Spectrum TV for Seniors

Spectrum offers customizable cable TV packages with a variety of HD channels, add-ons, and bundles to choose from.

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Formerly known as Time Warner, Spectrum isn’t a newbie in the cable TV game. With affordable and customizable cable TV options, this provider offers more HD, add-on sports, international, and premium channels than many other providers. Our tech team was impressed by its well-organized Spectrum TV App, the Apple 4K voice-activated remote option (great for older ears and eyes), and excellent deals for internet bundlers. Spectrum even made our list of the best cable TV plans for seniors. We appreciate that Spectrum doesn’t require contracts or have early termination fees. Customers also have the option of several add-ons. It adds some variety to the streamlined cable plans Spectrum already offers.

While not the highest rated in customer service, Spectrum is well within the industry average.1 Still, during testing, we always had pleasant experiences with customer service. And as long as you are aware that promotional prices increase after 12 months, this may be the TV provider that will stop you from cutting the cord on cable.2 Read on to learn about our team’s experience with Spectrum TV, how to get the best deal, and tips for deciding if it’s the right provider for you.

Pros About Spectrum TV

  • Budget-friendly bundles
  • Free HD and 160+ channels available
  • Free access to Spectrum On Demand
  • Free Spectrum TV App
  • Spectrum Guide Narration available for the visually impaired
  • Optional voice-activated Apple 4K remote
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • No contracts or early-termination fees
  • Contract buyout program up to $500

Cons About Spectrum TV

  • No senior discounts currently available for Spectrum TV plans
  • Installation fees
  • Promotional prices increase after 12 months
  • Required equipment

Spectrum TV Plans and Pricing Overview

Along with Spectrum’s TV packages, you can purchase add-on packs to help customers customize the packages to their entertainment needs. You can add sports, international, and premium channels at checkout.

Standard Plans Spectrum TV packages include:

  • Free HD channels
  • Thousands of on-demand titles
  • Stream anywhere with the Spectrum TV App or by visiting SpectrumTV.com on your PC
  • Add extra channels for an additional monthly fee
Package Spectrum TV Essentials TV Select Signature TV Select  Plus Mi Plan Latino
Promotional price* $24.99 per month  +  Spectrum Internet Plan $59.99 per month $69.99 per month $39.99 per month
Channels 65+ 150+ 160+ 140+

*Prices increase after one year of service.

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A few factors are worth considering when shopping for a TV plan, including monthly rates, bundling options, available channels, and extra features. Spectrum TV is a popular choice among older adults thanks to its budget-friendly bundles, but it’s certainly not the only quality option on the market. Here are a few of the highest-rated TV providers we have reviewed.

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Choosing a Spectrum TV Plan

Browsing Spectrum's On Demand content

Browsing Spectrum’s On Demand content.

Spectrum offers three standard cable TV plans: TV Select Signature, TV Select Plus, and Mi Plan Latino, along with TV Essentials, which requires a Spectrum Internet plan. Customers also have the option to bundle these plans with Spectrum TV and Voice. After selecting your package, you can customize it with add-on channels.

One vital drawback to note: When testing Spectrum, we found out that the company got rid of some channels in recent years because of a dispute with Disney. Because of this, some channels like Freeform and FXMovies may not be available with your package. The company still has a solid lineup, but it’s crucial to know before you sign up. Below, we’ll go over two of our favorite packages for seniors. Below, we’ll go over two of our favorite packages for seniors.

Spectrum TV Select Signature

Spectrum TV Select includes over 150 popular channels like HGTV, ESPN, and the History Channel. You can stream your plan’s content anywhere on the Spectrum® TV App with free access to on-demand programming. Plus, there are no contracts required. At $59.99 per month for 12 months, it’s reasonably priced. This plan is a great starter package for those who want popular channels. You’ll get family-friendly channels, news, and sports channels – all in one.

If you’re a sports fanatic, we recommend upgrading to Spectrum TV Select Plus. It features 160+ channels, including most of the same channels as the Signature plan, plus regional sports channels. This package costs $69.99 per month for 12 months.

Mi Plan Latino

Starting at $39.99 per month for 12 months, Mi Plan Latino includes 140 channels. You’ll get all the top sports, entertainment, and family channels, from Telemundo to Cartoon Network. As a perk, this plan includes over 75 Spanish channels and 65 English channels. Mi Plan Latino is perfect for Spanish-speaking seniors who want access to their favorite channels. Since the plan also comes with English channels, there is still plenty to watch for guests who don’t speak Spanish.

Add-On Channels

You can customize your Spectrum TV cable package with optional sports, international, and premium channels. All you need to do is select one or several add-on channels during checkout. These extra channels and streaming subscriptions range from $6 to $29.99 monthly. The more expensive the option, the more channels you’ll likely get – although this does vary. We’ll review the add-on channels below.

Sports View

If you or your family members are hardcore sports enthusiasts, we recommend purchasing the add-on Sports View channels, starting at $7 per month. It includes 20+ extra sports channels, such as NFL RedZone and MLB Strike Zone.

Entertainment View

Starting at $12 monthly, Entertainment View features over 70 popular channels, such as OWN and the Cooking Channel. If you enjoy multiple types of content or like to channel surf, we recommend this add-on.

Latino View

Have a bilingual speaker in your house? For $12 per month, you’ll get over 70 Spanish channels with programming from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain.


