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Best Cable Companies and Satellite TV Providers in Nashville, TN

Nov. 19, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Even with ample streaming services available, Nashville residents still want live television on demand. With several cable and satellite television packages to choose from, finding the right service for your home can be overwhelming. ConsumerAffairs researched the best cable and satellite TV companies in Nashville to help you choose the right service for your viewing habits and budget.

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#2
Google Fiber
Google Fiber
Features
  • Premium packages at $40/mo.
  • Optional add-on packages available
  • Access Netflix & VUDU directly on the TV box
  • Spanish programming available
Location
1108 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203
(866) 777-7550
#3
Xfinity
Xfinity
Features
  • TV + Internet price starts at $40/mo. with 1-year agreement
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Save up to $70 on installation with a free self-install kit
  • Exclusive student offers available
Location
2400 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
800-266-2278
#4
AT&T
AT&T
Features
  • TV package starts at $35/mo. with a 2-year agreement
  • Packages begin with 155+ live and local channels
  • Bundle TV & internet to get AT&T Visa Reward Cards
  • Watch live or recorded shows at the same time on up to 4 TVs
Location
1900 W. End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
(844) 723-0252
DISH
DISH
Features
  • Open 24 hours
  • dish.com
Location
Serves residents in
Nashville, TN
(844) 392-4905
Spectrum
Spectrum
Features
  • M-F: 9am - 6pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • spectrum.com/cable-tv-service/tennessee/nashville
Location
223 S. College St.
Lebanon, TN 37087
(866) 874-2389
Cable-N-More
Cable-N-More
Features
  • M-F: 7am - 6pm
  • Sat: 9am - 4pm
  • Closed Sun
  • cablenmore.com
Location
Serves residents in
Nashville, TN
(615) 564-4032
U-verse TV
U-verse TV
Features
  • M-Sat: 10am - 8pm
  • Sun: 12pm - 5pm
  • attsavings.com/u-verse
Location
Serves residents in
Nashville, TN
(855) 403-0576
Innovative Consulting Solutions
Innovative Consulting Solutions
Features
  • M-F: 7am - 9pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Closed Sun
  • residential.directvdealer.com
Location
101 Grandview Manor
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 422-7460
Perfect Satellite TV
Perfect Satellite TV
Features
  • M-F: 6am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • perfectsatellitetv.com
Location
Serves residents in
Nashville, TN
(888) 509-3757
Windstream Communications
Windstream Communications
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • windstream.com
Location
635 Thompson Ln.
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 244-4402

Choosing a cable company or satellite TV provider in Nashville

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From Nashville’s professional sports teams to music events on downtown Broadway, Music City has many televised events. If you can’t be there in person, you can always watch it on TV — assuming you subscribe to a cable or satellite television package.

Nashville residents have multiple TV packages and companies from which to choose. However, when deciding between companies, there are several factors to consider, including:

  • Channel availability: Certain local, regional and national programs are only available with specific packages. Know which channels you absolutely need or want and identify the packages that offer them.
  • Contracts: Consider the types of contracts offered along with their respective lengths of time. Can you change contracts at will, or are you locked in for a specific period? Are you able to add channels at your pleasure?
  • Package bundles: Often, cable and satellite TV companies also offer phone and internet bundles along with their television service at a reduced rate. Explore these options when reviewing companies.
  • Reliable service: The last thing you want is for your TV service to go out in the middle of a show. Scroll through customer reviews to determine how reliable the company’s service truly is.

Types of cable and satellite TV

Typically, cable and satellite television companies in Nashville offer three types of packages:

  • Basic: This is a base set of channels including local broadcast stations and a few select national channels.
  • Expanded basic: This package includes a few of the most popular cable or satellite channels, such as ESPN and CNN.
  • Premium: Premium channel packages offer a greater number of options, including movie channels such as HBO and channels that cater to specific topics such as National Geographic and HISTORY.

Cable vs. satellite TV

If choosing between a cable and satellite TV package, it is good to review the advantages and disadvantages of each. If you live in a rural area, you may need to choose a satellite TV company. Cable TV companies can only operate inside their service areas, whereas satellite services have a wide delivery area.

Type of service Pros Cons
Cable TV
  • Affordable entertainment solution
  • Easy, one-time set-up
  • Simple use
  • Costs more per channel
  • Strict contracts
  • Confined to singular install space
Satellite TV
  • Large area of availability
  • Better HD quality
  • Lower cost per channel
  • Dish must be placed in specific location
  • Not allowed by some apartment complexes
  • Outages due to severe weather

Alternatives to cable and satellite TV

Thanks to today’s technology, Nashville residents can access top TV channels through streaming internet services such as Sling, Hulu, and YouTube TV. These options also have a monthly fee, similar to that of a traditional cable or satellite TV company, and can be accessed from any compatible device. Similar to satellite and cable TV subscriptions, these services often offer tiers that let you add more channels for a higher cost.

Unlike traditional cable or satellite TV, these services do not work directly through many televisions — you need to use a smart TV or a separate device, such as an Amazon Fire TV or Roku. These companies usually offer month-to-month service without requiring a long-term contract.

How much does cable and satellite TV cost in Nashville?

The average subscriber pays between $85 and $100 a month for cable or satellite TV service. The total cost varies based on the package you select. Basic cable includes 10+ channels at around $20+ per month, while premium packages cost $65 and up.

Expect satellite TV from providers such as DISH and DIRECTV to start at around $35+ per month for 150+ channels — but be careful, these rates are often for the first year of a two-year contract that includes dramatic monthly price increases in the second year. Ask your provider what your total cost is over the life of the contract.

Some companies in Nashville offer promotions to reduce your cost, such as waiving equipment fees. Ask your provider if you will pay an installation fee on your first month’s bill. This fee of up to $100 includes the connection hook-up, hourly service cost for the installation technician and other extraneous fees. You may be able to negotiate this fee down.

Mediacom Cable

Mediacom Cable

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(800) 479-2082

Mediacom provides Nashville residents with a multitude of television packages that also include in-home WiFi bundles. Residents receive 170+ premium channels along with free HD and cable channels. Nashville customer reviews online are favorable, with mentions of an easy installation process and responsive customer service.

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