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Consider Xfinity if you're going for the cheapest price, but Verizon FiOS is almost always the better choice due to the dramatically higher fiber download/upload speeds and a strong roster of HD TV packages.

Though both Xfinity and Verizon FiOS offer comprehensive TV and internet service, there are some key differences to be aware of.

Comcast Xfinity wins out in terms of budget pricing and has a much more extensive on-demand library when compared to FiOS. (Thanks mostly to their new X1 “smart TV” platform.) Get them if you just need basic, “okay” Internet and TV as cheap as possible.

Verizon FiOS offers faster Internet speeds and more premium HD channels and beats out Xfinity for mid-range and top-shelf service tiers. They also don't use data caps, which means you can stream on Netflix as much as you want. (Xfinity currently caps at 1 TB.) Get FiOS if you can afford the extra $20+/month for fiber service.

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Below, I'll get into more details about their respective networks, bundled features, and TV packages.

Xfinity Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Lower prices
  • Great bundle deals
  • Included DVR service

Cons

  • Slower internet speeds
  • Fewer premium options
  • Mixed customer reviews

I'll be upfront and say that Verizon FiOS generally provides more comprehensive service, but that service comes at a price. However, Xfinity still does a decent job and often at much lower prices than Verizon.

Bundling TV and Internet together saves you even more, and really gives the service a serious financial advantage over Verizon FiOS.

With that said, the internet speed is undeniably slower, TV service features fewer channels, and customer reviews on the provider skew negative.

Verizon FiOS Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Faster internet
  • More premium tier plans
  • Unlimited data caps

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Lower geographic availability
  • Less impressive equipment

Verizon comes out on top when it comes to the selection of features available. If you’re willing to spend the money, there are a lot more options available with Verizon FiOS for high-tier packages than there are for Xfinity. This is particularly true for Verizon's TV packages.

Add to that the blazing fast internet speeds with unlimited data, and it’s easy to see why Verizon would be a great pick for an internet and TV provider.

Keep in mind, however, that the service is relatively expensive and hasn’t been rolled out nationwide. The DVR service is also pretty basic when compared to the offerings of Xfinity.

Network Internet and TV Coverage Comparison

There are some major differences between the ways that Xfinity and Verizon FiOS provide their content.

In most locations, Xfinity provides their internet service through Cable. Cable service utilizes the TV lines to bring internet into the home and has generally been regarded as a fast and reliable option for internet access.

With that said, Verizon FiOS outclasses Xfinity in most cases with their extensive fiber network. “FiOS” stands for fiber optics, a cutting-edge technology that provides some of the fastest internet on the market.

Fiber cables use cords consisting of thin strands of glass or plastic. Information is sent in the form of light or “optics” and is transmitted over the strands at speeds far faster than cable.

The drawback of fiber is the fact that it’s exorbitantly expensive to install. Verizon generally serves fewer areas than Xfinity due to the sheer cost of rolling out fiber nationwide.

Still, if you’re in an area with FiOS, there’s no denying that the maximum speeds will be faster than cable.

Xfinity vs Verizon FiOS Internet Performance

Below is a quick list of some of the specifications of each provider’s internet service. Keep in mind that availability may vary based on your geographic location.

Verizon FiOS

  • 30 Mbps FiOS Internet – Speeds of up to 30 Mbps download, 30 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data
  • 100 Mbps FiOS Internet – Speeds of up to 30 Mbps download, 30 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data
    – Speeds of up to 100 Mbps download, 100 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data
  • 150 Mbps FiOS Internet – Speeds of up to 30 Mbps download, 30 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data
    – Speeds of up to 150 Mbps download, 150 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data
  • 300 Mbps FiOS Internet – Speeds of up to 30 Mbps download, 30 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data
    – Speeds of up to 300 Mbps download, 300 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data

Xfinity

  • Performance Starter – Speeds of up to 10 Mbps download, 2 Mbps upload, and a 1 TB data cap
  • Performance 25 – Speeds of up to 25 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload, and a 1 TB data cap
  • Performance Pro – Speeds of up to 75 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload, and a 1 TB data cap
  • Blast! Pro – Speeds of up to 200 Mbps download, 10 Mbps upload, and a 1 TB data cap
  • Gigabit – Speeds of up to 1 Gbps download, 35 Mbps upload, and Unlimited data

Bundled Services

Both providers offer double and triple play options to combine TV, internet, and landline service. Generally, Xfinity has the better package deals.

