How to Cut the Cord with Optimum

To adapt a popular quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to fit the cable vs. streaming conversation, “To cut, or not to cut, that is the question.” And while the decision may seem simple enough on the surface, there are actually quite a few considerations to make. 
 
SmartMove has put together some helpful questions to ask yourself, and top takeaways to keep in mind, as you research the solution that best fits your needs and lifestyle. 

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Pros of Staying Plugged In with Optimum

While the full list of “cable vs. streaming” pros and cons will vary from person to person, there are some key advantages to keeping the cord connected that apply across the board. 
 

Lower Internet Bandwidth Requirements

Whether you live alone, with a roommate or partner, or have a full household, every Internet-enabled device used is pulling from the same pool of available Internet bandwidth. From checking your email, to playing online games, to catching up on social media, every action you take requires available Internet “speed” to accomplish the task at hand. When you add streaming television into the equation, chances are high that you will have to upgrade your current Internet package to accommodate the increased demand. Be sure to consider the cost associated with a higher bandwidth plan when calculating total costs. 


Ready Access to Local News and Sports

While many streaming services have made great strides in offering local sports and news programming to a greater number of their subscribers, this is still an area where cable typically has a clear advantage – particularly for viewers outside major metropolitan areas. Due to a number of considerations, including the associated costs, many streaming services include little to no local channels in their lineup. If that’s something that’s important to you, be sure to research what will be available in your specific area from any streaming provider you’re considering.


Unwavering Reliability

No television connection is perfect 100% of the time; the majority of us have surely experienced the “cable going out” at some point in our lives. But by and large, a hardwired Optimum cable connection is exceedingly reliable, and unaffected by some of the scenarios that can cause streaming hiccups. One of the most common culprits for slow streaming speeds is outside your control altogether – the number of users in your area watching at the same time. 

Optimum Internet Packages

In addition to their popular cable and Internet bundles, Optimum offers an array of Internet-only plans for those looking to get their entertainment needs satisfied elsewhere. Let’s dive into what some of those Internet plans offer, and how many users and simultaneously running devices each might accommodate…

Optimum 300 – 300 Mbps

While considered an entry-level plan for Optimum, with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, Optimum 300 is a perfect fit for many household’s needs. While bandwidth demands vary quite a bit from action to action, and device to device, as a general rule 300 Mbps speeds should support the Internet usage demands of up to 5 household members, with each using at least one device simultaneously.

Optimum 500 – 500 Mbps

If you and other members of your household are regularly “Internet multitasking,” checking your email, streaming television or movies, engaging in video calls, and more, the Optimum 500 plan can help minimize chances that speed will ever be an issue. This is also a great plan to consider if much of your streaming and/or gaming will be in 4K resolution, which carries increased Internet requirements.
 

Optimum 1 Gig – 940 Mbps

If you have a busy household outfitted with Internet-enabled smart home devices, with kids and adults alike regularly streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, and/or downloading large files, you can help eliminate bandwidth concerns before they begin by going for the gig! Be sure to ask about Optimum’s Price for Life promotion to help lock in your price for this and other Internet plans.

Optimum Cable and Internet Bundles

Optimum is unique in that they don’t offer standalone cable packages. While you can opt for an Internet-only plan, if you want to take advantage of Optimum TV, bundling it with Internet is your only option. Luckily, Optimum makes it easy with a large selection of plans to suit an array of entertainment needs and budgets, including...
 

  • Optimum Core TV + Optimum 300 Internet – 220+ channels
  • Optimum Select TV + Optimum 200 Internet – 340+ channels
  • Optimum Select TV + Optimum 400 Internet – 340+ channels
  • Optimum Premier TV + Optimum 400 Internet – 420+ channels

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