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Best Cable Companies and Satellite TV Providers in Phoenix, AZ

Aug. 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Whether it’s local news, family sitcoms or must-see dramas, TV programming delivers information and entertainment to your household. When choosing a television provider, find a company that offers precisely what you want. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best cable companies and satellite TV providers in Phoenix to help find the best home entertainment option for you.

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#2
Satellite Management Services
Satellite Management Services
Features
  • Master distributor of programming with DISH Network
  • Bulk & digital programming available
  • Offers Neighborhood Value Program upgrades
  • Multiple channel packages available
Location
4529 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
(602) 386-4444
#3
AT&T
AT&T
Features
  • DIRECTV packages start at $35/month
  • No activation fee when ordered online
  • Free HBO for 1 year
  • Advanced HD DVR allows 72-hour rewind
Location
20235 N. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. A100
Phoenix, AZ 85024
(602) 482-2322
#4
Cable ONE
Cable ONE
Features
  • Watch on the go with TV Everywhere
  • Service Guard add-on available for all plans
  • Offers digital value pack at $15/month
  • HD cable TV packages start at $40/month
Location
210 E. Earl Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 364-6000
Cox Communications
Cox Communications
Features
  • M-Sat: 10am - 7pm
  • Closed Sun
  • cox.com
Location
1550 W. Deer Valley Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(888) 751-9138
Spectrum
Spectrum
Features
  • M-Sat: 10am - 8pm
  • Sun: 12pm - 5pm
  • spectrum.com
Location
1401 Yuma Palms Pkwy., Ste. 40
Yuma, AZ 85365
(888) 406-7063
CenturyLink
CenturyLink
Features
  • M-Sun: 7am -10pm
  • centurylink.com
Location
15425 S. 48th St., Ste. 104
Phoenix, AZ 85044
(480) 264-0832
Channel Choice
Channel Choice
Features
  • M-F: 9am - 6pm
  • Sat: 9am - 2pm
  • Closed Sun
  • channelchoice.com
Location
7050 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 3
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 347-1466
Cable TV Experts
Cable TV Experts
Features
  • M-Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Closed Sun
  • cabletvbargains.com
Location
310 W. Washington St.
Peorioa, AZ 85003
(602) 635-1692
Zona Communications
Zona Communications
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • zonacommunications.com
Location
28620 N. El Mirage Rd., Ste. 101
Peoria, AZ 85383
(623) 455-4555
Orbitel Communications
Orbitel Communications
Features
  • M-F: 9am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • orbitelcom.com
Location
9666 E. Riggs Rd., Ste. 108
Sun Lakes, AZ 85248
(480) 895-8084

Choosing a cable company or satellite TV provider in Phoenix

Phoenix skyline

The cable and satellite TV market in Phoenix is becoming more competitive, and companies are constantly adding new features and channels to attract customers. With all the options available, it can be challenging to decide which service is best for you. When choosing a cable company or satellite TV provider, there are several things to consider:

  • Channel availability: Each provider makes its own decisions on which channels to carry. If there are shows you can’t miss, make sure the channels they’re on are included in the company’s service.
  • Contracts: Some companies offer month-to-month subscriptions, but others may require a one- or two-year contract. To get the lowest monthly rates, you’re likely going to need to sign a long-term commitment.
  • Service bundling: Many satellite and cable TV companies in Phoenix also offer phone and internet service. You often receive a discount by bundling these services together on one contract.
  • Reliable service: No one wants to lose television service during their favorite show or a severe weather event. Check with customer reviews to see if companies are known for providing reliable, consistent service.
  • Additional features: Most companies in Phoenix offer DVR equipment that allows you to record your favorite shows and watch them whenever you want. Some companies offer an app that lets you watch TV on the go from any compatible device, including smartphones and tablets.
  • Types of cable and satellite TV

    Satellite and cable TV companies in Phoenix offer a variety of channel packages to fit different budgets and viewing styles. When choosing one, consider what channels you want — you may be able to save money with a less extensive package that doesn’t include networks you don’t watch.

    The three basic cable and satellite TV packages are:

    1. Basic cable features limited channels with an emphasis on local and national broadcast channels, including what is required by the Federal Communications Commission. These are generally the same channels you would receive by using an antenna.

    2. Extended basic channel packages include some of the most popular pay networks, such as ESPN, AMC and HGTV.

    3. Premium channel packages have more channels, including popular movie channels such as HBO and SHOWTIME.

    Cable vs. satellite TV

    Choosing between cable or satellite TV in Phoenix may come down to where you live. Because it uses a wireless signal, satellite TV has a wider geographic availability and may be the only option for those in rural areas. Cable TV, which uses a physical connection, requires a subscriber to be in the provider’s service area and may be a better option for those who live inside Phoenix.

    Because satellite TV uses a dish, it can be affected by weather conditions. If you live in an area that frequently experiences cloudy or poor weather, such in north Scottsdale or south Chandler during monsoon season, you may end up dealing with poor reception or occasional outages. Most cable wires are underground, so cable TV service isn’t as affected by severe weather.

    While the FCC requires landlords to allow satellite dishes, it may not be possible to install one facing the correct direction. Some homeowners associations may also restrict the placement of satellite dishes.

    Pros and cons of cable TV and satellite TV

    Type of service Pros Cons
    Cable TV
    • Easy, one-time set-up
    • Unaffected by weather conditions
    • Costs more per channel
    • Limited service areas
    Satellite TV
    • Large area of availability
    • Better HD quality
    • Usually requires long-term contract
    • Outages due to severe weather

    What is internet-based cable?

    Despite the commonly used name, internet-based cable does not use any physical connections — the provider transmits your television signal through the internet devices and lets you access programming through an app. Some services, such as DIRECTVNOW, YouTube TV and Hulu, offer packages with live television, while others, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, let you access video-on-demand libraries.

    Streaming plans start at $5.99 and month and can go up to $60 or more a month. Internet-based companies typically let you subscribe on a month-to-month basis. Providers do not include internet access with the packages, so you’ll need a fast, stable internet connection to get HD-quality video.

    How much does cable and satellite TV cost in Phoenix?

    According to the FCC, the average cable or satellite TV subscriber pays between $85 and $100 for service. Because companies offer so many options, that range varies widely depending on your needs. Basic cable service in Phoenix may only cost $25 to $30 per month, but premium channel packages cost $150 or more, especially if you need equipment for multiple televisions.

    DIRECTV and DISH provide satellite TV service in Phoenix. DIRECTV ranges from $35 to $100 per month on a two-year contract, but the monthly cost increases dramatically in the second year of the contract. DISH ranges from $59.99 to $89.99 a month with locked prices. DIRECTV has less DVR storage space, which is something you may want to consider if you won’t be watching all of your entertainment live. Companies in Phoenix may charge additional fees of up to $200 for installation, but many providers offer promotions that waive the fee. Some companies may also charge equipment rental fees between $8 and $15 per device each month, which adds up if you’re connecting multiple televisions.

    Mediacom Cable

    Mediacom Cable

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    (800) 479-2082

    Mediacom is a cable company that offers a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, night and weekend appointments and a 30-minute arrival window. The company offers combined internet and cable service and a variety of options to fit any need. Phoenix customers appreciate the speed and quality of the company’s service, but some say the modems can be finicky.

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