Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Consumer Electronics  > TV, Home Theater & Audio > Bundled Services

Bundled Services Cost


How Much Do Bundled Services Cost?

 
average costMedium: 2 Services Generally Run $84-$110/monthhigh costHigh: Three Services Generally Run $100-$130+/month
post E-mail post Post  

As cable, internet and voice service providers start to offer plans and packages in areas outside of what was once their initial offerings, bundled services are starting to become more common and often offer better deals for the average consumer. These services usually include TV and Internet, or TV, Internet, and voice bundled plans. Major players in this arena include Comcast[1] , AT&T[2] and Verizon[3] . Each of them offers a "triple pack" of TV, Internet and voice or a "double pack" of TV and Internet where pricing is based on number of offered television channels, Internet speed, and calling features. These offers in a regional location are all subject to service availability.

Typical costs:

  • Comcast Digital Double Play[4] , which includes their Digital Starter package and their high speed Internet service (up to 12 Mbps), ranges from $84/month in the Chicago area to $110/month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Comcast's Triple Play[5] of cable, Internet and digital voice has three tiers based on the features that a customer may want and are $130, $160, and $200 per month. These rates appear to be similar across the Comcast service areas.
  • AT&T U-verse bundles include a Double Pack of TV and Internet starting at $74 per month and higher up to $174 per month depending on programming choices and Internet speed. U-verse's backbone is IPTV technology based on fiber optics. The Non U-verse[6] Double Pack starts at $60 per month.
  • Adding on U-verse Voice is an additional $30 for the primary line. So the U-verse Triple Pack[7] options would then range from $105 (least expensive bundle components) all the up to $204 (most expensive bundle components) per month. The non U-verse Triple Pack[8] starts at $100.
  • Verizon offers Phone and FiOS Internet (their fiber optic network solutions) with a Double Play[9] bundle that start at $90 a month with an annual agreement. Non FiOS Double Play starts at $50 a month
  • Similarly, Verizon FiOS also offers several tiers of their Triple Play[10] package. They range from $110 to $130 per month. Non FiOS packages are $80, $100, and $120 per month.
Related articles: High-Definition Service, Cable TV, Satellite TV, Digital Converter Box

What should be included:
  • For TV viewing, bundled services often include an HD DVR. A DVR is a digital video recorder that records video onto a hard drive storage medium. It often includes features such as pausing live TV, recording two channels at the same time, and allowing instant replay, rewinding, and fast-forwarding of video programming.
  • Broadband service usually includes a wireless router and modem these days. This is a digital modem that allows you to connect your home computer and network to online Internet services. Wireless capabilities on the modem also allows one to connect computers and laptops wirelessly to the Internet on your home network.
  • If digital voice is included as part of the bundle, this feature is then often combined with a more feature-rich broadband modem to include capabilities of handling telephone voice data.
Additional costs:
  • For television, premium channel add-ons range from $7 to $14 per month.
  • Higher Internet speed grades range from $30-$65 per month.
  • A second voice line costs about $15 per month.
Discounts:
  • Comcast currently offers the Digital Double Play for $70 per month for 6 months for eligible customers.
  • For Comcast's Triple Play service, a one year contract nets an additional $20 of savings each month. A two year contract gives savings that range from $30-$50 depending on the tier chosen.
  • AT&T U-verse Double Pack currently offers a $200 Cash Back promotion.
  • Verizon FiOS pricing for new customers require an annual agreement and the pricing is guaranteed for two years. Additionally, online orders get an additional $5 discount. Their Triple Play packages also currently offer a free camcorder or discounted/free Compaq Mini netbook depending on which tier your choose.
Shopping for bundled services:
  • The best way to shop for bundled services with Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon is through their websites.
  • Not all services and providers may be available in a particular location. Though, there are also times when two or all three major providers provide offerings. Also note that service quality can vary from geographic region to region as well.
  • Epinions.com[11] offers a comparison of some users experiences between Comcast and AT&T U-Verse.
  • DSLReports.com[12] has a forum thread comparing broadband usage for 30 days between Comcast and AT&T.
  • Seeking Alpha[13] , a financial analysis website, offers a slightly different take by comparing subscribers and availability of services between AT&T and Verizon.
  • AVS Forum[14] , a forum for audio and video enthusiasts, has a large thread comparing HD video quality between Comcast and Verizon FiOS.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Bundled Services
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Provider: Services: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  wwwb.comcast.com/
  2.  www.att.com/
  3.  www22.verizon.com/
  4.  wwwb.comcast.com/Shop/Buyflow/Default.ashx?area=6&SourcePage=Bundled#A112
  5.  wwwb.comcast.com/Shop/Buyflow/Default.ashx?area=6&SourcePage=Bundled
  6.  www.att.com/gen/general?pid=9147
  7.  www.att.com/gen/general?pid=11226
  8.  www.att.com/gen/general?pid=9147
  9.  www22.verizon.com/home/bundles/fios/
  10.  www22.verizon.com/home/bundles/fios/
  11.  www.epinions.com/review/elec_Services_Cable_By_Provider-Comcast/content_455965707908
  12.  www.dslreports.com/forum/r22273094-Comparing-30-days-between-ATT-Comcast-Static-Services
  13.  seekingalpha.com/article/131463-battle-of-the-u-s-wireless-giants-at-t-vs-verizon
  14.  www.avsforum.com/t/1008271/comcast-hd-quality-reduction-details-screenshots
More Consumer Electronics Topics
Check Out All Costs for Consumer Electronics Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display Prices Microsoft Surface Pro Prices Canon EOS Rebel T3i Prices

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
24hour locksmith
Paid: 115.00
This is a crooked company.24 hour locksmith in Omaha ne... [more]
-stuart
Locksmith Cost
A very long driveway! 50 YARDS
Paid: 40.00
Gave a $10 tip, so a total of $50. He ran truck thru driveway and hand shoveled the sidewalks, deck and steps. I tried to get a head start last night -but overnight the drifts grew to 5 and 6 feet or more... [more]
-Tuffy
Snow Removal Cost
Geo-Thermal
Paid: 0.00
We purchased a home built in 1992 with a Geo-Thermal. We were so excited, now we are Not impressed. Yes it is quieter, but the savings are not significant. Every year we have an issue and very few companies work on them... [more]
-LISAM
Geothermal Heat Pump Cost
Oil burner prime
Paid: 80.00
This seems like a lot of money to prime an oil burner. A task that takes 5 minutes and a bill for $80... [more]
-Mark Stevens
Furnace Tune-up Cost
Tummy tuck
Paid: 0.00
I'm a 46 yr old beautiful woman I only look about 35 I'm often mistaken for my 25 yr old sons wife however I'm fairly thin and fit but my tummy is large & sagging and gives me a huge complex I've done exercise dieting the rest of me ge... [more]
-Ahagg
Tummy Tuck Cost
Interpreter
Paid: 200.00
$200 was the best money ever spend in hiring Albanian court interpreter Mr Oliver Kici to interpret for a deposition my mother had on December of 2014 Having a professional interpreter made a huge difference on the way the deposition was h... [more]
-Edmond
Interpreter Cost