A Close Look at Comcast Xfinity Vs Verizon FiOS
When it comes to the competition for home entertainment and internet connectivity services, 2 leaders in the industry seem to stand out above the rest. Comcast Xfinity and Verizon FiOS each offer a bundle of exceptional services available for one set price to keep any home alive with the latest in broadcast entertainment and superfast internet connectivity including convenient landline phone service.
These 2 services continue to grow in popularity while in a tight race to be on top in their industry, offering lighting fast internet speed, and a large variety of popular channels available at the lowest possible prices. With each making the claim of being the best offer available, we will do a comparison to examine which features will reveal if one service has an edge over the other. Having enjoyed countless hours using both Comcast Xfinity and Verizon FiOS, I experienced the good and “not so good” of both services. My experience brought me to my ultimate conclusion. While I found both services to be among the best in entertainment and convenience, there are differences you may want to consider before signing up for either.
Web vs. TV
If you consider the internet your “cream of the crop” in entertainment services then you should go with Verizon FiOS for its faster internet connectivity. For those who are big online gamers, YouTube and Netflix addicts or work a job online from home, Verizon FiOS will not disappoint you with it’s lightning fast internet speed. Those who love the “on demand” trend of watching television online will find FiOS to be exceptional service. Maybe you are not a big fan of the internet form of entertainment, but more enjoy the old fashioned television and movie experience kicked back in a recliner with your feet up and the remote in one hand and your favorite drink in the other. If you even halfway match this scenario, then you will very likely enjoy being a Comcast Xfinity user more than FiOS. For those who are not a big computer user and find they spend less than 2 hours a day online then I would highly recommend going with Comcast. If you consider yourself a TV watching couch potato, yet are one of those people who still likes to experience the technology during your daily TV escapade, then you will love Comcast Xfinity with it’s X1 control box delivering a high-tech interactive viewing experience.
While Verizon FiOS does have a newer version of their television box with better technology available, It still has some catching up to do with the advancements offered by Comcast. The Comcast Xfinity X1 television box has more of the in demand features and conveniences that big TV watchers love. Many users still enjoy the idea of relaxing in front of the big screen with a remote capable of bringing all the entertainment they want with the push of a button. Comcast’s X1 box is a winner in popularity among big TV watchers.
Verizon FiOS has superior technology mainly geared toward it’s internet speed and reliability. With speeds of 500 mbps, the speed of Verizon FiOS is unmatched in today’s internet technology market for consumers. The advantage of it’s faster speed is achieved mainly due to the use of fiber optic networking. Statistics show the speed can even go beyond 500mbps for some customers. Streaming video and online gaming is taken to a whole new level with FiOS. Even Verizon’s 150mbps plan has claims of being faster than Comcast Xfinity’s internet speed. With Verizon FiOS upload speeds have been reported to be approximately 30 times faster than Comcast. Undoubtedly, if you are a big user of the web and one of the people lucky enough to live in an area where Verizon FiOS is currently available, then this one is a winner for you. Comcast Xfinity cannot really compare to FiOS when it comes to internet speed. However, with signals sent using coaxial cable networking it can be considered as good as any other current high-speed internet cable provider. Having speeds up to 150 mbps, Comcast is still a big player for many users in today’s high-speed internet market. The ratings for Comcast show the speed is typically at or just below 150 mbps for the majority of users. For all but the most extreme web users, Comcast Xfinity will deliver satisfactory results for most common web applications.
With Verizon FiOS being superior for gamers and streaming television lovers alike, the down side is the limited availability. The very thing that makes FiOS supreme with speed also is the bit of technology that makes it less available at this time. The fiber optic technology is far faster and superior than standard copper networking cable. Unfortunately, for that reason fiber optic networking cable is much lower in availability nationwide. The good news is that popularity is growing as the demand for faster technology increases, causing it to be installed in more regions of the country. Technology experts predict tremendous growth of networks using fiber optic cable over the next decade.
For many families of today, cost is a large factor in deciding which service plan is best for their household. Verizon FiOS is a little more expensive mainly due to the impressive internet speed available. While Comcast Xfinity can be somewhat less expensive, there are variations of bundle packages available from both companies close to the same price. Therefore the cost can vary and you may find a plan that matches what you need which is very close to the same amount with either service.
After considering the features, technology and benefits of each service, I believe Verizon FiOS is the better service. One leading reason is the superior internet speed. Today, many more forms of entertainment are now being streamed online than ever before. This is a trend that will likely increase even more in the near future. Therefore having a far superior internet speed with Verizon FiOS will have you ready for what comes in the way of online entertainment and web service both now and into the future.
In our world of today, the technology vastly changes how we live. Everything including the way we communicate, share information and enjoy entertainment is affected. Having the best internet speed and reliability is more than just a popular trend, it is the wave of the future.