If you’re comfortable with slightly less fully-featured service and want to save some money, a bundle from Comcast will serve you well.

Xfinity vs Verizon FiOS TV Service

Xfinity

  • Extensive on-demand content
  • Xfinity Stream app for mobile viewing
  • X1 Voice Remote
  • Netflix Integration
  • Use your TV to manage your WiFi network
  • HD channel support

Verizon FiOS

  • Manage DVR recordings remotely
  • Custom TV packages
  • Over 560 channels with premium plans
  • Support for HD channels
  • Watch content on the go with FiOS Mobile

The Xfinity TV service offers more convenient features, but falls behind in the actual channel lineup. But when you consider that Xfinity packages are usually cheaper, it’s possible that the provider pulls ahead of FiOS when looking just at TV.

Sports Packages

Xfinity

  • Track scores from multiple games all in one place just using your Xfinity DVR
  • Package options supporting your favorite sports like the NFL, MLB, NBA, College Football, Soccer, NASCAR, NHL, Golf, and more
  • A la Carte options allow you to pick and choose different networks in addition to a general sports package

Verizon FiOS

  • SportsPass provides access to extreme sports, recreational activities, and exclusive coverage of tennis, football, soccer, college, Olympic, and outdoor sports.
  • Package options for your favorite sports like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and Soccer.
  • All packages available A la Carte for maximum customizability.

Both providers offer similar options for sports packages, but Xfinity pulls ahead with the X1 DVR integration. Being able to track multiple games from your TV is a big benefit that gives the company an advantage in the sports arena.

Equipment

An X1 DVR from Xfinity is generally available with every plan for just a low monthly fee, while prices are higher for DVR service with Verizon.

Both providers offer rented equipment for an additional monthly fee. For Xfinity, it’s also possible to buy your own modem and use that in lieu of paying extra each month. This may be a good option for those who want to save money in the long run with an initial investment.

While it’s technically possible to buy your own gear for Verizon, it’s not recommended unless you have some serious technical know-how. Verizon uses an Optical Network Terminal rather than a regular modem, and there’s a lot of steps involved in getting it to work with your own equipment.

In general, you’re going to be better off using Verizon’s equipment. This is a reasonable tradeoff, however, considering you’re going to generally get faster internet.

Xfinity Key Advantage: Great Bundles and Better Equipment

Xfinity shines in the great deals it offers customers with bundled services. As this article focuses on both TV and Internet, I feel that Comcast offers a good combination of features at a lower price than Verizon FiOS.

The X1 DVR is also more advanced than offerings from Verizon, and is available cheaper for the majority of plans.

Verizon FiOS Key Advantage: Fast Internet and Premium Service

If you’re looking for the best of the best, Verizon FiOS is probably the right choice. While more expensive than Xfinity, the selection of channels with TV service and the blazing speeds of their internet more than make up for the additional cost.

Outside of a strict budget situation, Verizon FiOS will be the better buy almost every time.

Equipment and Installation Considerations

Installation for both companies is pretty similar and consists largely of simply hooking up your equipment.

There’s an installation fee of around $50–90 for both Xfinity and Verizon FiOS, but this fee is waived with a contract – provided you’re comfortable handling the basic equipment on your own.

Overall, installation is easy and around the same price. There’s no significant distinction between the two companies in this regard.

Our Top Pick: Verizon FiOS, for Excellent Internet and More Fully-Featured Services

Xfinity is the cheaper option, but Verizon FiOS is definitely worth the additional cost. With internet speeds that are significantly faster than Xfinity, Verizon is a solid choice for the increasing population of cord-cutters who rely on a fast connection for their streaming needs.

FiOS isn’t available in as many locations as Xfinity, but in areas where they compete, Verizon will generally be the winner.

With that said, the quality and affordability of each service vary based on where you’re located, so be sure to confirm the speeds and return policy before you sign up.

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