Verizon Fios TV Review: Plans and Prices
Verizon’s Fios TV offers a lot of channels (and flexibility) for your buck.
Verizon Fios TV at a glance
Verizon Fios TV isn’t cable or satellite—it’s carried over fiber-optic internet. It’s technically a streaming TV service, even if it’s not packaged like Sling TV or Hulu + Live TV.
On the upside, this gives you more channel flexibility (Verizon Fios TV offers a plan that lets you choose your own channel lineup). Also, better video quality (cable and satellite signals degrade over a distance; fiber-optic signals don’t).
On the downside, Verizon Fios TV is available in only nine eastern US states currently, and it still includes an antiquated piece of cable/satellite hardware in its otherwise tech-forward delivery system: the monthly-rental physical receiver/DVR (as opposed to streaming’s virtual cloud DVR).
But if you’re in the right ZIP code to take advantage of it, Verizon Fios TV is still an excellent—and relatively inexpensive—TV service.
- Inexpensive pricing
- Large channel counts
- Excellent picture quality
- Limited availability
- Limited package choices
- DVR rental fees
Best Verizon Fios TV packages
|Best splurge TV package|
The Most Fios TV
|Best budget TV package|
Your Fios TV
*Plus taxes. For eligible new res. custs. $99 set-up & taxes & terms may apply. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit. Fios avail. in select areas. Data as of [POST DATE]. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Verizon Fios TV doesn’t offer a wide range of packages, but the few it does provide make sense—who wants to spend hours studying channel lineups to make sure you get the one you want? If you don’t work at a TV reviews site, that is.
For power-viewers who need every channel at their disposal, The Most Fios TV package does it all and then some. You won’t find a cable or satellite package that gives you over 425 channels at just $90 a month. You can also try out this power package free for 60 days, which is pretty sweet.
For less-demanding TV watchers, Verizon’s Your Fios TV is a cool idea: You choose five of your favorite cable channels, and then Verizon will build you a channel lineup (including all local channels) of 120 others based on your picks for just $50 a month.
Pretty sweet, even though a required set-top box ($12 a month) and an optional DVR (starting at $12 a month) aren’t included in Fios TV prices.
Verizon Fios TV packages and pricing
Verizon Fios TV plans
*Plus taxes. For eligible new res. custs. $99 set-up & taxes & terms may apply. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit. Fios avail. in select areas. Data effective as of [POST DATE]. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Verizon Fios TV’s middle package, More Fios TV, is a slimmer version of The Most Fios TV for $20 less. Not a huge savings there, especially considering that the More Fios TV price also doesn’t include a DVR (a standard 50-hour DVR is included with The Most package).
Verizon Fios TV DVR pricing:
- Standard DVR (50 hrs. storage; records 2 channels simultaneously): $12/mo.
- Enhanced DVR (100 hrs. storage; records 6 channels simultaneously): $20/mo.
- Premium DVR (200 hrs. storage; records 12 channels simultaneously): $30/mo.
Data as of [POST DATE]. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
We would have liked a cloud DVR (like livestreaming TV services use); physical DVRs are pretty old-school in 2020. Also, The Most Fios TV and More Fios TV lineups both include about 50 Music Choice audio channels, which artificially inflate the overall count (boo).
Verizon Fios TV + internet packages
|Package||Price*||Channel count||Download speeds up to|
|The Most Fios TV + Fios Home Internet 200 Mbps||$129.99/mo.||425+||200 Mbps|
|The Most Fios TV + Fios Home Internet 400 Mbps||$149.99/mo.||425+||400 Mbps|
|The Most Fios TV + Gigabit Connection||$169.99/mo.||425+||940 Mbps|
|More Fios TV + Fios Home Internet 200 Mbps||$109.99/mo.||300+||200 Mbps|
|More Fios TV + Fios Home Internet 400 Mbps||$129.99/mo.||300+||400 Mbps|
|More Fios TV + Gigabit Connection||$149.99/mo.||300+||940 Mbps|
|Your Fios TV + Fios Home Internet 200 Mbps||$89.99/mo.||125+||200 Mbps|
|Your Fios TV + Fios Home Internet 400 Mbps||$109.99/mo.||125+||400 Mbps|
|Your Fios TV + Gigabit Connection||$129.99/mo.||125+||940 Mbps|
*w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip charges. For new eligible TV and/or Internet res. custs. Availability varies. Wired & wireless Internet speeds vary due to device limits, multiple users, network & other factors. See Verizon.com/yourspeed for more info. $15/mo. router and $99 setup charges & other taxes & terms may apply. Auto Pay (ACH or bank debit card only) & paper-free billing req’d. for Internet service. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit. Fios TV: $12/mo. STB charge may apply. Data effective as of [POST DATE]. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Since Verizon Fios TV is internet-based, it requires an internet connection—though you can get Fios TV as a standalone service. The TV receiver would have access to internet data to operate, but you wouldn’t be able use it as a standard internet connection. But why wouldn’t you want internet service? Exactly.
Verizon Fios promotions and deals
Verizon Fios TV will let you try out its 425+ channel Most Fios TV package for 60 days for free. During this plainly-named Test Drive, Verizon will analyze your viewing habits and recommend a package—which might even be the lower-cost More Fios TV if you watch only a few channels.
Data as of 04/06/20.
Our final take on Verizon Fios TV
We like that Verizon Fios TV gives you a hefty channel count at a decent price point, and the flexibility of its Your TV package is great, too. Did we mention that you can change the Your TV channel lineup from month to month? That’s cool.
What’s not cool is Verizon Fios TV’s reliance on old cable staples like lineup-stuffing music channels and physical DVRs. It’s 2020—Spotify and cloud DVRs are very much a thing. We would have liked Verizon Fios TV to fully dedicate itself to the livestreaming TV model; it’s just simpler, and puts less hardware on your entertainment center.
Still, we’d rate it better than most cable and satellite services out there. If you’re getting Verizon Fios internet, its TV service is a solid addition.
Verizon Fios TV FAQ
Can I watch Verizon Fios TV on mobile devices?
Through the Verizon Fios TV app (iOS and Android), you can watch recorded content, on-demand purchases, and downloads. If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, mobile streaming won’t be counted against your data allowance.
Does Verizon Fios TV offer add-on channel packages?
You can add premium packages from HBO®, CINEMAX®, SHOWTIME®, STARZ®, and EPIX® to Fios TV, which offers a unique discount plan: Get one for $15 a month, two for $25 a month, three for $30 a month, or all five for $40 a month (a savings of $35 a month).
Verizon Fios TV also offers nine international-language packages, ranging from Spanish to French ($11.99 to $37.99 a month), and six sports add-ons: FOX Soccer Plus, MLB Extra Innings, MLB.tv Premium, MLS Direct Kick, NHL Center Ice, and NBA League Pass ($14.99 a month to $200 per regular season).
Does the Verizon Fios TV DVR/receiver include streaming apps?
The Fios TV One DVR/receiver features built-in Netflix and YouTube streaming apps. The TV One device can also be configured for Multi-Room DVR Enhanced (up to five TVs) or Premium (up to 10 TVs) service. Also included: a voice-controlled remote.