Cox TV Plans, Pricing, Features, & Deals in 2022

This piece is our review of Cox Contour cable television services.
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TV Starter

Best for saving money
$ 53 Monthly
  • 75+channels
  • Price Per Channel = $0.71
  • No price change after 12 mo.

TV Preferred

Best for you that want all local channels
$ 98 Monthly
  • 140+channels
  • Price Per Channel = $0.70
  • No price change after 12 mo.

TV Preferred Plus

Best for you that want premium channels
$ 118 Monthly
  • 170+channels
  • Price Per Channel = $0.69
  • Increase to $145 after 12 mo.

TV Ultimate

Best for sports and premium channels
$ 138 Monthly
  • 250+channels
  • Price Per Channel = $0.55
  • No price change after 12 mo.

I set out to find the best home television plan and have found Cox’s Contour TV lineup. I figured I’d cover everything about this plan to help us determine whether it’s worth getting.

Throughout this guide, you’ll find the following:

Ready?

Pros and Cons of Cox Contour TV Services

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of using Cox’s cable television services:

Pros

  • Money-back guarantee
  • 1 free TV box and voice remote
  • You can test drive the Standard DVR service
  • Receive your self-installation kit in a day

Cons

  • You can only use the Contour TV app on phones, tablets, and computers
  • Price may increase after a year
  • Limited availability
  • Not much wiggle room regarding discounts

None of the pricing throughout this guide will include tax or other fees (like the regional sports fee). These fees will vary by region.




Cox Contour TV Plans, Pricing, & Features

The prices for all Cox Contour TV plans include:

PlanChannelsPricePrice Per Channel
TV Starter75+$53/mo.$0.71
TV Preferred140+$98/mo.$0.70
TV Preferred Plus170+* $118/mo.$0.69
TV Ultimate250+$138/mo.$0.55
Streaming OnlyNA$5.00/mo.NA
Cox Contour television prices.

* Price will increase to $145 after 12 months because the discount for their premium channels will end. That’s $0.85 per channel.

All Cox Contour TV plans include:

  • 50 commercial-free music channels
  • A voice remote
  • Starter DVR service for 12 months for free
  • One free Contour cable box

What’s the difference between Preferred and Preferred Plus?

Are the differences in the name only?

It’s not a corny naming mechanic implemented by a number of streaming companies (i.e., Disney+ or Paramount+).

Preferred “Plus” includes HBO Max, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, and STARZ free. Combine those with their subchannels, and you’ll get an “plus” 30 channels.

If you were to go with Preferred TV and subscribe to those 4 channels, you’d pay $52 a month. With Preferred TV Plus, you save $12 a month.

For a year.

Once that year passes, you’ll pay $145 monthly. You still save $5 a month compared to getting these channels on a regular Preferred television plan.

Ultimate TV includes all the above premium channels in addition to many free sports channels ($20 a month value).

Cox Contour Hidden Fees

Here are some hidden fees you’ll find with Cox’s Contour TV plan:

Fee TypePrice
Professional InstallationVaries by package and region
Canceled Appointment Fee$100.00
Broadcast Surcharge$19/mo.
Regional Sports SurchargeUp to $5.00–$12.50/mo.
Late Payment Fee$8.35
Returned Check FeeUp to $25.00
Credit Card Denied FeeUp to $25.00
Collection FeeUp to $25.00
Reconnection Fee$20.00 per service
Cox Contour TV hidden fees.

Regional sports, professional installation, and broadcast surcharges will vary by region.

There’s no way to waive these fees.

And if you were to cancel your installation appointment, you’ll need to pay a hefty fee. Try to install your TV service yourself if possible.

Cox gives you a 5-day grace period if you’re late on your bill, but I couldn’t find any credible sources to clarify this claim. You’ll then have to pay the late payment fee.

If Cox rejects your payment method, you’ll have to pay $25. Let’s say you don’t have any funds in your credit line. Then they won’t accept your payment method.

