Frontier TV Review

Bundle Frontier internet and TV.

Frontier
Price
$20.00–$89.99/mo.
when bundled

Channels
115–360+

  • Quantum DVR
  • Affordable bundles

Data effective 7/16/19. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Best Frontier TV packages

Frontier is phasing out its standalone TV packages, so you can get FiOS TV, Vantage TV, or DISH through Frontier only when you bundle with an internet service. That’s not ideal if you just want TV service, but bundling services with any provider usually makes sense if you plan on getting both anyway.

Just like with Frontier internet, the fiber services are better than the non-fiber services. The FiOS bundles, in particular, are good because they give you better DVR options.

We like the basic and inexpensive FiOS 50/50 + FiOS TV Custom Essentials for budget-minded folks and the FiOS 500/500 + FiOS TV Choice + Digital Voice Triple Play because it gives you a ton of entertainment options.

Since FiOS TV isn’t available in most places, we’d also like to highlight the Vantage Premium Internet + Vantage TV Extreme bundle. It’s a little more expensive than the Vantage Fiber or FiOS internet and TV bundles, but it still gives you fast internet speeds and plenty of channel options, including BBC World News, CNBC World, and CNN International.

Check out our top picks.

Best value bundle

FiOS 50/50 + FiOS TV Custom Essentials

130+ channels

Speeds up to
50
Mbps download

From
$6499/mo

for 12 months with 2-year agreement. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, Internet Infrastructure Surcharge, Quantum service fee, broadcast fee, early term, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Best Double Play bundle

Vantage Premium Internet + Vantage TV Extreme

360+ channels

Speeds up to
115
Mbps download

From
$9499/mo

for 12 months. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, DVR service fee, broadcast fee, RSN fee, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions.

Best Triple Play bundle

FiOS 500/500 + FiOS TV Choice + Digital Voice

125+ channels

Unlimited nationwide calling

Speeds up to
500
Mbps download

From
$9499/mo

for 12 months with 2-year agreement. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, Internet Infrastructure Surcharge, Quantum service fee, VoIP admin fee, broadcast fee, RSN fee, early term, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions.

How good is Frontier TV service?

Frontier TV service is decent as long as you want to bundle it with your internet package. The provider doesn’t offer TV-only plans at this time. Though it makes sense for providers and customers to bundle TV and internet, the option for standalone TV plans would still be nice.

Frontier’s biggest weakness as a service provider—inconsistency across plans and pricing—is present in its TV and bundled services. For example, it offers Quantum DVR options to FiOS customers that aren’t available to those with Vantage TV.

Overall, Frontier TV options are good enough. There are several plan options available within each type of Frontier service, whether you get FiOS, Vantage, or DISH. Its plans are comparable to those of other top TV services, and its bundles are reasonably priced.

Pros

  • Netflix integration
  • Quantum DVR

Cons

  • No standalone TV options
  • Price hikes after first year on most plans

Frontier TV Services

Frontier Communications has a few different service brands throughout the US. These are Frontier, FiOS, and Vantage. They’re all available in specific markets, and the type of TV you can get depends on which internet service is available at your house. It’s a little confusing, so here’s a brief rundown of each Frontier TV service.

FiOS

Frontier FiOS services are available in parts of California, Florida, Indiana, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Both FiOS internet and TV use a fiber-optic network to deliver speedy and reliable service. The FiOS brand is a remnant of the network’s former life as Verizon Fios. Frontier purchased the territory and infrastructure from Verizon in 2015 and 2016.

FiOS offers TV and internet Double Play bundles or Triple Play bundles that add home phone service. Both make you sign a two-year contract with a price hike after the first year, which isn’t great but is pretty normal for a TV or internet provider.

  • Up to 500+ channels
  • 150,000+ on-demand titles
  • Quantum TV DVR service

Vantage

Vantage TV by Frontier is available in parts of Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Ohio. It’s available to bundle with Vantage internet. Vantage has both fiber and DSL internet options, and Vantage TV is an all-digital service.

Like its internet packages, Frontier FiOS and Vantage Fiber internet and TV bundles are similarly priced, offer similar channel counts, and require two-year agreements.

Interestingly, Vantage bundles that include Vantage DSL internet do not require a contract, though Vantage bundles with fiber internet do.

  • Up to 495 channels
  • 40,000+ on-demand titles
  • Frontier Whole Home DVR

DISH

Frontier-branded internet services (packages with names like Frontier Internet or Frontier Premium Internet but not Vantage or FiOS) bundle with DISH satellite TV service.

These Frontier and DISH bundles cost more than other Frontier TV and internet bundles, but there’s definitely some savings in bundling. All the Frontier Internet + DISH TV Triple Play packages cost about $20–$30 less per month than getting each service separately.

DISH bundles require a separate contract for your TV and internet services since they’re from two separate companies. But since it’s a DISH TV contract, there’s no price hike after the first year like there is with FiOS and Vantage Fiber bundles.

  • Up to 250+ channels
  • 80,000+ on-demand titles
  • Hopper 3 DVR

Frontier TV and internet bundles

Frontier has a lot of internet and TV plans, so it makes sense that it also has a ton of bundles. It’s overwhelming at first, but most homes will have access to only a few options because Frontier’s different services operate mostly in different areas.

As you can see from the tables below, Frontier’s Double and Triple Play bundles combine services from the same brand family. FiOS internet plans go with FiOS TV. Vantage pairs with Vantage, and Frontier Internet gets bundled with DISH for TV.

