Optimum TV

Joshua Cox-Steib
October 12, 2021

Optimum TV

Optimum, one of the Altice USA brands, provides television service to the New York tri-state area. Offering a wide variety of channels, numerous add-ons and bundled deals, Optimum has a competitive presence in the local cable TV market. While the initial prices can be relatively cheap, hidden fees can quickly raise them.

When talking about their pricing, it is important to note how Optimum prices their standalone TV service vs. their bundled TV service packages. Optimum has arranged this pricing system so that bundled deals are cheaper than independent service. Where the fees and costs start to add up is when you have more than one or two TVs hooked up to this service in your home. Optimum tacks on fees for extra cable boxes.

For those looking for bundled deals and wanting both internet and TV service, Optimum offers their Altice One product, as well as other bundled deals. Altice One includes a device that provides the functions of a cable box, router and modem all in one.

TV Packages

Optimum offers a variety of TV packages, each with its own benefits and limitations. Below are the details on each package:

PackageNumber of ChannelsPopular Channels IncludedInstallation Fee
Core220+ESPN, SNY, YES, HGTV, FOX News, CNN, Nickelodeon, USA, TNTYes
Value255+ESPN, SNY, YES, HGTV, FOX News, CNN, Nickelodeon, USA, TNTYes
Select340+STARZ ENCORE, History, Hallmark, Discovery, Nick Jr., MLB, TV Land, FXNo
Premier420+SHOWTIME, HBO, STARZ, Outdoor, beIN SPORTS, GOLTV, Sportsman, Lifetime Movies, MGMNo

Altice One

The Optimum Altice One is an innovative technology owned by Optimum that combines three primary residential internet technologies into one. Specifically, it combines the functions of a router, a modem and a TV box, all in one device. Features include 4K video, voice-activated remote, personalized sports, popular built-in streaming apps, improved WiFi capabilities and integrated Amazon Alexa capabilities.

What this means for customers is a streamlining of both hardware and software. Fewer devices lead to less clutter and only one device that needs to be kept up to date with its software.

Optimum TV Contracts and Fees

PlanContractEquipment RentalInstallationCable Box Receiver Fee (per box)Sports Surcharge
Core, Value, Select, PremierNo$10$49$11$14.96

Some of the extra costs you incur with Optimum can be avoided. You can cut the equipment rental cost by supplying your equipment. The next step is to minimize the number of cable boxes you want to use, as that $11 receiver fee is for each cable box connected to your Optimum service.

Optimum TV Add-on Packages

Optimum separates their channels by plan, but they also provide the option of purchasing numerous channels individually. These stations include such things as premium channels, international channels and sports packages. For a complete look at Optimum add-ons and costs, see this guide created by Optimum. For a full look at Optimum broadcasting, see the channel lineup here.

International Channels

International channels include Optimum Africa, Optimum en EspaƱol and Optimum Punjabi, to name a few. Optimum has channel groupings for different international regions all around the world. For most international channels, it is an extra charge of $9.95 per channel. However, some of them are as much as $24.95/mo., while others are as low as $4.95.

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