Cox Contour TV Channel Lineup

Here are most of the channels you can get from all Cox’s cable TV plans:

ChannelTV StarterTV PreferredTV Ultimate
On Demand
CBS
TNT
NBC
CW
IND
ABC
ION
IND
PBS
FOX
FOX HD
CNN
ESPN
ESPN2
FX
Freeform
Disney Channel
Discovery Channel
USA Network
Azteca America
MeTV
IND
TBC
TCM
C-SPAN2
Public Access (30)
Public Access (31)
Univision
QVC+
Telemundo
HSN
HSN HD
Public Access (39)
TBN
Estrella TV
UniMás
msnbc
CNBC
Fox News
Galavisión
BET
MTV
VH1
The Weather Channel
Paramount Network
Travel Channel
TLC
Bravo
Food Network
HGTV
Lifetime
E!
Comedy Central
Syfy
History
Bally Sports
Spectrum Sportsnet HD
AMC
A&E
NewsNation
TV Land
Nickelodeon
Cartoon Network
Animal Planet
Fox Sports 1
CMT
MoviePlex
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark movies & mysteries
GSN
FXX
Fox Business
Golf Channel
Bally Sports
Newsmax
TUDN
PAC 12 Network
Investigation Discovery
QVC3
Bounce TV
C-SPAN
Public Access (96)
Jewelry TV
G4
Spectrum News 1
Discovery Family Channel
Science Channel
Destination America
American Heroes Channel
OWN
Nick Jr.
Discovery Life
National Geographic
Leased Access
ShopHQ
HSN 2
POP
C-SPAN3
MLB Network
QVC2
Lifetime Real Women
Crime & Investigation
Military History
HSN
Justice Central
Recipe TV
Comedy.TV
Jewish Life TV
Olympic Channel
MTV Live
MotorTrend
Localish
QVC
BYUtv
EWTN
Daystar
INSP
Impact Network
Aspire
Africa Channel
theGrio
World Fishing Network
Sportsman Channel
MLB Network
MLB Network Strike Zone
NFL Red Zone
ACC Network
EPIX
RetroPlex
IFC
Sundance
Flix
SEC Network
CBS Sports Network
Pursuit Network
BTN
Fox Sports 2
CNN International
Outdoor Channel
Viceland
ESPNews
ESPNU
FYI
NHL Network
FanDuel TV
Tennis Channel
NBA TV
Disney XD
Universal Kids
BBC America
Cleo TV
Smithsonian
Great American Family
Disney Junior
Cooking Channel
Boomerang
Nick Jr.
NickToons
TeenNick
MTV Classic
Oxygen
Logo TV
Up
Baby First
WE tv
NickToons

Preferred Plus’ 30+ channels comes from secondary channels under premium channels. Ultimate includes all Variety, Sports, Premium, and Movie package channels.

Many of which I didn’t include in the table above. I’ll list these in a second.

These also don’t include a number of HD channels. Cox only offers 4K resolution for channels 4001 and 4002 during specific occasions [1]. But they don’t specify the events.

Cox Channel Packages

Cox includes a number of channel packages like:

Add-on or PackagePrice
Latino Pack$10.00/mo.
International Channels$8.50/mo.
Sports & Info Pack$10/mo.
Sports Pack 2$10/mo.
Movie Pack$12/mo.
Variety Pack$12/mo.
Premium Channels$9–$15.00
Cox channel package add-ons.

Cox Preferred and Starter TV plans don’t come with these packages. TV Premium Plus only comes with the Premium Channel Package.

Ultimate TV comes with EVERY channel package. Except for International Channels and Latino Channels.

The following sections will include the channel lineup for all these packages.

