New York City has a number of public access TV channels which have recently all gone digital. These channels are mainly broadcast in English though some are Spanish language channels.

Cable TV in New York City is provided by four companies though very often basic cable is included in the utility package for your apartment. These are:

Time Warner Cable: (

Time Warner offers over 100 HDTV TV channels along with facilities like DVR (digital video recording), Movies on Demand, parental controls as well as premium channels. Time Warner also broadcast several International channels like RAI TV (Italian) and CCTV (Chinese) and many more. Some international channels are only exclusively available, however, when you pay for premium channel services. Time Warner offers even a bundle of Spanish and English TV channels through its El Paquetazo bilingual package. You can order your cable package online or call Time Warner at 212 358 0900 to find out about the location of a store.


RCN offers Cable TV services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Like the other companies it offers HDTV, International channels, sports packages, pay per view, on demand movies and much more. RCN’s plans range from $39.95 a month to $56.90 a month excluding fees and charges.

All cable services require the use of converter boxes and remotes which are supplied by the cable company either free or for a small nominal charge.