Should You Choose Verizon FiOS or Cablevision - Optimum Online?

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If you live in the north east, then chances are you may be choosing between FiOS and Cablevision for your internet & TV service provider.

If that's the case, we've made making an informed decision easy.

Below you'll find a detailed comparison chart, maps of availability, along with recommendations of which provider is right for you.

Which to Choose: Verizon FiOS or Cablevision

When it really boils down to it, it’s hard to say whether FiOS or Cablevision is better for your needs.

With that in mind, here are my recommendations based on years more than 5 years of watching these 2 companies:

Price Shoppers — Choose FiOS

If you are someone who is looking for the rock bottom lowest bundles and triple plays, I’d recommend choosing FiOS, but only when they are running specials.

The best way to find the specials FiOS running for November is to visit this page: http://www.verizon.com/home/bundles/fios/ and see their latest bundles and deals.

We also keep a user rated page of the best FiOS deals on this page too.

Just make sure you look out for their DVR costs if you have TVs in a lot of rooms.

Heavy Internet Users — Choose FiOS

If you are someone who works from home, is an avid gamer, or watches a lot of Youtube, Hulu, or Netflix, your best bet is FiOS. Their fiber optic connection will allow you to have the nations fastest internet along with a very low ping (which will improve your internet experience).

Heavy TV Watchers — Choose Cablevision

If you are someone that likes to come home and plop on the couch and turn on the tube, then Cablevision might be for you. I say this because they have more TV channels, but they aren’t delivered over fiber optic so they are typically compressed more. This means Cablevision may have a worse picture quality than FiOS… but hey, they have more channels.

It’s a trade off, but if I had to choose one I’d go with FiOS.

Head to Head Comparison

Verizon FiOS

Cablevision - Optimum Online

November 2014: discount offer No offer available.

Lowest Triple Play Price

    • Price: $79.99/Mo for 24 months
    • Internet Service: 25 Mbps Download / 25 Mbps Upload
    • TV Service: 135+ channels including 25+ in HD
    • Phone: Unlimited nationwide calling with many calling features including
    • Voice Mail, Caller ID and Call Waiting.
    • Also includes: $49.99 activation fee waiver online and tablet offer.

      Lowest Triple Play Price

      • Price: 84.95/Mo for 24 months
      • Internet: up to 50 Mbps
      • TV: 245+ channels with free HD
      • Phone: Unlimited calling to U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Plus call over 50 international destinations for only 2¢ a minute from any phone, including your mobile phone.
      • Free: Multi-Room DVR | Speed Upgrade | Smart Router

      Television Service

      • Total Channels: Over 405 channels
      • HD Channels: Over 125 channels
      • Music Channels: 50 Music Choice
      • HBO Cost: $9.99/Mo - Save 50% for 12 months (Regular Price: $19.99/mo)
      • DVR Service Cost: $10.00/Mo
      • Additional Receiver Cost: $25/mo ( Advanced Receiver Service fee)
      • Video on Demand: Yes, View Website

      Television Service

      • Total Channels: Up to 600+
      • HD Channels: Up to 165+
      • Music: 50 Music Choice
      • HBO Cost: $4.95/Mo
      • DVR Cost: Free for 1 year
      • Additional Receiver Cost: Unknown
      • Video on Demand: Yes, Visit Wesbite & Additional charge to view Movies On Demand titles.

      Internet Service

        • 500 Mbps Download – $299.99/Mo
        • 300 Mbps Download – $209.99/Mo
        • 150 Mbps Download – $129.99/Mo
        • 75 Mbps Download – $69.99/Mo†
        • 50 Mbps Download -- $59.99/Mo†
        • 25 Mbps Download – $49.99/Mo†

          Internet Service

          • 101 Mbps - addt'l $55.00/Mo to Optimum Online subscription
          • 50 Mbps - addt'l $4.95/Mo to Optimum Online subscription
          • 15 Mbps - $49.95/Mo

          Phone Service

            • Unlimited Calls – $44.99/Mo
            • Per Minute Plan -- $14.99/Mo
            • Verizon World Plan 300 -- $14.99 /Mo
            • Verizon World Plan 500 -- $19.99 /Mo

              Phone Service

              • Unlimited Calls - $34.95/Mo
              • Add Optimum Voice World Call - $19.95/Mo
              • Additional Line - $14.95/Mo

              Additional Information

              Additional Information

              • Contract Length: Varies based on bundle
              • Technology: Coaxial
              • Additional Fees: On Demand for premium channels are available but for an additional cost.
              • Channel Line Up: Visit Wesbite

              Data based on zip code 34236 as of October 2014

              Data collected October 2014 in 11201 zip code.

              Overview:

              When comparing Verizon FiOS to Cablevision users need to think about more than just price. While Cablevision (Optimum Online) does have a similar service to FiOS when you compare the technology (coaxial cable) that Cablevision runs on, it is no wonder users prefer Verizon FiOS to Cablevision.

              In fact a recent study by the FCC shows that Cablevision's older hardware means that many users have found significantly slower than advertised speeds. If you are choosing between FiOS and Cablevision we suggest you go with FiOS because it runs purely on fiber optic technology. What do fiber optics mean to you? It means you'll get faster internet speeds and crystal clear picture quality because the digital signal isn't compressed. When you choosing between Cablevision and FiOS the choice is clear. Go with Verizon FiOS.

              Provider Availability: Verizon FiOS vs Optium by Cablevision

              One of the biggest elements to consider in your comparison between FiOS and Optimum is whether or not the provider is even available in your area. Below you'll see maps for both FiOS and Optimum.

              Broadband Map

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