Cox Latino Pack Channel Lineup

Their Latino Pack is Cox’s Spanish channel pack that includes:

Hogar de HGTVHola TVGalavision Cine Latino
History En EspañolBaby FirstDiscovery en EspañolCentroamericaTV
Baby TVTelefe National Geographic MundoCine Estelar
Azteca -KPDFSony Cinede Películade Pelicula Clasico
CartoonDisney XDDiscovery FamiliaNicktoons 
BoomerangFOROtvTR3S: MTV, Música y MásBandamax 
Universo Fuse ESPN DeportesFox Deportes
TUDNUnivision NovelasCNN en EspañolEWTN en Español
Pasiones VeneVisionWAPA 
Cox Spanish channels list.

Cox Movie Pack Channel Lineup

Cox’s Movie Pack includes:

FlixEPIX HitsEpixEPIX2
STARZ ENCOREEPIX Drive-inSTARZ ENCORE ACTIONSTARZ ENCORE Suspense
STARZ ENCORE ClassicSTARZ ENCORE BlackSTARZ ENCORE WesternsFMX
IndiePlexRetroPlex
Cox Movie Pack channel lineup.

Cox Sports & Info Pack Channel Lineup

The Sports & Info channel package comes with these channels:

Olympic ChannelNBA TVNHL NetworkCBS Sports
Tennis ChannelOutdoor ChannelPursuit NetworkESPN Bases Loaded/ Goal Line
Big Ten NetworkStadium College Sports AtlanticStadium College Sports CentralStadium College Sports Pacific
SEC NetworkESPNU ESPNews ESPN Deportes
Fox DeportesSEC Network 2NFL Network
Cox Sports & Info pack channel lineup.

Cox Variety Pack Channel Lineup

You’ll get these channels with the Cox variety pack:

Africa ChannelNBC UniversoCMTCLEO TV
BET SoulBoomerang CMT MusicNational Geographic Wild
Baby FirstDisney XDSTARZ ENCORE FamilyBET Jams
MTV ClassicsMilitary HistoryTR3S: MTV, Música y MásNickMusic 
Cooking ChannelDisney Jr.CHARGE! KAZT DT4Lifetime Real Women
MTV2 Viceland FYI BBC America
Nicktoons Crime & InvestigationTV OneTeenNick 
MTVUBET HerLogoUP
Channel lineup for Cox’s Variety channel package.

Cox International Channel Lineup

Here are the channels you’ll get with Cox’s International channel package:

GMA PinoyCCTV 4TV TV Japan
TV5Monde SBTN TV AsiaCTI-Zhong Tian
Phoenix InfoNewsARTPhoenix North AmericaRai Italia
DW (Deutsche+)Colors TVSET AsiaRTN (formerly TV Russia)
ZEE TV
Channel lineup for the Cox International channel package.

Cox Premium Channel Lineup

Here are the channels you’ll get with Cox’s Premium Channels:

HBOHBO 2HBO SignatureHBO Family
HBO ComedyHBO ZoneHBO Signature (East)HBO (East)
HBO 2 (East)HBO LatinoCinemaxMore MAX
Action MAX (East)Thriller MAXAction MAXCinemax (East)
More MAX (East)Movie MAXCinemáx Outer MAX
Star MAXPlayboyPlayboy en EspañolSHOWTIME
SHOW*BETSHOWTIME ExtremeSHOWTIME ShowcaseSHOWTIME 2
SHOWTIME WomenSHOWTIME NextThe Movie ChannelStarz
SHOWTIME Family ZoneTMC ExtraThe Movie Channel (East)Starz (West)
Starz Edge EastStarz in Black (East)Starz (East)Starz Kids & Family
Starz CinemaStarz ComedyStarz EdgeStarz in Black
AMC+EPIX HitsEPIXEPIX2
EPIX Drive-in
Channel lineup for Cox Premium channels.

You’ll need EVERY premium channel package to get all these channels.

Here are the pricing schemes for these channels’ umbrella channels:

  • EPIX: $12 per month
  • HBO Max: $15 a month
  • SHOWTIME: $11 per month
  • STARZ: $9 a month
  • CINEMAX: $12 per month

Cox Preferred Plus will give you all these channels for $20 a month until September 26th, 2022.

