Spectrum TV is an internet service owned by Charter Communications that offers both live TV and on-demand streaming. In addition to cable and on-demand television, Spectrum offers internet and mobile phone services, which you can bundle with Spectrum TV.
There are a few things that set Spectrum TV apart from other cable TV providers.
- It’s widely available. With coverage in select cities in 41 states, it’s one of the most accessible cable TV providers in the U.S.
- There’s no contract. Cancel whenever you’d like.
- All channels are in HD. You won’t have to choose between snagging a good deal on cable TV and watching in high definition.
Spectrum TV’s basic package, Spectrum TV Select, hosts around 125 channels. The next tier up, Spectrum TV Silver, is where you’ll gain access to HBO Max. The silver tier hosts an additional 50 channels, including Oprah Winfrey Network, Nat Geo Wild, Disney Junior, and MLB, plus HBO Max and Showtime.
How much does the Spectrum with HBO Max bundle cost?
To gain access to HBO Max, you’ll need to enroll in Spectrum TV Silver, which is the middle tier of Spectrum TV’s offerings. Silver tier status offers around 175 channels, 50 more than Spectrum TV’s basic package offers. The price difference between the basic and Silver packages is about $30 per month — the basic package costs $44.99/month for the first 12 months, while the Silver package will run you $74.99/month for the first 12 months.
If you’re only interested in Spectrum TV’s basic package of channels and HBO Max, you would be better off without the bundle since a standalone HBO Max subscription costs $14.99/month (or $9.99/month with ads). If you purchased the basic package of Spectrum TV and an HBO Max subscription separately, your monthly bill would be $59.98, rather than the $74.99 charged for the Spectrum TV Silver.
However, if you’re interested in Showtime and the 50 additional channels offered by the Silver package in addition to HBO Max, the bundle is certainly worth the investment.
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How to sign up for the Spectrum TV HBO Max bundle?
Signing up for Spectrum TV with HBO Max is pretty simple. If you have an existing basic subscription, you’ll need to upgrade to the Silver plan. If you don’t already have a Spectrum TV subscription, it’s as easy as signing up for the Silver package from the get-go. Either way, you can start by visiting Spectrum’s cable TV plans page.
Step 1: Navigate to Spectrum’s cable TV plans page
This page offers a preview of Spectrum TV’s most popular packages, including the Silver plan. Click the “shop now” button within the Spectrum TV Silver plan to start the process.
Step 2: Enter your address to see your offer
After clicking “shop now,” you’ll be directed to a page that asks for your address. If you’re an existing subscriber looking to upgrade, you can enter your address here, and it will give you the option to upgrade your existing account to the Silver plan.
Step 3: Browse offers and select “TV Silver:
Once you enter your address, you’ll be directed to a list of offers in descending order by price. You can browse all of your offers or skip down to the TV Silver option. Under this option, select “choose.”
You’ll be asked whether you’d like to upgrade or add even more channels throughout the process, which you can decline. However, more expensive plans include HBO Max and additional channels, so check those out if you’re interested.
You’ll also have to select what equipment you’d like to order. At least one HD box is required, and they cost $8.99 apiece per month. You can also add DVR service to any of your HD boxes, which costs $4.99 per month for one or $9.99 per month for two or more.
At this point, you’ll see a bar at the top of the screen with your initial payment amount, which includes applicable fees and startup costs.
Step 4: Enter your personal information
In the final step, you’ll need to enter your personal information and decide between picking up your self-installation kit in a store or having it shipped to you. You don’t have to make a payment at this point, but you do need to decide between paperless or mailed billing.
Once you’ve entered your information and preferences, the final step is agreeing to the terms of service and submitting your order.
Is the Spectrum and HBO Max bundle worth it?
With HD service in 41 states, Spectrum TV is a great cable and on-demand television provider. Basic plans start at $44.99/month for 12 months, but those won’t give you access to HBO Max. If you’d like to bundle HBO Max with your cable, the cheapest plan is the Spectrum TV Silver plan, which starts at $74.99/month for 12 months.
This plan is only worth it if you’re interested in the 50 additional channels the Silver bundle offers, including Showtime, Lifetime Movie Network, Oprah Winfrey Network, MLB, Nat Geo Wild, and more. If those don’t interest you, the better option is purchasing the basic Spectrum TV package (Spectrum TV Select) and a separate HBO Max membership, which costs about $15 less per month than the Silver package.
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