Frontier’s selection of Double Play bundles range in price from $64.99–$94.99 per month. The FiOS and Vantage Fiber bundles are pretty evenly priced, though FiOS TV advertises slightly higher channel count numbers than Vantage TV.

There are more Vantage TV and FiOS TV Double Play options than what we listed. Like, you can pair Vantage TV Extreme with Vantage 200/200 internet if you want. But if we listed every bundle Frontier offers, we’d be here forever. There are just a lot of options.

Plan Prices from* Download speeds up to
Vantage 50/50 + Vantage Custom Essentials + Vantage Voice Unlimited $74.99/mo 50 Mbps
Vantage 500/500 + Vantage Custom Essentials + Vantage Voice Unlimited $84.99/mo 500 Mbps
Vantage 200/200 + Vantage Voice Unlimited + Vantage TV Custom Essentials $84.99/mo 200 Mbps
Vantage 50/50 + Vantage TV Choice + Vantage Voice Unlimited $84.99/mo 50 Mbps
Vantage Preferred Internet + Vantage TV Prime + Vantage Voice Unlimited $92.99/mo 25 Mbps
Vantage 500/500 + Vantage TV Choice + Vantage Voice Unlimited $94.99/mo 500 Mbps
Vantage 200/200 + Vantage TV Choice + Vantage Voice Unlimited $94.99/mo 200 Mbps
Vantage Preferred Internet + Vantage TV Extreme + Vantage Voice Unlimited $97.99/mo 25 Mbps
Vantage Premium Internet + Vantage TV Prime + Vantage Voice Unlimited $99.99/mo 115 Mbps
Frontier Internet + DIRECTV America’s Top 200 + Frontier Freedom Essentials $110.99/mo 6 Mbps
Frontier Preferred Internet + America’s Top 200 + Frontier Freedom Essentials $117.99/mo 25 Mbps
Frontier Premium Internet + America’s Top 250 + Frontier Freedom Essentials $137.99/mo 115 Mbps
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Data effective 07/16/19. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

* for 12 months with 2-year agreement. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, Internet Infrastructure Surcharge, Quantum service fee, VoIP admin fee, broadcast fee, RSN fee, early term, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions.

with 2-yr. agmt. on new DISH service. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable Frontier terms & conditions.with 2-yr. agmt. on new DISH service. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable Frontier terms & conditions.

Frontier’s Triple Play bundles throw internet, TV, and home phone together into one convenient package. Like its Double Play bundles, Frontier keeps its Triple Play bundles within the same brand family. So Vantage internet goes with Vantage TV and Vantage phone service.

Looking over all the Triple Play options (and again, there are more possible combinations than those listed here), it’s easy to notice that the Frontier and DISH bundles are a little pricier than the other options.

Frontier TV tech

Frontier has an impressive DVR setup and a decent mobile app that both give you more control over your TV experience.

 

DVR

Frontier has whole-home DVR options for Vantage TV and FiOS TV. The DVR service allows for up to four simultaneous recordings per DVR and lets you pause and rewind live TV for one TV at a time. The standard DVR has 500 GB storage capacity, or enough to store more than 300 hours of shows.

FiOS has a better DVR setup with its Quantum TV upgrade, which costs extra but gives its customers a few more ways to control their DVR. These include Amazon Alexa integration and DVR-to-Go, which lets you watch your recorded content on your mobile device wherever you are.

There are two levels of Quantum TV: Enhanced Experience ($10 per month plus equipment rental) and Premium Experience ($20 per month plus equipment rental). Enhanced supports five TVs, six simultaneous recordings, and one terabyte of storage for 150+ hours of HD programming. Premium doubles all of that.

If your Frontier internet bundles with DISH TV services, you have a few more options.

The first is the Hopper Duo Smart DVR, which can handle up to two TVs and two recordings at the same time. There are Hopper and Hopper with Sling options for up to eight recordings. And then there’s the Hopper 3, which might be overkill with its 16-channel recording and two terabytes of storage (for 2,000 hours of standard definition recordings).

 

FrontierTV mobile app

The FrontierTV app works with both Vantage and FiOS TV services. It’s available for iOS and Android, but its App Store star rating (4/5) is significantly higher than its Google Play Store rating (2.8/5) at the time of writing.

You can use the FrontierTV app to stream live TV channels, watch on-demand shows, set parental controls, look up your channel guide, and set your DVR schedule. If you have Quantum TV service, you can also watch your DVR recordings via the app with the DVR-to-Go feature.

Frontier TV installation

Frontier’s installation process is pretty much what you’d expect from a TV and Internet Service Provider. When you sign up for a Frontier bundle, you also set your installation date and time, which is confirmed via email.

When the technician shows up, they figure out where your TV and internet connections need to be and set things up. If you sign up for fiber-optic service, this setup might require an Optical Network Terminal and some new cabling, which could add to your installation bill.

If you don’t need anything that intense, you could qualify for self-installation. You’ll still see the $9.99 equipment delivery and handling fee, but there is no installation fee for most Frontier bundles.

Our verdict

If you’re looking into both TV and internet services, it just makes sense to bundle up. While some of Frontier’s options are obviously better than others, all of the provider’s services are reasonably priced for what they are.

If you can get it, we recommend getting a FiOS bundle because the fiber service is more reliable, has exceptional internet speeds, and gives you better DVR options.

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Frontier TV FAQ

Can I get just TV from Frontier?

At this time, Frontier is offering its TV services only when bundled with internet.

What is Frontier’s channel lineup?

Frontier TV’s channel lineup depends on your TV package and location. You can find FiOS and Vantage TV guides by state on Frontier’s website. And for packages that bundle with DISH, you can find your channel lineup on the DISH website.

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