Cox Streaming Only Plan

Cox’s streaming-only plan provides over 25 preloaded apps for $5 a month. You’ll watch these apps on the Contour Stream Player. This plan requires a current subscription to a Cox internet-only plan.

The Stream Player is a small TV box (think of a Roku) and comes with a voice remote.

You’ll need to pay for subscriptions for apps like Hulu, Disney+, and other paid streaming services. But you will get access to apps with thousands of hours’ worth of free content.

Some of these include:

  • Xumo
  • Pluto TV
  • Tubi
  • ESPN3

You can get these apps on any device. So this TV streaming box just gives you a means to “transform” your TV into a smart TV.

If you love Cox’s ridiculous data cap, I have exciting news.

Using any streaming app through Cox’s streaming box devours data. So your entire household can watch 200 hours of 4K resolution content before paying even more for your internet plan.

Moreover, you’ll need to consider bandwidth. Watching 4K content requires at least 25 Mbps download speeds. Meanwhile, 1080p streaming demands 5 Mbps download speeds.

I do have actual good news, though.

This plan can save you money if you don’t have an attachment to cable TV channels. At least $50 a month.

Getting this box and a $4.99 subscription to Peacock Premium can give you over 60,000 hours of entertainment. And a $5 monthly fee for this TV box gives your home a means to watch platforms like Peacock on your TV.

By the way:

Cox offers new and existing customers a free Peacock Premium subscription until January 15th, 2023 [2].

Cox Contour App

Cox’s Contour App lets you watch Cox TV channels on 5 devices simultaneously. 3 devices when you’re streaming content on the go.

You can also use this app to watch and download On Demand media.

Did you want to use a Roku in another room as a cable box to watch Cox channels?

Think again.

You can only use this app on smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

1 thing I like about this app is that you can use it to watch channels before you get your cable box.

Best Cox Contour TV Plans

Here are the best Cox cable TV plans for different purposes:

  • Streaming Only: Best Budget Pick
  • Ultimate TV: Best Overall Value
  • TV Preferred: Best for Seniors

The following sections will cover these plans in depth. For instance, I’ll cover who they’re best for, types of channels you’ll get, and more.

#1: Streaming Only: Best for Saving Money

Cox will give you a 4K Contour Streaming box for $5 a month. This box comes preloaded with many popular paid and free streaming services. But you won’t get any local or popular television channels.

This plan also requires you to have a Cox internet-only plan.

This package saves you a lot of money if you intend to watch most of the channels included in these packages.

Pluto TV alone (a free pre-installed app) gives you 100,000 hours worth of live and other content [3]. I found some shows like Naruto and Dr. Who: The Daemons.

They appear to have older episodes of shows, but even if you want a cheap subscription with Peacock Premium, it’s only $4.99 a month for an additional 60,000 hours worth of content.

That’s $9.99 total a month. For the Box and streaming subscription. You can save a lot on a cable bill.




#2: Ultimate TV: Best Value

The Ultimate TV cable plan gives you over 240 channels for $138. This plan doesn’t increase in price or require a contract.

You’ll also get a handful of additional channel packages that include:

  • Movie Pack: various movie channels like Indieplex
  • Sports and Info Pack: many sports channels
  • Variety Pack: MTV Classic, Disney Jr., and more
  • Sports Pack 2: more sports channels
  • Premium channels: SHOWTIME, HBO, STARZ, CINEMAX, and EPIX

That’s at least $91 worth of channels. If you were to get Preferred or Preferred Plus and add only some of these packages, you’d pay up to $196.




#3 TV Preferred: Best for Seniors

Cox’s TV Preferred plan comes with over 170 channels and costs $98 per month. These include all of their cable and local television plans and is why it’s good for seniors.

