Should You Choose Verizon Fios or DirecTV?

Verizon FiOS and DirecTV Logos

Comparing FiOS vs DirecTV isn't exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, but below you'll see a breakdown of what each company offers along with recommendations of which might be right for you and your family.

Choosing Between Fiber Optics and Satellite

Choosing between fiber optic TV and satellite TV isn't a hard decision. Here are 3 simple categories to help you choose between FiOS DirecTV:

Price Shoppers and Sports Fans — See Below

If you're trying to get the lowest price or hard to get sports channels, then DirecTV is probably for you.

Generally DirecTV has the lowest prices and more sports channels, but before you decide, just make sure to check the latest FiOS deals as sometimes they are cheaper than DirecTV.

The best way to check the plans between providers is to visit the two pages below. (the DirecTV link changes too often, so go to their website and click deals in the navigation)

TV + Internet Shoppers — Choose FiOS

If you're looking for a TV and internet package, then I highly recommend going with Verizon FiOS because their specials typically favor bundling their services.

It's also a no-brainer because DirecTV doesn't specialize in internet service... and they sure don't have the insanely fast connections that FiOS does.

People Who Hate Satellite Dishes — Choose FiOS

While I'm not someone who watches a ton of TV, I'm not a fan of the way satellite dishes look hanging off the outside of my house/condo.

That right there is a deal breaker for me, plus if you live in an area with bad weather you'll be losing your TV connection often, so that's a double whammy in my book.

What I'd Recommend to My Family — Choose FiOS

Just this past week my Aunt called me up and asked me whether it was worth saving $7/mo to get DirecTV over FiOS. My answer was simple, NO.

For a difference of $7/mo it's worth paying for the crystal clear TV that FiOS can provide because it's wired... where DirecTV has to compress their video content more because it's delivered via satellite.

In short, I wanted my Aunt to get the best picture quality for her new big screen and after using FiOS for years, it's worth the few extra bucks for better quality service.

Head to Head Comparison

Verizon Fios


December 2018: discount offer No offer available.

Lowest Triple Play Price

    • Price: $79.99/Mo for 12 months
    • Internet Service: up to 940/880 Mbps
    • TV Service: custom channel packs (includes 40+ in HD)
    • Phone: Unlimited nationwide calling with many calling features including
    • Voice Mail, Caller ID and Call Waiting.

      Lowest Triple Play Price

      No Triple Play Offered Through DirecTV.
      For triple play packages that include Directv service check AT&T DSL and Verizon High Speed Internet

      Television Service

      • Total Channels: Over 420 channels
      • HD Channels: Over 135 channels 
      • Music Channels: 50 Music Choice
      • DVR Service Cost: $12.00/Mo
      • Additional Receiver Cost: $12/mo ( Advanced Receiver Service fee)
      • Video on Demand: Yes

      Television Service

      • Standard Channels: 285+ Channels
      • HD Channels: 195+ Channels
      • Music: Unknown
      • HBO Cost: $17.99 per month -- Free for 3 months
      • DVR Cost: $199.00
      • Additional Receiver Cost: $99
      • Video on Demand: Yes, View Website

      Internet Service

        • 940/880 Mbps – $79.99/Mo
        • 500/500 Mbps – $74.99/Mo
        • 100/100 Mbps -- $39.99/Mo†

          Internet Service

          DIRECTV partners with the top names in the Internet service from AT&T, CenturyLink, Exede, Cincinnati Bell, HughesNet, Windstream, Verizon and Mediacom.

          Satellite internet are also provided through a partnership with WildBlue.

          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

              No Phone Service Provided by DirecTV

              Additional Information

              Additional Information

              • Contract Length:  24-Month Agreement
              • Technology: Satellite
              • Additional Fees: HD Service $4.99/Mo

              Data based on zip code 34236 as of April 2015

              Data collected October 2014 for 78704 zip code.


              Verizon FIOS offers customers the ability to bundle digital telephone, digital cable and broadband services in one affordable bundle, while DirecTV relies on partners to accomplish a comparable feat. The result is that FiOS customers tend to save a lot more than DirecTV customers and DirecTV is at a serious disadvantage when it comes to the total number of channels being offered. DirecTV does, however, boast a comparable number of HD channels, but their broadband service cannot compete with the fiber-fueled FiOS system in terms of speed due to the use of satellite broadband powered by WIldBlue. While satellite access is appealing to some, and opens up huge markets to DirecTV, the service simply cannot compete with FiOS head to head.

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