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Subscribers of Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink brands now have increased flexibility in internet, video and mobile service plans with FlexAbility options.

The company has three different options, including Optimum FlexAbility for Internet, FlexAbility for TV and FlexAbility for Mobile. Customers choosing any of these options can upgrade or downgrade service without penalties or extra fees.

Optimum FlexAbility for Internet enables subscribers to choose 1 Gbps, 500 Mbps, 300 Mbps or 100 Mbps speeds. Altice says that combining the optimized speeds with WiFi 6 enables comprehensive, whole-home coverage.

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FlexAbility for TV offers a Broadcast Basic plan that focuses primarily on news, as well as other options that focus on sports, entertainment, lifestyle and kids. The pricing includes a primary set-top box rental fee but no separate programming surcharges. Stream, a streaming service that provides access to 50 free live channels and streaming apps, also is available.

FlexAbility for Mobile offers 1 GB, 3 GB and unlimited plans. There is no extra cost for 5G.

The new Altice service plans are available to Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers. Optimum is available in the New York City tri-state area. Suddenlink serves subscribers in 17 states and focuses on Texas, West Virginia and Louisiana, according to a company webpage.

Traditional cable operators are being pushed by innovative and creative streaming and satellite companies that replicate cable offerings without being burdened by the cable industry’s vast infrastructure demands.

One way in which the cable companies are responding is by focusing on double instead of triple play bundles and on Internet connectivity. In April, GlobalData said in its “@Home Bundles US” report that triple play bundles account for 34% of services offered on line, compared to 41% in 2019. Overall, the firm found, connectivity is at the core of service bundle offers.

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