It doesn’t come with premium, sports, or other channel packs, but you can customize your plan. For instance, if you want to add the Sports & Information channel, you’d pay an extra $10 monthly.

However, if you want more than 1 premium channel, I recommend choosing Ultimate TV or Preferred Plus.

Why?

Here’s an example. Add every premium channel except STARZ to a Preferred TV plan, and you’d pay $148 per month.

Getting Ultimate TV would cost $138 monthly. It’ll also give you every channel package except for the Latino and International channel packages.




Cox TV, Internet, & Phone Bundles

Here are a number of bundles you can get with Cox TV plans. Keep in mind that bundling services with Cox won’t give you any discounts:

PackageNumber of ChannelsPriceBest For
Internet + TV + Homelife140+$162.99–$205.99/mo.Home security & entertainment
Internet + TV + Voice140+$167.99–$197.99/mo.Entertainment & backup landline phone
Internet + Streaming only0$54.99–$84.99/mo.Affordable entertainment
Internet + TV140+$147.99–$177.99/mo.Entertainment

Cox Communications TV bundles.

You can bundle Cox TV services with Homelife, internet, or voice plans. Their Bundles page will only let you select ‘140+ channels’ with bundles.

If you want basic cable or the Ultimate plan, you’ll need to customize your bundle through painfully slow web pages.

Bundling can simplify your billing if you think you’ll use other Cox services.

Cox TV Equipment: Overview & Fees

Here are some (optional and required) fees you’ll need to pay for Cox equipment:

EquipmentFee
Contour HD Box$8.50/mo. each (1st box included)
Basic Box$6/mo. each
CableCARD (with your own device)$6/mo.

Cox television equipment fees.

You’ll only need a CableCARD if you’re using a third-party TV box. The card makes it so you can access Cox’s services. It’ll also save you only a couple of bucks per month.

Plus, you need a compatible device. The only advantage of using a third-party cable box is not having to deal with the stress of renting Cox’s equipment.

Like dealing with equipment returns.

The first Contour HD box and voice remote will come with your plan for free. Extra box rentals will cost you $8.50 a month. And Cox won’t give you bulk deals.

The Contour HD box doubles as a DVR. But you’ll have to pay a separate subscription for that luxury.

I’ll emphasize later on.

Cox XR15 Voice Remote Control: An Overview

The Cox Voice Remote (XR15) comes free with Cox TV and streaming boxes. You can pair it with audio devices and TVs.

It has a number pad, can control a hidden cable box, and allows you to control a TV with your voice.

Are you like me and want to see every movie and series Ewan McGregor has starred in? Tell your remote “search for movies that starred Ewan McGregor.”

You should get a myriad of examples aggregated from various apps like:

  • Disney+: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode 1, and other Star Wars movies
  • Netflix: Christopher Robin
  • Paramount+: A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Hulu: Big Fish
  • Peacock: Angels & Demons

A bit of an extreme example. But I want to demonstrate the power of this remote.

Whether you can watch this media depends on whether you have active subscriptions.

Contour TV Streaming Box: Pricing & Apps Included

You can get a Cox 4K Contour Stream Player for $5 a month. It’s a small TV box that can change any television into a smart TV. But you’ll need a Cox Essentials Internet plan or a higher tier.

This streaming TV box serves as a nice alternative to cable television if you have subscriptions with popular streaming services.

You’re limited to the select bunch of preloaded apps like:

NetflixAmazon Prime VideoHuluDisney+
Paramount+PeacockHBO MaxShowtime
discovery+Sling TVDAZNVevo
YouTubeESPN3TubiPluto TV
XumoYouTube KidsHappy KidsLego
Lego KidsBlippiKabillionLittle Baby Bum
iHeartRadioPandoraNPROne

Apps included with the Cox 4K Contour Stream Player.

Should you get this?

It depends.

Do you want to pay more money over time for something you could buy for a 1-time fee of $99?

