promotions for new and existing customers:

  • Verizon Fios: Get a $50 or $200 Verizon gift card when you sign up for a Fios TV package (limited time, no specified end date).
  • Spectrum: Save $20 per month for the first year when you sign up for Spectrum TV Select with an introductory rate of $59.99 per month (limited time, no specified end date).
  • Spectrum: New and existing customers can get a year of access to the Peacock Premium streaming service for free (limited time, no specified end date).
  • DISH: New customers get their price guaranteed for three years, plus free installation of the satellite dish and DVR equipment (ongoing promotion, requires 24-month contract).
  • DIRECTV: Get a $300 prepaid card when you switch from DISH (promo cod SWITCH) or $200 when you switch from a different provider (promo code SWAP), plus three months of free premium channels (limited-time deal, requires a 24-month contract).
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Brittany is a Contributing Writer for Switchful with over five years of experience writing about technology in the US and Europe. Her primary focus is on mobile and internet topics. She is passionate about helping people choose the right tech for their needs at the right price.

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Vilja Johnson leads Switchful's editorial and creative teams. She has been editing content in the consumer tech space since 2016, and she has over a decade of experience teaching writing and editing. She's passionate about creating content that resonates with people and helps them solve real, day-to-day problems. In her free time, Vilja serves on the board of directors for the PrisonEd Foundation, where she runs a writing program for inmates in Utah prisons and jails.