Verizon Fios vs Cablevision (Optimum) 2017

Updated for 2017:

FIOS continues to outperform Cablevision in our most important metrics: speed and reliability. The main difference between Cablevision and FIOS continues to be Cablevision’s reliance on coax cable and FIOS utilizing fiber optic cable directly to the home.

Verizon FIOS vs Optimum

Cablevision comparison


If you are thinking about making a choice between these two providers, this article is going to be perfect for you. Now both providers are really good. It all just depends on what your needs are.

Before I go on, allow me to illustrate one major point. You will need to check out which of these packages are available in your area. The best thing to do is to call each of these providers first. If a phone is not available, then go online. Type in your zip code. This will give you some idea as to what your options are right now.

Have you made the call yet?

Okay, now let’s get to the reason why we are all here…..


The biggest difference between the two is the technology behind each one. Let’s begin this content by discussing the various categories.


Fios uses a fiber-optic technology. This is delivered directly right to your home. It’s more efficient way of doing things when it comes to the streaming and picture quality.┬áThe picture will come in more of a high-definition quality. This is good for those who have the flat screens and HDTV screens.

Cablevision uses a bit of old school technology. It still has the cable technology, but it’s more related to how things were a few years back. It loses the efficiency when it comes to the streaming. You also won’t get the high-definition quality that you get from the other. If this is okay with you, then you might just like this option.


Another difference lies in the fibers themselves. When you use the fiber-optics, you have to lay each one down. This tends to be a very pricey way of doing things. It’s also a time-consuming way of doing things. Fios customers tend to pay about $10 more each month for their services. The company feels the price makes up for the time it takes to lay everything down. Is this the right way to go? This again is up to you to decide. The provider feels the price makes up for the great technology you will be getting from this.

Cablevision is good, but it’s slower for example than a service like Verizon FIOS. It’s more of an outdated way of doing things. This is not to say it’s bad. The only thing I will say that it’s more prone to having issues. The connections might not come as quickly, as would they come with the Verizon Fios service. This might also cause difficulties if you are running an internet connection. The connections might not be that great. With the Verizon Fios one, you will never have this issue. But again, it comes at the expensive price packaging.


Each provider has their own way of handling the packaging. You might score well during the holiday seasons. The holidays are great for entertaining. Call them up right now. The holidays are fast approaching. Both Fios and Cablevision have deals going that are not going to be advertised.

Now some of the Verizon FIOS deals might come with extras. It’s up to you which extras are important to you. Special channels are part of the extras. Now if you like just the basics and can get by with those channels, the Cablevision might be good for you. The choice is yours.

If you can’t get by without all the channels, you might have to pay extra. The only thing you have to keep in mind with this is the price increase. Will your price increase after the holiday season? Find out from both Fios and Cablevision where they stand on this one. Providers will not always advertise this stuff.


I know I covered this briefly above, but I’m going to get more in depth with it here. Fios will give you a better picture. No one can dispute this. Cablevision will give you more channels though. This is going to be perfect fro those who really love their t.v. The best advice I can give here is to call both companies. Find out where they both stand on this one.

DVRs generally will cost a bit extra. Who charges more? That all depends. Sometimes Fios will charge you more for your DVR. Sometimes it’s Cablevision that will gauge you on the price.

It’s worth noting here, Fios will allow you to stream 4k in a totally reliable way. If streaming is your thing, you will want to consider this. Look at all your options with this one. Do not just sign on the dotted line because the price looks good. There is more to it than the price or installation fees.

Verizon FIOS vs Cablevision SUMMING IT ALL UP

Each provider has their own pros and cons. It all depends on what you are after. Do yourself a favor and call them up. It’s best to make a call before and after your search, even before/after this article. Follow the links below to check out their sites. Bring your checklist. As each question gets answered, make a mental check on each focal point. After each call, you should have a good idea of which direction to take. Good luck!

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