The Roku Ultra is an excellent alternative to the Cox 4K player. But it would take 20 months to pay off.

By that time, Cox MAY have upgraded the Contour Stream Player.

This device comes with many apps that offer free content (like Pluto TV). But you’ll need to pay for other streaming services like Disney+.

You can control it using the voice remote I mentioned earlier.

Here’s another downer. Streaming 4K requires 25 Mbps download speeds and consumes A LOT of data.

And since Cox internet-only plans have a 1.2 terabyte (TB) data cap, you can only watch 200 hours of 4K resolution video. Then you’ll incur data overage surcharges.

It’s $10 per $50 gigabytes (GB) Cox automatically adds to your account.

Cox DVR Plans Compared

It appears that Cox’s Wired HD and Wireless 4K Contour boxes double as DVRs. But if you want to record or store media, of course you’ll need to pay for one of the following plans:

DVR ServicePriceSimultaneous RecordingsHours of HD Video Storage
Essential DVR Service$13.50/mo.2250
Preferred DVR Service$20/mo.6250
Ultimate DVR Service$30/mo.241,000

Cox DVR service plans compared.

As with any DVR service, you can fast forward, rewind, and pause “live TV.” 

Essential and Preferred’s differences come from the number of simultaneous channels they can record. That’s only useful if you have multiple series playing at once that you can’t miss.

Here’s a FICTIONAL example of when Preferred would prove helpful. It’s Sunday night, and the following series share the same time slot on different channels:

  • Family Guy
  • LEGO Masters
  • Rick and Morty
  • House of the Dragon

Preferred makes it so you can record all these shows at once. And upon playing your downloaded episodes, you can fast forward through ads and optimize your experience.

Need to pee?

You can pause without missing an important character dying in House of the Dragon. I don’t know if that’s a spoiler because I haven’t watched it yet.

Hopefully, you get my point as to why simultaneous recording is important. I couldn’t imagine a use for 24 simultaneous recordings, though. Unless you’re a media junkie.

Cox TV Installation Process

Order your Cox television service online and wait until the next day to get your self-installation kit. In the meantime, you can watch channels immediately using the Cox Contour App.

The next day you SHOULD receive your Cox Getting Started TV kit that’ll include:

  • Contour box
  • Remote control
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cord
  • Coaxial cable

Ensure your kit includes these items.

Connect your Contour TV box to your wall using a coaxial cable. Then plug your TV box into a power outlet.

Power on your TV and program your remote with your TV. We have a separate guide that includes the Cox remote codes for every supported TV manufacturer.

Now for the DVR.

To set up a third-party DVR, you’ll need to call 800-234-3993 to help you with the installation process. Or you can visit cox.com/install and skip having a potentially awkward conversation.

Setting up the remote for your DVR will require you to hold your ‘Mute’ and ‘Select’ buttons simultaneously until seeing 2 blinks on your remote. Upon seeing these blinks, release these buttons.

To install the Contour Stream player, plug it in and follow the prompts on your TV.

Cox TV Customer Service: Ways To Reach Them

You can contact Cox’s residential internet customer service through one of the following avenues:

  • Oliver chatbot
  • Visit a local Cox store: here’s a link to help you find the closest store
  • Their forums: type ‘forums.cox.com’ into your address bar
  • Texting 54512: answers support and service questions

You can contact internet technical support, the Retention department, billing, and account support by calling 800-234-3993.

You can’t reach most of these departments on Sunday. And technical support is available 24/7.

Otherwise, you can reach Retention Monday–Friday, 8 am–9 pm. Saturday 9 am–6 pm.

Billing and account services are reachable Monday–Friday, 8 am–6 pm.

Homelife (their home security platform) is available Monday–Friday, 8 am–9 pm, and is reachable by calling 877-404-2568.

Transferring your internet service to a new address requires you to go through various prompts on their website. Or you can call 800-458-7154. Their support hours are Monday–Friday, 8 am–9 pm, and Saturday, 9 am–6 pm.

