Xfinity TV Packages for Seniors

Our Tech Experts Tested and Reviewed Xfinity’s Cable TV Packages for Seniors in 2024

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$30/mo Starting Price
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185+ Channels Available
150 Hours DVR Storage

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Although more people are “cutting the cord” to save money, adults 65 and older are still more likely to be cable subscribers.1 Cable TV remains an easy and convenient way to watch all your favorite movies and shows in one place. It’s also more appealing to the less tech-savvy crowd who may not be completely familiar with streaming. That doesn’t mean cable hasn’t had to evolve with the times, though. To compete with streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, some cable providers even offer their own streaming solutions and voice-activated remotes for a better entertainment experience.

Xfinity, owned by Comcast, is a front-runner in this space. Available in 40 states, Xfinity offers several packages and price options, including affordable bundled TV and internet packages. My parents have been Xfinity cable customers for years, and we’re big fans of the company’s service. What sets Xfinity apart is its suite of senior-friendly benefits such as voice search, large-button remote, and bilingual channels. Because Xfinity deals vary widely depending on your location and package choice, we’ve narrowed down the most popular cable TV packages, prices, features, and savings tips for you.

Read on to learn why Xfinity is one of our picks for the best cable TV for seniors.

Testing out Xfinity's cable TV

Testing out Xfinity’s cable TV

Pros About Xfinity

  • Affordable TV and streaming plan options
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Helpful tools like voice search and free Xfinity Flex with specific plans
  • Comprehensive accessibility services – closed captioning, braille bills, sign language support, and more
  • Low-income assistance via Affordable Connectivity Program
  • Xfinity Latino for bilingual households

Cons About Xfinity

  • Minimum 12-month contract required
  • Additional fine-print fees
  • Some additional fine-print fees
  • Extra installation charge for non-bundled TV
  • Pricing subject to change

Xfinity TV Packages

Xfinity’s pricing and packages vary based on where you live and what you need (TV, internet, phone). Additionally, Xfinity’s website has a handy channel lineup comparison tool to help you decide which package to purchase.

All Xfinity Plans Include:

  • HD capability
  • On-Demand access
  • Ability to download TV shows and movies with the Xfinity Stream app

Xfinity Plans and Pricing

Plan Price* Channels Highlights Special features Best for
Limited Basic/Choice TV $20 per month 10+ ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Univision, local access Add channels any time People who want basic live TV, minimal on-demand, and reliable reception
Popular TV $50 per month 125+ Local plus ESPN, TBS, HGTV, Bravo A majority of mainstream channels and offerings Traditional “basic cable” viewers who don’t need premium channels
Ultimate TV $68.50 per month 185+ Preferred sports channels, plus National Geographic Wild, and Disney Channel Comes with an X1 TV box and voice remote Premium content fans
Xfinity Latino TV Depends on location and availability 50+ BabyFirstTV en Español, Centroamérica TV, Cine Mexicano, etc. Can use the bilingual Voice Remote or get 50 more Spanish-language channels for an additional $5 a month. Bilingual households who want a variety of channels.

*Basic package price listed, additional broadcast and sports package fees may vary depending on your location.

Xfinity: The nation's most widely available cable TV provider

Xfinity offers excellent value, straightforward plans, and widespread availability nationwide, making them one of our top picks.

4.9 of 5

Xfinity DVR and On Demand Content

If you’re an Xfinity customer already, you may have both DVR and non-DVR cable boxes. DVRs now come standard with most new TV packages. What the DVR can handle depends on the version. For basic TV watching, consider choosing an Xfinity internet plan with the free Xfinity Flexbox to stream On Demand programming.

You can compare DVR differences on Xfinity’s website while you shop, but generally, Xfinity DVRs include:

  • Up to 20 total hours of HD or SD recording capacity on the hard drive (box)
  • Up to 300 hours of cloud DVR storage for $20 per month
  • Pause and rewind up to 60 minutes of live TV
  • Can record up to six shows at once with X1 DVR service

I am always impressed by the number of movies and shows Xfinity offers On Demand. Whether we want to rent the latest box office hit or watch an old favorite, there are thousands of options to scroll through. My parents and I often watch one of the countless free movies Xfinity offers– a huge perk!

Browsing Xfinity's On Demand content

Browsing Xfinity’s On Demand content

Xfinity Cable TV, Internet, and Phone Bundles

While there are no senior-specific discounts, Xfinity offers multiple bundles and promotional offers throughout the year. Bundling (combining more than one service, such as TV, internet, and phone) is one of the best ways to get the most for your money. Xfinity offers several bundle deals just for TV and internet, for the same price as TV-only, in some cases.

The company also offers internet and mobile deals for people who want a new phone carrier. You can build your own bundle or select one of Xfinity’s advertised options. These customizable bundles vary greatly by location and the packages available in your area. Below are our top picks for older adults.

Did You Know?

Did You Know? Xfinity isn’t just a cable TV provider. Visit our Xfinity internet review to learn how you can save on more home services and upgrade your internet game.

Xfinity Flex

Best overall streaming deal for seniors

If you want to try “cutting the cord,” Xfinity offers Flex, a voice-controlled 4K streaming box with access to over 10,000 free movies and TV shows, plus popular streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. You can also rent and buy your favorite movies and shows.

Xfinity Flex combines internet and TV through a “streaming dashboard” box with DVR. While it may have more perks than you need, the X1’s voice remote is very beneficial for customers over 65. You can control almost anything on your TV with the Voice Remote. I use it constantly to open apps, change the channel, or search for a certain show.

