The top four cable providers according to value as of 2015 are AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Comcast Xfinity and Cablevision's Optimum TV, according to Reviews.com. The best value from AT&T U-verse comes from its entry- to mid-level plans, offering the most competitive rates. DirectTV, part of the AT&T family, ranks as the top cable/satellite provider by Consumer Affairs, as well.
AT&T U-Verse provides a fiber-optic cable service, and it is the only provider that offers fiber optics in its price range, states Reviews.com. Bundles that include Internet services command even cheaper prices. Consumers should, however, be aware that AT&T offers low introductory rates that last for six months to a year, and prices may increase after this time frame.
Like AT&T, Time Warner Cable ranks as affordable on entry- to mid-level packages, but this provider also gets affordability ratings in its high-end market. The cheapest package ranges around $20, as of 2015, and includes approximately 20 channels. Time Warner Cable also offers lower introductory rates for the first 12 months of service, and prices may increase after this initial period.
Comcast Xfinity provides the most coverage across the nation with services in 40 states and growing. Comcast Xfinity offers mid-range packages for around $25 to $30 per month, and the plans offer 80 to over 180 channels.