Charter Spectrum’s Internet deals offer a wide “spectrum” of features: unlimited data use, cheap monthly pricing, and transparent billing being the most notable.

They also offer a “spectrum” of caveats, including a lack of plan flexibility and unwillingness to haggle on monthly pricing with long-term customers.

That said, they’re often the best choice for TV fans and cord cutters alike depending on the competition in your area. Here are the latest deals worth taking a gander at:

All Spectrum Current TV Deals

PlanPriceTV PlanSpeedPhone
Spectrum Double Play Select$89.98Spectrum TV Select100/10mbps
Triple Play Select$99.97Spectrum TV Select100/10mbps
Triple Play Silver$119.97Spectrum TV Silver100/10mbps
Triple Play Gold$139.97Spectrum TV Gold100/10mbps

All Current Spectrum Internet-Only Plans

Setup Service
To check Internet plans and upgrade options available at your address, call (844) 356-4246.
PlanPriceSpeed
Spectrum Internet$44.99100/10mbps
Spectrum Business Internet$59.99100/10mbps

In addition to the core plans above, Spectrum also offers “speed upgrades” in some areas. In 2018, they plan to expand gigabit service (the fastest option) throughout their service area. Currently, both Spectrum “Ultra” internet and Spectrum “Gig” Internet have limited availability.

Residential Speed UpgradesDownload speedPrice
“Internet ULTRA”200-300 Mbps$69.99-89.00/mo
“GIG Internet”940 Mbps$105-125

Pros

  • No data caps
  • No contracts
  • 100+ Mbps download speeds
  • Varied On-Demand library
  • A 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Router not always included
  • Limited DVR selection
  • Slim maximum channel count

Charter Deals for Existing Customers

Like most Cable Internet providers, Charter Spectrums does not offer any special deals for existing customers. If you are transferring service to a new address, or have been a customer for more than twelve months, they will almost never offer discounts of any sort.

Additionally, they don’t negotiate with customers like some other cable providers do. If you call to cancel service, rather than offering a cheaper plan to “retain” you, they will just say “okay” and do it. (I have dug up a few ways you can still negotiate with Spectrum, but it’s mostly a question of reducing services or misc fees.)

The only way to get a “new customer” rate with Charter is to actually be a new customer. Sometimes roommates will switch whose name is on the Internet bill to surf the latest deals. However, this breaks the terms of service of the plan, and you run the risk of being cut off from service if the provider notices. Additionally, this strategy rules out using your own router… which will save you more money than cancelling and signing up again with a different name.

Installation, Setup, and Usage for Charter Spectrum TV Plans

Woman typing on Macbook.
Self-installation is simple for Internet-only customers. TV customers should consider a professional installation. Image via Matthew Henry/Burst
The first step of setting up Charter Spectrum service is calling an agent at (844) 356-4246 to check if you can get it at your address, and what your installation options will be. If you’ve had service before, you’ll likely be able to self-install with a kit or your own router to save time and money.

tech tip over code-covered screen.
Consider buying your own router to save money over Spectrum leasing fees.

In case you prefer to let Charter’s techies handle it and pay for a professional installation, here are some things to keep in mind:

First, the overall installation will likely take anywhere between 1 and 3 hours to complete. Any existing cable outlets that are being used must be accessible so they can check that they work and activate the ones you want to use. There also needs to be one non-switched power outlet and cable near every device that will be connected.

If you opted for a TV + High-Speed Internet deal, you need to make sure that your computer meets Charter’s minimum system requirements. Bundles that include Spectrum Voice include the installation of one telephone jack free of charge. However, extra jacks will cost you, and must be mentioned prior to the installation.

Always remember to confirm the appointment on the day of the installation (or the day before). Otherwise, it might get canceled. It’s important to note that Charter technicians cannot accommodate extra work requests on the day of the visit. For that, you’ll have to schedule another visit. Once the installation is done, the technician will confirm that everything is working as it should.

Charter Spectrum offers a $20 refund if the technician is late to install your service.

If you want to perform a self-install, however, Charter offers guides ranging from Charter Spectrum TV (also comes in video format) and digital receiver guides to CableCARD installation and remote programming tutorials.

Equipment

An ethernet switch
Spectrum cable is very easy to integrate with your existing home networking setup.
Most houses in their service area are pre-wired. Image via pxhere

Charter Modem and Router Options

Digital Receivers
Charter offers both SD and HD receivers. They offer receivers from:

  • Cisco
  • Moxi
  • Pace
  • Humax
  • Scientific Atlanta
Charter’s routers and modems are quite varied, depending on your service type and area. They include:

  • DOCSIS 3.0 Modems
  • DOCSIS 2.0 Modems
  • Wireless routers
  • Modem/Router combos
  • Modem/Voice combos

Just remember that most Charter bundles only offer you a free modem — not a free wireless WiFi router. Something like that will cost you an extra $5/month in the long run.

