In recent years Verizon FiOS has grown to become one of the more popular TV providers in the United States, but what exactly does it offer you? And how does it compare with other services, like Cable TV and Satellite TV? With the number of choices on the market it could be a daunting task sifting through figuring out which might be the best TV service for you.
Quite honestly, it would be impossible to gather all the facts in this quest to help make your decision, but if you are considering Verizon’s service here is some information to help make your decision easier.
Verizon FiOS vs Cable TV vs Satellite TV
As a customer of a number of TV service providers through the years, I look to availability, experience of service, cost savings, and channel choices as my top decision-making factors.
Satellite TV services like DirecTV and Dish Network seem to be available in most states in the U.S. Comcast’s XFINITY Cable TV service is available in about 40 states. Time Warner Cable (TWC) is available in about 30 states. And the Verizon FiOS service can be had in much fewer states, thereby limiting its choice for consumers to only certain regions. This is an obviously important factor if you are considering the service.
Make sure you check our services locator to see if Verizon FiOS is available at your street address before you go through this decision-making progress.
When it comes to actual picture quality, Comcast and Verizon have some of the best HD technology and from my experience, both were equally good in this aspect when compared to Satellite TV. Technology experts tout the fiber optic technology behind Verizon FiOS as the more superior and there is an advantage for Verizon picture quality over cable in this regard.
The most significant difference in service between Comcast and Verizon is when it comes to available channels. Comcast channels are called “choices” by the company, and they have thousands of these, of which many are premium or on-demand, which would cost extra.
Verizon has fewer channels, coming in at a little less than a thousand, of which over 100 are HD channels, with about 70 commercial free music channels.
Satellite TV options from DirecTV and Dish Network both have channel options that are even much less, in the 100 to 300 range and with much fewer HD options.
In terms of costs, individual TV service from most providers typically offer less value than when you bundle services to also include High Speed Internet and Home Phone.
With a number of premium channels, a DVR, phone service and Internet, I was paying a little over $200 with Comcast. A similar package from Verizon offered me pricing of about 20-percent less than that. But pricing varies greatly, depending on location and time of purchase, so you should check what pricing and discounts are available in your area on Digital Landing.
Verizon FiOS vs AT&T U-verse
Verizon FiOS and AT&T both use very similar high-end technology to deliver TV, phone, and Internet to residences. While Verizon uses the more advance fiber optic technology alone to deliver these services, AT&T uses both fiber optics where available and copper wiring in its place where fiber optics is not available. Since fiber optics is a more expensive and complex technology, it is not as widely available nationwide, giving AT&T the edge when it comes to entering new service areas. This market competition between both companies is documented in a ZDNet report.
Verizon FiOS, however, prides its service on providing the highest and most stable technology in the industry.
AT&T still uses networks similar to dial-up technology that places limitations on the capabilities of broadband. Verizon’s fiber optics is the technology of the future and it offers stability and quality. Also, AT&T U-verse offers less than 500 channels, thereby providing fewer options than FiOS.
Verizon positions itself as a top quality provider in the U.S.; building a reputation on gradual but steady expansion, reliability, and a growing variety of interrelated services. For this reason and to keep up brand image, they invest in technologies that are usually more advanced than those if its competitors, which is why they have adopted fiber optics faster than any other U.S. provider. And in terms of service quality, pricing and technology, AT&T comes as the closest feasible competitor.
AT&T, as the largest telecommunications company in the United States, has followed market trends for pricing and services to maintain and grow its customer base. While this is good in the short-term, it allows for fluctuation of prices and services to customers in the long-term. So, as a customer, you do not always know what you will pay down the road or what service would be available.
The quality of service, as well as the stability and affordability of pricing makes Verizon FiOS a reasonable choice when compared to its Cable TV and Satellite TV counterparts, and even when held up to its closest rival, U-Verse.
The question that remains is if Verizon FiOS is available in your area of the United States. Digital Landing offers a free services locator, which also finds the best bargains and deals on all digital services, including Cable TV, Internet, Phone, Energy and Home Security.