3 Things I Learned About Verizon FIOS vs Direct TV

I have switched a few times between cable services. I appreciate Verizon FIOS. I valued Direct TV. Its been 6 years since I first wrote an article about Verizon FIOS and why I switched. In my experiences, here is what I’ve learned. But before I make my statement, I state this to be clear. I’m not blogging about this to make money. I’m blogging about this because broadband has been a challenge. With that challenge, I know others have that same issue to address. I write this to help others with my experience and in an effort to have them benefit from my challenges.

3 Things I Learned About Verizon FIOS vs Direct TV:

Verizon Wants Your Business

Verizon FIOS was always aggressive to me. They were constantly digging line years ago. I experienced them interrupting services of other providers. I’ve also seen Verizon damage water lines to homes that didn’t use Verizon services in an effort to prepare the Verizon lines. 6 years later, Verizon has to compete with Xfinity, and Direct TV. Verizon offers:
  • $300 or No Contract for $89 a month for FIOS only
  • $500 or No Contract for the $189 Triple play
  • $99 a month Triple play contract

The big picture is Verizon wants your business. I know that Direct TV on a basic level was about $75 a month. Verizon without anything special was in that ballpark. With the addition of cable special channels, the price reaches $89 a month. As a whole Direct TV is cheaper.


FIOS HD Has A Really Clear Picture

FIOS has a better image than Direct TV. That said, FIOS has an apparent advantage because they are using a hardwired underground fiber optic network. Mind you, I like Direct TV. I think it has a comfortable sensible process. FIOS offers $100 for those whom can do self installation. Self installation is complicated. Even though I am technically savvy and home improvement proficient, I was clueless on installing FIOS. The fact remains FIOS give more channels and a better picture for a similar price to Direct TV. But to Direct TV’s credit, they have great customer service and a simple installation process. They do not have a poor quality picture. Direct TV’s picture just pales in comparison to HD FIOS even on a standard TV.


Verizon Require an HD Box For Menu

This FIOS point is annoying. It bothers me that you must have an HD Digital box to get a menu. You can get a receiver for half the price of a digital box. But to get and see a menu, you must get a digital HD box. With Direct TV the standard boxes have menus. The FIOS process give menus only to the HD box. The point, when FIOS digital receiver is on a TV you must either know the channel you are searching for or scroll the channel manually. I’m not a big TV guy, so I don’t know many channels. If I’m adding a new box then it’s a challenge to guess / learn the channels, and set up a new digital receiver without a menu.

One more point in the 3 Things I learned about Verizon FIOS VS Direct TV: Speed of FIOS

But one key point of the internet is that FIOS internet is offered by Direct TV and Verizon through Verizon. There is not real comparison of the Verizon vs Verizon services. So the only point of reference is the quality of the digital TV vs satellite TV. The most relevant part to me is the speed of FIOS internet. I’m amazed how much faster the internet goes now than it did 6 years ago. 6 years ago I worked with an HP system that had less than 1 gig of RAM and roughly 166 mghz as a hard drive. Today, I’m operating on an HP with 6 gigs of RAM and a 1 terabyte hard drive. At this point its imperative to have the ability to operate quickly and efficiently online.

I hope this gives some details to the point of what I learned from FIOS switching from Direct TV.

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10 Comments to "3 Things I Learned About Verizon FIOS vs Direct TV"

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  2. George says:

    Anyone know the cost of direct tv with 3 tvs and the genie dvr ? A round # would be good – thanks

    • CashFlowsToo says:

      I know the cost of direct TV with 3 TV’s was under 200. The Genie DVR prices I’m not to certain of, though I can not imagine its more than 40 bucks a month.

      • Jim Naeve says:

        I currently am evaluating DirecTV vs FiOS. I currently have FiOS Internet Only – have had this for more than a decade. My current plan costs me about $90 a month for just Internet access which frankly is costly but a necessary evil due to my need for speed ;) With DirecTV, I currently have 2-HD DVR’s, 1-Standard DVR and one basic receiver (4-TV’s in all) and have no premium channels but the “extended” HD plan and pay $120 per month.

        Between the two of them, thats over $210 a month but just now looked at my Verizon FiOS offers and see that I can get their “290+ Channels 75-HD w/Internet 75/35 plan” for $120 per month. To me, thats aggressive and appealing but my last experience with Verizon FiOS TV was horrible (around 2007). I assume its gotten better but I have to say, that my run with DirecTV which began in 2001 has been outstanding and even though I’ve tried DISH and FiOS TV, I seemed to default back to DirecTV due to quality of product and customer service.

        Has your experience of FiOS TV been that good that DirecTV’s product isn’t worth the expense any longer?

        Would appreciate your views on this scenario.


        • Monty says:

          Ironically, the way I got FIOS now was through Direct TV. They offered a package of services for FIOS at a tremendous discount in connection with keeping direct tv for the internet. The cost for TV and cable was less than 120 a month with hi speed internet access.

          3 TV’s (1 HD TV)
          Apple TV
          2 Apple Computers
          2 Ipads
          4 Apple Phones
          1 HP Computer
          HP Wireless Printer
          2 Terabyte External Hard Drive

          No issues with the signal.
          I switched to full FIOS, with a cost of roughly 175 a month for:

          1) TV (Basic Cable)
          2) Internet
          3) Phone

          I hate to say it, but I regret it. FIOS customer service is horrible. I have had the same wifi issues as many of my friends and they normally have no way to fix it after 6 PM. In fact they always ask the same thing:

          1) Did you system loose power
          2) Can you reset the box
          3) Are all the wire properly connected

          After going through that process, I’ve seen 5 people from Verizon come out and offer to fix service. 4 for the 5 fixed services, 1 broke the system. They had to come back out the next day to repair it. Out of the course of a 30 day period they had issues constantly. In addition, they gave me a window of one appointment from 8 AM – 12 Noon. They didn’t call until 3 PM and showed up at 3:30 PM. I’ve debated on calling the better business bureau because they did this as jacked up my bill. I’m not happy with FIOS in the least bit.

  3. George says:

    Actually the triple play package is what I’m looking into with verizon

    • CashFlowsToo says:

      The triple play package is a good package. I have seen value in it beyond just the offering. The fact that you have a land land set you apart from many consumers whom just have mobile devices. It give you a look and feel of stability.

  4. Beth says:

    I’m considering switching from Verizon Fios to Direct TV. I love Verizon Fios and haven’t had any problems with them, but they are rather expensive. I would be keeping internet service and switching to Direct TV with a 2 year contract that offers a much less expensive package for the first year and a little less expensive package after that. Verizon service and the HD picture is terrific, but Direct TV offers some nice features that Verizon doesn’t. Will I regret switching due to picture quality? I can still back out.

    • Monty says:

      I’m not certain if you switch yet. I’d love to know what you find with Direct TV.

      My experiences were


      1) Direct TV had issues with the signal but not exactly the picture quality;
      2) With Direct TV I learned that if its not facing the right way the sun will burn it;
      3) In general, heavy sun, torrential rain, or heavy snow you will have an issue.


      1) Cost was great;
      2) Picture quality was decent (not better than FIOS) but not much worse;
      3) Bill didn’t have a contract with an intro rate of roughly $30 a month

      The FIOS Bungles… I mean bundles have failed me 6 times in the last month alone.

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