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What is fiber TV?

When we discuss fiber TV, we’re referring to television delivered through fiber-optic cables. Protected by several layers of coatings, bundles of fiber-optic cables deliver data via infrared light. These cables are made of optical fibers, which are essentially hundreds or thousands of hair-thin strands. The strands are made of plastic for short-range communication and flexible glass for long-range communication.

So what does all that technical jargon mean for you? If you live in one of the heavily populated areas where television providers have installed fiber-optic networks, it could mean state-of-the-art television.

Because infrared light zooms through the optical fibers at the speed of light through glass (somewhat less than the speed of light through a vacuum, but still like something out of a science-fiction novel), it creates incredible broadband capacity. This means it’s easy to deliver more channels, a clearer picture, and higher-fidelity sound that cable and satellite simply aren’t capable of. And since fiber sends data in a digital form, it doesn’t need to be translated from the analog data most other networks use. That means nothing gets lost in digital translation, so you can have the highest-definition experience possible.

Which providers offer fiber TV?

There are four providers that currently offer fiber television: Verizon, AT&T, Frontier, and CenturyLink. We’ve compared them in a handy chart for you below. Prices can vary widely based on the number of channels you subscribe to and if you bundle with an internet plan. We’ll also highlight each provider’s most notable TV and bundle packages.

Customer SatisfactionPrice per MonthChannelsDVRNotable FeatureView Plans
Verizon Fios3.63/5$64.99– $89.99435+Multi-Room DVRCustom TV Packages
AT&T U-Verse3.34/5$50– $125580+Total Home DVRSEC ESPN Network
Frontier2.98/5$75.99–$97.99400+VariesVaries HBO® included for two years
CenturyLink Prism2.66/5$69.99–$124.99340+Whole Home DVRFree Standard Professional Installation
Verizon Fios
Customer Satisfaction3.63/5
Price per Month$64.99– $89.99
Channels435+
DVRMulti-Room DVR
Notable FeatureCustom TV Packages
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AT&T U-Verse
Customer Satisfaction3.34/5
Price per Month$50– $125
Channels580+
DVRTotal Home DVR
Notable FeatureSEC ESPN Network
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Frontier
Customer Satisfaction2.98/5
Price per Month$75.99–$97.99
Channels400+
DVRVaries
Notable FeatureVaries HBO® included for two years
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CenturyLink Prism
Customer Satisfaction2.66/5
Price per Month$69.99–$124.99
Channels340+
DVRWhole Home DVR
Notable FeatureFree Standard Professional Installation
View Plans

Which fiber TV providers are available in your area?

If you want to know exactly what your provider options are, some websites will make you commit with your full address before they let you know what providers you can choose from—but not CableTV.com!

You can see your provider choices by simply entering your zip code.

Fiber TV Plans and Bundles

While each of the TV providers above offers a variety of plans, we’ve highlighted two plans from each provider to give you a quick look at each service. Along with one of the most popular TV plans for each provider, we’ve also included a bundle package option for your convenience.

Bundling television, internet, and home phone with one provider will lessen the number of bills you’ll need to track each month and be a good opportunity to save on your services. We recommend it!

Verizon Fios TV Plan and Bundle

Fios Custom TV

From $64.99 per month

for 1 year plus taxes, equipment charges, RSN, and other fees.

Choose from seven channel packages to customize your television experience including:

  • Action & Entertainment
  • Sports & News
  • Kids & Pop
  • News & Variety
  • Infotainment & Drama
  • Lifestyle & Reality
  • Home & Family

Fios Triple Play (with Custom TV)

From $79.99 per month 

for year 1, $84.99 per month for year 2, with 2-year agreement, plus taxes, RSN, FDV, other fees & equipment charges.

Choose from seven channel packages to customize your television experience and enjoy:

  • Internet speeds up to 150 Mbps
  • Unlimited nationwide calling
  • HBO® included for 1 year
  • Multi-room DVR service free for 2 years

AT&T U-Verse TV Plan and Bundle

U-Family

From $50 per month

for 2 years plus taxes, other qualifying service, and other fees.

  • Up to 200 channels
  • Total Home DVR®
  • Local channels
  • Music channels

U-Family + Internet 50 + Phone Unlimited

From $99.99 per month

for 2 years, 1 year TV & internet agreements required, additional fees apply.

  • Over 200 channels
  • Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • Unlimited minutes
  • Unlimited data allowance ($30 value) at no additional charge

Frontier Bundles

FiOS 50/50 + FiOS TV Prime HD

From $55 per month

for 6 months, $80 per month for months 7 through 24 on qualifying new services. Equipment, FDV, and other fees apply.

  • Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps, upload and download
  • Over 240 channels
    • Over 40 HD channels
    • Thousands of free videos on demand
    • HBO® included

FiOS 50/50 + FiOS TV Prime HD + Digital Voice

From $60 per month

for 6 months, $90 per month for months 7 through 24 on qualifying new services. Equipment, FDV, and other fees apply.

  • Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps, upload and download
  • Unlimited local calling
  • Over 240 channels
    • Over 40 HD channels
    • HBO® included
    • Multi-room HD DVR available

CenturyLink Prism TV Plan and Bundle

Prism Essential™

From $69.99 per month

for 1 year plus taxes, other qualifying service, and other fees.

  • Over 140 channels

Prism Essential™ + High-Speed Internet + Home Phone

From $134.99 per month

for 1 year plus taxes, other qualifying service, and other fees.

  • Over 140 channels
  • Internet speeds up to 12 Mbps
  • Unlimited local and nationwide calling

How do I choose the right fiber TV package for me?

Once you’ve seen if any of the top fiber TV providers are in your area, you can narrow down your choices based on your personal tastes and budget. If you decide to bundle your TV service, make sure you’re getting internet speeds fast enough for your needs. And even if you’re not planning on using a home phone, some bundles with phones are actually less expensive than ones without, so you may want to consider it. Now get out there and choose the best fiber plan for you!

See what providers are available in your area by entering your zip code below.