If you’re an Xfinity customer already, you may have both DVR and non-DVR cable boxes. DVRs now come standard with most new TV packages. What the DVR can handle depends on the version. For basic TV watching, consider choosing an Xfinity internet plan with the free Xfinity Flexbox to stream On Demand programming.

Using Xfinity's voice remote

Using Xfinity’s voice remote

400 Mbps Internet + Popular TV (125+ Channels)

This bundle offers excellent value. It costs an estimated $120.80 per month with a one-year contract, depending on your location. It offers 400 Mbps internet speeds, which is more than enough for most older users. At those speeds, you can play games, stream movies, and make video calls simultaneously on different devices. The bundle also comes with the same number of channels as the Popular TV package, which costs $55 per month on its own. Keep in mind that prices will increase after the first year. The package may also include broadcast TV or regional sports fees. However, taxes aren’t factored in. Prices may also vary by location.

Testing out Xfinity Internet

Testing out Xfinity Internet

Buyer’s Tip:

Buyer’s Tip: If you’re trying to rearrange your budget to afford an Xfinity cable package, consider checking out these five budgeting apps for seniors.

Top Xfinity Perks

Xfinity does not offer senior discounts. But it does offer bundle deals and some handy features that set it apart for older adults.

  • Three cheers for Voice Remote: Change channels, search for shows, or find out what song is playing. This remote requires an X1 TV box or Flex streaming box. Both include integrated streaming so you can access outside apps like Prime Video or Netflix in the same place.
  • Download Xfinity Stream: You can stream your favorite on-demand shows and movies by downloading the Xfinity Stream app on your mobile devices.
  • Internet Essentials: If you are on Medicaid, have a VA pension, or have other qualifying circumstances, you can get internet for free per month through the Internet Essentials program.2 The 50 Mbps speeds with this plan are fast enough for email, social media, and streaming the occasional show or movie.
  • No-penalty agreements: While some of Xfinity’s plans require contracts, there are no extra charges to get out of them early. Remember that monthly rates go up after the typical 12-month contract period.
  • Initial trial period: Xfinity offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, making their plans relatively low-risk as long as you decide (and cancel) within that time.
  • Additional senior-friendly accessibility options: Customers with visual impairments can request to receive a free, large-button remote at no additional charge.3
FYI:

FYI: Xfinity offers Xfinity Home, a home security program that works with most major smart home apps. Alternatively, users can view the security footage from their cable TV. Read our guide to the best home security systems for seniors to learn more!

Xfinity Fine Print

Good news: Xfinity is fairly upfront about its fine print. Tap the “Pricing & other info” button on their website to quickly see what lurks in the wee font. Bad news: you may have to read it three times to understand it fully. Here’s what stands out:

  • Monthly service rates go up after the 12-month contract period. Even if other discounts apply for 24 months or more, they’ll apply to the higher “regular” rate that kicks in after a year.
  • Enroll in autopay and paperless billing within 30 days. This one’s easy to forget, so mark your calendar and set an alarm. To get the $10 monthly discount, you must enroll (it’s not automatic when you join) in both autopay and paperless “ecobilling.” If you don’t do it within 30 days, you lose the discount.
  • Budget for extra fees. TV-only customers may have to pay for installation. Most cable include a broadcast TV fee (up to $24.95 per month), a regional sports fee (up to $26.85 per month), and monthly taxes, depending on your state.
  • Speeds may vary. Keep in mind that internet speeds may vary depending on your location. To check some of the factors that may potentially affect your internet speed, Xfinity recommends visiting their network management guide to check factors that could affect your internet speed.

Who is Xfinity Cable Best For?

Xfinity is best for entertainment-loving seniors who want multiple channels and services and an easy, all-in-one solution. It’s especially great if you have emerging or ongoing hearing, sight, or dexterity challenges. Features (many free) such as voice-led search, large-button remote controls, and extensive closed captioning and braille services can go a long way in making everyday viewing easier.

While cable TV plans start at just $20 per month, Xfinity shines brightest if you need multiple services or live in a multi-generational or larger household. You can also add additional channels to customize your entertainment package.

Conclusion

While it may not be the cheapest way to watch TV, Xfinity is widely available, offers many packages, and is backed by reliable customer service. From my experience, I’ve found that the inclusive, forward-thinking benefits such as Voice Remote, audio guides, large-button controls, and an extensive accessibility resource center make Xfinity a solid choice for older adults who want multiple entertainment choices but need added support. Older adults with disabilities can contact Xfinity’s Accessibility Support Center seven days a week for additional support.

FAQs:

  • What is the most affordable Xfinity package?

    The most affordable Xfinity package is Limited Basic/Choice TV, which costs $20 per month. You’ll get access to 10+ channels like the Hallmark Channel, HSN, and VICE, even with no contract. Remember that you may need to pay an extra $27.80 monthly broadcast TV fee.

  • Does Xfinity offer senior or military discounts?

    Xfinity does not currently offer any senior-specific discounts. But it does provide general assistance discounts that many older adults may be eligible for, such as Internet Essentials if you are on Medicaid, a VA pension, or have other qualifying circumstances. For veterans, Xfinity provides a $25 coupon to apply to your bill or an On Demand rental or purchase and a $100 prepaid Visa card for new members who bring their own devices and sign up for an Xfinity mobile plan.

  • What are Xfinity’s best deals?

    Xfinity runs special promotions and bundled packages throughout the year. We’d recommend looking during the holidays, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, when people are more likely to upgrade their TVs and services.

  • How much are Xfinity internet and cable TV per month?

    Prices will vary depending on where you live and the internet speeds you need. Visit Xfinity’s TV+Internet lineup tab to enter your location and check the most accurate pricing.

Written By:
Taylor Shuman
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