Cox TV Availability

You can get Cox’s home security, internet, TV, and voice services in 624 areas spread throughout the following 19 states:

ArkansasArizonaCaliforniaConnecticut
FloridaGeorgiaIowaIdaho
KansasLouisianaMassachusettsMissouri
North CarolinaNebraskaNevadaOhio
OklahomaRhode IslandVirginia

States that Cox supports.

Before getting Cox, ensure you current cities and states they support on their service availability page.

Cox TV vs. Other TV Providers

Here’s how Cox’s television services compare to other television service providers.

Cox TV vs. Verizon Fios TV

Let’s dive into the winners and losers when comparing Verizon Fios TV to Cox cable television:

Verizon Fios TV wins in these areas:

  • Fiber optic television
  • Significantly more channels
  • More international channel options
  • Free Verizon gift card
  • (Some) 4K channels

Cox cable television beats Verizon in these spots:

  • Affordable premium channels
  • You can use your own cable box
  • More simultaneous streams with their “streaming app”
  • A decent streaming box that’s not too expensive
  • More availability

Verizon Fios TV has an obvious upper hand with fiber optic television in the few areas they support. Since fiber optic cables are robust, they’re less susceptible to electromagnetic interference and poor weather conditions.

And fiber strands deliver services significantly faster.

But nothing’s perfect.

You’ll need to get a Verizon router to use it. Since it requires fiber optic connections. And you’ll need an Optical Network Terminal (ONT). Otherwise, your devices can’t understand the fiber optic signals Verizon sends to your home.

Overlapping STATES for Cox and Fios TV include:

  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Massachusetts

The cities each provider supports will differ. Moreover, availability can change at any time.

Cox TV vs. DirecTV (AT&T)

The following section will compare areas AT&T DirecTV and Cox cable television plans beat each other:

Cox Contour TV wins in these areas:

  • It doesn’t require internet speed (versus DirecTV Stream)
  • More affordable plans
  • No price increase after 2 months or a year
  • Has international TV channels

DirecTV has the upper hand in these spots:

  • Some plans include free premium channels for 3 months
  • DirecTV stream has unlimited device streaming and DVR storage
  • Satellite TV offers more channels
  • Availability in rural areas because of satellite internet

When you compare Cox to AT&T, you have to consider DirecTV satellite TV and Stream. The latter plan demands a minimum of 24 Mbps download speeds to stream content without buffering.

That’s demanding, considering that it’s not 4K content. Streaming 4K video usually requires 25 Mbps download speeds [4]. And DirecTV’s landing page DOESN’T specify they provide 4K quality.

Cox cable TV and AT&T DirecTV provide services in the same states. However, the cities they support will vary.

And you can watch DirecTV Stream anywhere. So long as you have a device that supports it.

DirecTV Stream honestly offers some of the best features and “decent” pricing. No cable boxes, unlimited DVR, and free premium channels on some plans.

Cox DOES offer slightly more affordable services. But satellite TV is available to more rural customers.

Cox Cable vs. YouTube TV

How does Cox TV compare to YouTube TV?

YouTube TV wins with these perks:

  • No installation required
  • Unlimited cloud DVR storage
  • No equipment required
  • No broadcast TV or regional sports fees
  • 4K add-on

Cox Contour cable TV wins in these spots:

  • It doesn’t use network bandwidth
  • More simultaneous streams
  • More channels
  • Has international channel add-on
  • Streaming box offers access to free streaming apps

YouTube TV requires 25 Mbps download speeds for 4K playback [5]. Then you’ll need 13 Mbps download speeds to watch content without buffering.

With a 100 Mbps home internet plan, you could have 7 devices simultaneously watch videos in 1080p. Meanwhile, 4 devices could watch 4K content.

You can use up to 3 with YouTube TV on more devices. Like a Roku or Chromecast. Unlike Cox’s Contour App.