On the plus side, Charter’s Internet connections don’t have data caps.

In case you want to buy your own router or modem, be sure to check which ones are approved on Spectrum’s network.

Charter digital receivers generally provide an on-screen Guide, search functions, the ability to pause live TV, and around 50 music channels.

CableCARD

Charter’s CableCARDs are an alternative to digital receivers, as they provide similar functions. Some noteworthy features include:

  • They work with 3rd party peripherals.
  • CableCARDs let you clear some of your entertainment center clutter.
  • They are very inexpensive, and even come with a discounted monthly rate.

DVRs

Charter offers a variety of DVRs that let you:

  • Record your favorite shows.
  • Access recorded, live, and On Demand content at your leisure.
  • Pause and rewind live TV.
  • Remotely control the DVR with Charter’s mobile app.
  • Record 2 programs simultaneously.
  • Schedule recordings.
  • Watch live TV while recording a different program on another channel.

While Charter used to offer multi-room DVRs, they no longer do that. Still, if you have an existing multi-room DVR, Charter will offer support for it.

How to Save on Equipment

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I advise against renting equipment like WiFi modems or wireless routers. You’re better off buying one, as you’ll save more money in the long run.

In case you’re adamant about renting digital recorders, though, I recommend opting for CableCARDs. They are more cost-efficient, as you’ve just seen.

And since Charter Spectrum offers so many useful guides (both in article and video format), you can definitely save money by performing a self-install if you’re not choosing a deal that offers a free installation.

Charter Spectrum TV Bundles: Good for Widescreen TV?

One thing I didn’t like about Charter’s TV bundles is the fact that they offer low channel selection. Even their Triple Play Gold pack only comes with 200+ channels. If you watch more than an hour or two daily, it might be worth looking at a dedicated TV service like DirecTV. At the same time, I noticed their bundles just offer a free modem, while most providers out there provide consumers with a free WiFi router through their bundles.

Another problem I had with their deals was the limited DVR choice.

On the bright side, there are plenty of advantages.

For starters, Charter offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Also, if you’re opting for a TV + Internet deal from Charter, you’ll get to enjoy high connection speeds (speeds starting at 100 Mbps) and you won’t have to deal with any data caps at all.

I really liked the fact that Charter Spectrum TV deals and bundles don’t lock you into a contract. In fact, if you’re currently stuck with a contract and you choose one of their Triple Play bundles or limited Double Play promotions, Charter will offer you a contract buyout of up to $500.

Lastly, I should also mention that Charter’s deals will give you access to a lot of On Demand variety (10,000+ choices, according to them). Oh, and they also started experimenting with various TV streaming options, which you’ll definitely love if you’re interested in cord-cutting. Just keep in mind that you need to get an Internet plan besides the TV one to be eligible for them.

All in all, I would say that yes, Charter Spectrum TV bundles offer decent value for their price.

Charter Spectrum TV Deals: A Good Choice If You Don’t Mind Fewer Channels

Charter Spectrum TV’s Best Feature: Unlimited streaming

There aren’t a lot of providers on the market these days that will let you stream Netflix and other video services as much as you want. For better or worse, most have been moving towards “data caps” that keep customers on their TV plans and discourage cord cutting. Charter Spectrum has taken the novel approach of simply building out better service rather than trying to pressure customers to keep the cord.

Overall, I’d say that Charter’s deals are worth the money. They’re an ideal choice for you if you like streaming, want fast Internet speeds, and don’t want to be locked into a contract.

Their merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks has dramatically expanded their network, making them an increasingly common option from NYC to LA. This can be a good thing for customers who prefer to transfer service with the same provider rather than setting up completely new service when they move.

As for TV, just keep in mind that you might have to settle for low channel variety than with other providers. In case that’s a problem for you, though, and you want more SD and HD variety, you can always add-on DirecTV or Dish to fill out your entertainment quotient.

Charter Spectrum Disclaimers

Spectrum Internet -- *Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Standard rates apply after yr. 1. Price for Internet is $44.99/mo for yr. 1; standard rates apply after yr 1. Installation, equipment, taxes, fees and surcharges extra; additional services are extra. General Terms: INTERNET: Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. Enter your address to determine availability.

Spectrum Double Play Select -- Spectrum Double Play (TV + INT) *Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Standard rates apply after yr. 1. Price for TV Select and Internet is $89.98/mo for yr. 1; standard rates apply after yr 1. Installation, equipment, taxes, fees and surcharges extra; additional services are extra. General Terms: TV: TV equipment required, charges may apply. Channel and HD programming availability based on level of service. Account credentials may be required to stream some TV content online. INTERNET: Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. Enter your address to determine availability.