Which do You Prefer? Verizon FiOS vs. Cablevision
Verizon FiOS Triple Play
Promotional Offers and Pricing
As of April 2012, Verizon FiOS is offering their Triple Play bundle for just $84.99 a month, for two years, if customers sign an agreement saying they will remain a customer of the service for that period of time. When you order online, you are also eligible to receive $250 cash back in the form of a Visa gift card, and you will get an activation fee waiver, as well as a free wireless router. You will also be eligible to receive HBO and Cinemax for 50% off during the first 12 months. If you do not sign a two year contract, you get a price guarantee for two years, but will pay $5 more a month.
The Triple Play bundle includes more than 200 channels, with more than 50 of them available in HD, depending on your local service area. If you are looking for more options in your television package, it is possible to pay more and upgrade your service to include more channels. All TV service tiers include On Demand programming options.
The Triple Play bundle includes the base Internet speed of 15 Mbps download speed and 5 Mbps upload speed. If you need something faster, you can upgrade the service tier for an additional monthly fee, to receive speeds up to 25 Mbps for both download and upload.
The Triple Play bundle includes unlimited calling to anywhere in the United States, regardless of service tier. This plan does not include free calls to Canada or Puerto Rico.
Want to learn more about FiOS TV and the various other bundle options? Read our New York Verizon FiOS Bundles to learn more.
Cablevision Triple Play
Promotional Offers and Pricing
Cablevison, now an Optimum company, offers their Triple Play bundle for $89.95 per month for one year.
Cablevision does not give a lot of information about what channels are included in their basic bundle, but there is a limited number of HD channels (varying based on service area) included in your plan for free. If you need addition channels, you can add them for an additional fee. On Demand service is also included.
The Cablevision Triple Play bundle includes download speeds of up to 15 Mbps, but their upload speeds are not disclosed. They also offer a service, Boost Plus, for an additional $9.95 a month, which will increase the Internet speed to up to 50 Mbps. Upload speeds with Boost Plus are not disclosed. Boost Plus includes a free wireless router to network multiple Internet devices in your home.
The Cablevision telephone service includes unlimited calling to anywhere in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Verizon FiOS has a larger selection of TV options to include in an upgraded bundle. Their standard bundle offers more channels, and more HD channels.
Cablevision has a larger service area than Verizon FiOS, and with the boost service could in theory provide faster Internet speeds. However, FiOS is typically more consistent overall, providing the same speeds all the time, rather than faster speeds when the network is not loaded with activity, which is likely the case with Cablevision.
For people who only call locations in the United States, both phone plans are comparable. If you need to make a lot of calls to Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico, then the Cablevision plan will be better for you because those calls are also free and unlimited.
Since many companies are competing against one another to get and keep you as a customer, their deals and special promotions are subject to change without notice, and may vary depending on where you are located within their service area. For this reason, we recommend you look at what is provided in your local area to see the most up-to-date offers available to you.