However, Cox’s Contour TV app gives you 5 simultaneous streams at home and 3 away from home.

YouTube TV gives you the means to have a cheap DVR with unlimited storage. Meanwhile, you’ll get popular channels like Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and the Food Network.

You can pay for add-on networks. Most of these include premium channels (like HBO), Spanish channels, and other networks I’ve never heard of. Like Dove TV.

While the 4K’s tempting, you can only watch it on these networks with YouTube TV:

  • Discovery
  • ESPN
  • FOX Sports
  • FX
  • Nat Geo
  • NBC Sports
  • Tastemade
  • MLB Network

In short, YouTube TV’s a great alternative to any cable TV plan. You’ll just need an internet plan.

You can use YouTube anywhere in the United States. So long as you have an internet connection.

Cox TV vs. Dish Network

Let’s compare dish network and Cox television services:

Cox Communications’ TV plan has these advantages:

  • More reliability: since it’s cable internet
  • Free app to stream channels
  • Offers international channels

Dish Network is a better choice in the following spots:

  • Discounts for military and first responders
  • 2-year price guarantee
  • Free installation

Despite Dish running on satellite internet, they claim to have 99% signal reliability. Even in rural areas. If you’re in a rural area and don’t want to go with an online-based internet provider, Dish is a no-brainer.

In some cases, you may want Cox. While Cox doesn’t offer Spanish channel packages, they do offer plans for international channels. That means you can get channels in other languages than Spanish.

This could change by the time you read this post. But I HATE Dish’s website’s user interface. Their colors, graphics, and strange button placement enrage me.

It has nothing to do with their television service, but makes me believe it reflects on how they see their customers.

Cox Contour TV and Dish Network are all available in the same states. But the latter provider offers more availability throughout many additional cities and states.

Cox Cable TV vs. Xfinity TV

The following points will compare when Xfinity or Comcast cable TV plans work best:

Xfinity cable TV will work better because:

  • Discounts with bundles
  • More availability
  • Better TV channel streaming app

Here’s when Cox cable will prove as the superior plan:

  • Not as many plans with an increase in price after 12 months
  • More affordable plans
  • Has international channels

I want to clarify the last win for Comcast Xfinity. The Xfinity Stream app lets you watch channels on WAY more devices. These include smart TVs, Chromecasts, and more.

Unlike the Contour App, which only allows you to watch channels on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Xfinity has more availability than Cox. But not as many channels. But Comcast gives you better pricing.

For the first year. Then you’ll pay a lot more and likely regret paying for Comcast.

It’s a bit difficult to recommend one provider over the other.

I’m a bit biased toward Xfinity because of its streaming app’s accessibility. If you’re going for a TV provider for streaming, you may as well choose YouTube TV or a similar service.

But Cox has wins in several other areas. Like add-ons (looking at international channels).

Some states that Xfinity and Cox cable TV supports include every state EXCEPT:

  • Nevada (neither)
  • Nebraska (Cox only)
  • Kansas (Cox only)
  • Oklahoma (Cox only)

If you’re not in the above states, you can choose between Xfinity cable TV and Cox Contour.

FAQs: Cox TV

The following sections will cover frequently asked questions about Cox’s television services.

Does Cox Have TV Plans for Seniors?

Cox does not have cable television plans specifically for seniors.

Can I Use My Own TV Equipment With Cox?

Cox allows you to use your own TV box (like TiVo) or DVR so long as it’s CableCARD-compatible. You’ll need to pay a $4 monthly fee to use your own box.

Does Cox Offer TV Plan Discounts for Seniors?

Cox doesn’t offer discounts on their Contour cable TV plans for seniors.

Conclusion

Cox cable television services offer good value in some areas. For instance, they offer international channels.

While some providers offer obvious advantages, Cox has wins in some areas as well.

If you didn’t like what you found with Cox’s residential television services, check out our reviews for other television service providers.




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