Spectrum vs. At&t tv: which is the better tv provider?


Best budget pick

Price: $44.99–$94.99/mo.

Live channels: 125–200+


Best performance pick

Price: $69.99–$139.99/mo.

Live channels: 65–140+

Bottom line: Is Spectrum or AT&T TV better?

Spectrum and AT&T TV are comparable in TV channel availability, bundle options, and overall user-friendliness, but the similarities end there. Spectrum is good ole cable TV, while AT&T TV is carried over shiny new fiber-optic internet—and they’re priced accordingly.

If you’re looking to save a few bucks on your monthly bill, Spectrum is the way to go. If money is no object and you want the performance and perks of fiber-optic TV and internet (in most areas), AT&T TV delivers.

Spectrum vs. AT&T TV pros and cons



 Lower-priced plans
 Large channel counts
 Old cable tech


 Fiber-optic performance
 20-hour cloud DVR
 Expensive plans

Free trials and deals

Spectrum: Spectrum will buy out the contracts of new customers switching from another service provider, up to $500. Even better, Spectrum itself doesn’t require an annual contract.

AT&T TV: HBO Max is free for 12 months when you sign up for select AT&T TV plans online.

How are Spectrum and AT&T TV different?

Editorial star
Live channels
Max. DVR
Compatible devices

Max. multiple streams

More Details
Spectrum AT&T TV
3.49/5.00 3.38/5.00
$44.99–$94.99/mo. $69.99–$139.99/mo.*
125–200+ 65–140+
100 hrs. (cloud) 20 hrs. (cloud)




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*Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

AT&T TV’s prices are a fair chunk of change bigger than Spectrum’s, but AT&T TV no longer has price hikes or contracts, so you know what you’re paying from the get-go. Spectrum’s no-contract plans go up in price after the first year, but only by about $25 a month. Like we said before, it’s all about the money when deciding between these two.


Spectrum vs. AT&T TV fees and extra charges

Spectrum fees and extra charges

Broadcast TV service charge
Professional installation
Receiver/DVR (1)
Receiver/DVRs (2–4)
$16.45/mo.VIEW PLANS
$4.99/mo.VIEW PLANS
$9.99/mo.VIEW PLANS

AT&T TV fees and extra charges

Activation fee
Regional sports fee
Extra receiver
$8.49/mo.VIEW PLANS
$120 eachVIEW PLANS

The advantage of AT&T TV service is that you can have the receiver delivered and you can set it up yourself—and save the $19.95 activation fee if you order online; Spectrum requires a $49.99 pro install. But, if you want a second AT&T TV receiver box, you’ll have to buy it outright for $120. Local tax rates will also apply to both Spectrum and AT&T TV service.