Buckeye Broadband TV Review
Finding the right cable TV service can be tricky, as many of the major TV service providers may not offer coverage in your area. If you find yourself in this boat, then you’ll need to consider some smaller regional cable providers. For those located in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan, Buckeye Broadband TV may be the service you’ve been looking for.
In addition to cable TV, Buckeye Broadband offers high-speed internet and you may benefit from bundling your internet and TV service through this provider. While we’re primarily focused on Buckeye’s TV service, but we’ll go over their bundling prices as well.
Who is Buckeye Broadband TV for?
Buckeye Broadband TV is for anyone who is located in the Buckeye Broadband coverage territory that is looking for a price-competitive cable TV service. Some customers in Buckeye’s service area cannot get service through other major providers such as Cox or Spectrum, so Buckeye Broadband helps to fill that gap for many residents of Ohio and Michigan.
Buckeye Broadband TV is also for anyone who is tired of signing a contract with their cable provider. While many TV service providers require a 12 to 36 month commitment in exchange for discounted pricing, Buckeye Broadband TV makes it very clear that they are a no-contract service. So, if you want to try a service without a long-term commitment, Buckeye Broadband TV may be worth considering.
How much does Buckeye Broadband TV cost?
Buckeye Broadband has two base cable TV plans:
- Local 30+ is $31.98/month for more than 30 channels, which are primarily comprised of local stations such as ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.
- Popular Standard is $133.95/month and has over 100 channels. Among these channels are popular networks such as ESPN, Disney, Discovery, Comedy Central, and many more.
You can also add on premium channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax for an additional fee. It’s worth noting, however, that adding the premium channels appears to be more costly than it would be to pay for a separate subscription. For example, HBO is $20/month with Buckeye Broadband TV, but you can subscribe to HBO Max for $14.99/month as a standalone service. Similarly, Starz is $10.99/month through Buckeye TV, but subscribing directly to Starz streaming service is only $8.99/month.
Can I get my regional sports networks through Buckeye Broadband TV?
Yes, if you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers or Guardians fan, you’re in luck. Buckeye Broadband TV carries both Bally Sports Ohio and Bally Sports Great Lakes. If you’re in the Detroit market, you’ll also get all Detroit Tigers games on Bally Sports Detroit.
Can I bundle Buckeye Broadband TV and internet?
Yes, Buckeye Broadband internet and TV can be bundled. There are currently two bundles available:
- HD Cable TV & Broadband Internet is $49.99 at the introductory rate for basic internet plus the Local 30+ TV package. After the promotional period pricing increases to $64.98/month.
- Popular Standard & Broadband Internet is $99.99/month at the introductory rate, then increases to $151.97 afterward.
Are there any setup fees?
Yes, there is a one-time $50 cable TV activation fee that will be charged on your first bill.
What others say about Buckeye Broadband TV
Buckeye Broadband has a very small footprint compared to most cable TV providers, so there are very few thorough service reviews to rely on. They also do not appear on any TV service provider rankings, such as those put out by JD Power or American Customer Satisfaction Index.
The company’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) listing is a mixed bag. Buckeye Broadband has an A+ BBB rating, but there are quite a few negative reviews. However, many of the negative reviews are centered around the pricing for their internet service, and not so much the TV service.
How does Buckeye Broadband TV compare to other providers?
Buckeye Broadband TV isn’t for everybody, but for many of the customers in its coverage area, it is the only option. Pricing is in line with other cable TV providers for their Popular Standard plan. For those who just need a few local channels—which may include NFL fans, as most games air on CBS and Fox—the $31.98/month price is much lower than the most basic offering from other providers. The inclusion of the Bally regional sports networks could also make the service tempting for fans of Cleveland or Detroit teams.
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*Pricing varies by location and availability. Speeds may vary. All prices subject to change; for current pricing and availability visit our TV service page. Prices as of 6/3/22.
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