For those who need their daily entertainment dose or love family movie nights, a subscription to Max may be a great fit. Watch all your favorite premium shows and movies, including on-demand titles, with the Max app. You’ll find popular titles, plus premium movies (some still in theaters!) for $15 per month.


Cue the drama and enjoy great content from SHOWTIME, featuring six premium channels of Emmy Award-winning shows and movies. Popular titles include “Billions,” “Homeland,” and “Shameless,” to name a few. You’ll also get access to SHOWTIME On Demand for even more great content — all for $10 per month.


STARZ is a great place to start for TV enthusiasts who enjoy good storytelling and dramatic shows. You can add STARZ + STARZ ENCORE to your Spectrum TV package for $9 per month. You’ll get access to original series and enjoy popular titles like “Outlander” and “Shining Vale.”

International: Mandarin View

If you want to broaden your entertainment horizon, we recommend purchasing international add-ons. With Mandarin View, you can get Mandarin channels starting at $9.99 per month. It’s great for those with family members who enjoy content in their mother tongue.

International: Hindi View Premium

Consider catching up on some of your favorite Bollywood movies or shows with the whole family. Channels include Zee TV and TV Asia, starting at $29.99 per month.

Spectrum: Our number one pick for cable TV

Spectrum has no long-term contracts, a 30-day free trial, and a contract buyout program to make your sign-up process as painless as possible.

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Spectrum Equipment and DVR Rundown

After choosing a cable TV plan, you may be asked if you want to use an HD Box or Apple TV 4K. Keep in mind that adding TV equipment to your plan is required. Here’s the lowdown.

Spectrum HD Boxes cost $9.99 per month and allow you to view in HD on each TV. The box enables you to access the channels directly, and, for a fee, professional Spectrum installation and support are available. It also includes a universal remote, and you can pay an additional monthly fee for cloud DVR storage.

Good to Know:

Good to Know: Your rates may increase after the first year if you don’t sign up for a two-year package. There may also be surcharges and taxes, plus extra fees for equipment, installation, and additional services.

If you opt for the Apple TV 4K, it includes a voice-activated remote, an excellent option if you dislike tiny buttons. You’ll have access to all your channels via the Spectrum TV App. Users can also upgrade to include cloud DVR storage, which allows you to save up to 100 hours of your favorite shows and movies. Note that you’ll be on your own for installation, so reach out to a more tech-savvy family member if that’s not your strength. You can purchase the device for $180 upfront or pay $8.99 monthly for 20 months.

Spectrum TV App: The Gateway to Your Favorite Entertainment

With the Spectrum TV App, you can access your entire channel lineup and up to 50,000 on-demand shows and movies on your mobile and connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, Xbox Ones, and Samsung Smart TVs. The app allows you to create watch lists, watch live TV, stream on-demand content, set (grand-) parental controls, and even program your DVR anywhere.

Spectrum Bundles to Help You Save

Depending on your needs, various deals that combine TV, internet, and/or home phone may be available near you. We recommend taking a closer look at these offers to save even more on your monthly bill.

Spectrum Internet and TV bundles start at $74.98 per month for 12 months with Auto Pay, featuring download speeds up to 400 Mbps and no data caps (your gamer grandkids won’t be causing any overage charges).

Below is a look at one of our favorite bundles for older adults (pricing and availability may vary by location).


We’d recommend getting this bundle if you’re looking for a comprehensive bundle with TV, internet, and home phone service. You’ll get over 125 channels and download speeds up to 500 Mbps, plus 28 calling features for your home phone. As a perk, you can enjoy free on-demand access in high definition. You’ll also receive a free modem. The voice plan offers unlimited calling to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, plus no added fees.


FYI: It might be worth adding a landline to your Spectrum bundle, which costs approximately $14.99 monthly. It’s not a bad deal given that it’s a safety measure in case your mobile phone is lost, damaged, or can’t recharge. And if there’s an emergency, 911 dispatch knows where you are.

Comparing Spectrum to the Competition

It’s important to compare Spectrum to other top providers to ensure you get the best value and package for your needs. Xfinity’s cable TV packages are also worth looking into. Xfinity, a part of Comcast, has similar bundled TV, internet, and voice options. Unlike Spectrum, you’ll need to sign a contract to get its best deals, and it has data caps, which we’re not big fans of. Xfinity excels in speed and value, however. They also offer excellent cable, phone, and internet bundles, plus home security systems, making them a one-stop shop.

Quick Tip:

Quick Tip: Check out our cable TV buyer’s guide for tips on saving on your package, a comparison of top providers, and more.

With similar packages but better pricing, CenturyLink is another provider we’ve reviewed.  Unless CenturyLink Fiber is available in your area, you’ll deal with slower (DSL) speeds and data caps. Similarly,  AT&T has highly competitive rates for bundles, and its addition of DIRECTV offers more TV bundle options than Spectrum. But to beat Spectrum for internet speed, you’ll need to be within reach of AT&T’s fiber lines.

The Bottom Line on Spectrum TV

From our experience, Spectrum TV offers flexibility for its packages, bundles, and pricing, making it a top choice for older adults. While it’s important to remember that equipment and service add-ons can increase your bill, eliminating contracts is a significant improvement and encourages better customer relations. Overall, the service hits a sweet spot for seniors looking for fair pricing and robust channels, particularly if you want to throw in an internet plan. With various premium, sports, and international channels, Spectrum TV offers customizable packages that are great for seniors and families of any size.

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