Comparing Fiber Optic Television Providers

How to get the most from your fiber optic TV package

Fiber optic television is a TV service which is delivered to end users over a network of fiber optic cables, which are capable of quickly and reliably transmitting enormous amounts of data. The advantage of fiber optic television is that it is highly reliable and very cost-effective, as it leverages existing telecom network infrastructure to provide service. Major providers of fiber optic TV include Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse.

How to Compare Fiber Optic TV Packages

It's always best to compare fiber optic TV packages side by side, to see what you're getting for your money. Beyond the monthly cost, here are the factors you should take into consideration:

  • Programming. Here, look beyond just the number of channels offered in each package, and consider the nature of the programming. What's included and what isn't? Do you get access to all the entertainment, sports, and specialty channels you want?
  • Bundling. Both Verizon and AT&T allow customers to bundle their fiber optic television services with other telecommunications services, including Internet and landline home telephone services. If you need additional telecom services, you can save some money by bundling everything you need together, and enjoy the added convenience of dealing only with a single monthly bill.
  • Reliability and customer satisfaction. As part of your research, venture online and check out consumer reviews of the various services you're considering. Pay attention to general trends as well as specific comments. Gauge how happy people seem to be with each respective service, and whether or not they feel they're getting value for their money.

Finally, consider the costs of on-demand services. For example, both FiOS and U-verse movies on demand are available, but how much does each provider charge for access to their on-demand libraries? If you anticipate the need to subscribe to on-demand services, you should carefully factor this into the equation to improve the accuracy of your monthly cost estimates.

One thing to bear in mind is that Internet giant Google is also planning a foray into the fiber optic television market. If you haven't yet switched to fiber optic TV, you may want to wait and see how Google positions itself in the market before making a commitment to a service provider.

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