I want to know everything the network and TV providers offer before getting their service. Thus, I’ve gathered information from every source possible and compiled it into this guide.
Figuring out whether Your Fios TV is worth getting includes sorting through these areas:
- The best and worst parts of the plan
- What this plan is
- Who it’s great for
- Your Fios TV channels included
- Add-on purchases
- Where you can use this service
- Versus other Verizon Fios plans
- How it does versus other providers
Keep reading to learn more.
Your Fios TV Pros and Cons
Pros and cons for Your Fios TV include:
- Fiber TV, which means a more stable television experience
- Plenty of add-ons for international, sports, and premium channels
- Still more channels than most other television services
- Not available in many areas
- Can’t use a third-party TV box
- You can only select 5 popular channels, then you get a package of ‘recommended’ channels
What Is Your Fios TV?
Verizon’s Your Fios TV plan is a 100% fiber optic television plan. It has over 125 channels and includes these features:
- One free Verizon cable box rental
- $50 Verizon gift card
- 2-month trial of unlimited streaming on the Fios TV app
The fact that it’s fiber TV means that it only uses fiber optic cables to deliver internet and TV services at the speed of light to your home. Verizon does this by firing these signals to an Optical Network Terminal (ONT).
This terminal converts fiber optic signals to electrical signals your home’s Verizon router and TV box will understand.
Who Is Your Fios TV Best For?
The Your Fios TV plan is best for anyone wanting to access fiber optic television at the lowest price. Meanwhile, it doesn’t require internet bandwidth like streaming services.
You’ll have limits if you solely want this plan for the Fios TV streaming app and have an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. You can only watch 2 simultaneous streams.
Even on the 2-month unlimited free trial.
Once the free unlimited device streaming ends, you’re stuck on streaming on a maximum of 5 devices at once. In-home and on the go.
That’s great for households with less than 5 people who like to watch TV at the same time. But it’s terrible for bigger homes. And you can’t pay extra for the unlimited devices feature.
You’ll have to pay for additional cable boxes to watch Fios TV in over 6 rooms.
Your Fios TV Pricing
Verizon Your Fios TV costs $70 a month without considering other fees and taxes.
But that cost already includes the paperless billing and automatic payments discount. Without these discounts, you’ll need to pay $80 monthly.
I don’t want you to see any surprises on your Verizon Fios TV bill. Here are other charges you’ll find in your bill:
|Fios TV Setup (Activating Existing Outlets)||$99|
|Fios TV Setup (Activating New Outlets)||$160|
|Video Franchise Fee||Varies|
Your Fios TV Channel Lineup
Verizon Your Fios TV allows you to choose 5 of the following channels:
|Animal Planet||1565 or 130|
|Cartoon Network||257 or 1726|
|CBS Sports Network||94|
|CNN||100 or 1541|
|Comedy Central||190 or 1644|
|Discovery Channel||1562 or 120|
|Food Network||1621 or 164|
|Fox News||1543 or 118|
|FX||1504 or 53|
|HGTV||165 or 1622|
|MSNBC||1545 or 103|
|National Geographic Wild||132|
|Nickelodeon||1728 or 754|
|OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network||145 or 1625|
|TBS||1502 or 52|
|TLC||1566 or 139|
|TNT||51 or 1501|
|USA Network||1500 or 50|
After choosing your 5 channels, Verizon will ‘recommend’ a package of 125+ channels for you. Though I couldn’t find any definite sources, I’d imagine you’d get music and local channels [1 PDF link].
So you’d want this plan if you stick to a select group of channels.
Verizon Fios TV Add-ons
Here are some additional purchases you can get for a Verizon Fios TV plan:
|Set-top Box Rental Fee||$12/mo. (first box is free)|
|Set-top Box||$6/mo. per box (3–5 boxes)|
|Multi-room DVR Service (Enhanced)||$20/mo.|
|Multi-room DVR Service (Premium)||$30/mo.|
Keep reading to find more details on each add-on.
Verizon Fios TV gives you access to the following premium channels:
Verizon likes to bundle their premium channels. For 1 channel, you’ll pay $15 monthly. 2 channels adds another $10 monthly. 3 channels adds $5 monthly.
And getting all 5 channels costs $40 a month.
You can choose any channel combination you want for these prices. Though, you may end up paying more for premium channels compared to other television service providers.
You can get these sports packages with any Verizon TV plan:
|Pass Name||* Price||Season|
|NHL Center Ice||$49.99||Half season|
|NBA League Pass||$28.99||Half season|
|MBA Extra Innings||$139.99||Regular season|
|MLB Premium||$139.99||Regular season|
|MLS Direct Kick||NA||NA|
|Fox Soccer Plus||$14.99/mo.||NA|
These are all one-time fees (except Fox Soccer Plus) and can change at a moment’s notice. I recommend checking Verizon’s sports page to see their latest sports lineup.
The Verizon Fios One (and Mini) costs $30 monthly and allows you to record a show in one room, then watch it in another. They also allow you to connect your DVR/set-top boxes using your home’s Wi-Fi.
That means you could get service to a TV in a room without a coaxial port.
What’s the difference between the Mini and the Fios One DVR boxes?
The Fios One acts as the media server. That means it stores your DVR content (up to 200 hours.
The mini acts as the devices you can use to watch your stored content.
International channels give you access to various channels in different languages for a subscription price. These fees vary by the package you choose .
For instance, you’ll pay $24.99/mo if you want Filipino channels. for 2 channels.
If you want Spanish channels from different Spanish-speaking regions (e.g., Spain), you can pay $10 monthly for the first channel you add. Then $5 for each region you add.
Choosing Spain (49 channels) and Peru (50 channels) regions will result in you paying $15 monthly.
Where Is Your Fios TV Available?
You can get Your Fios TV (and other Fios internet and television plans) in the following metropolitan areas:
- Washington DC
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New York City
- Staten Island
- New Jersey
This group of cities and states tells us there’s no chance you’ll have access to Your Fios TV in rural areas. As the technology develops, Verizon may offer this exceptional service to more areas.
They’ll update their information then we can update this post. Check whether Verizon offers Your Fios TV in your area. And don’t take my word for it.
How Does Your Fios TV Compare To Other Plans?
Here’s how the Your Fios TV plan compares to other Verizon TV plans:
|Tier||* Price||Number of Channels||Price Per Channel|
|Your Fios TV||$70/mo.||125+||$0.56|
|Fios TV Test Drive||$70/mo.||425+||NA|
|More Fios TV||$90/mo.||300+||$0.30|
|The Most Fios TV||$110/mo.||425+||$0.25|
|Mundo Total TV||$110/mo.||225+||$0.48|
* You’re seeing Verizon’s Auto Pay discount already. But you can’t see sales and state taxes.
You’ll only want Mundo TV and Total if you need Spanish channels without getting the Spanish region packages.
You’ll want The Most Fios and More Fios plans if you need more channels. Or you’d get the former plan if you want to watch TV on unlimited devices.
Fios TV Test Drive allows you to test The Most Fios’ channel selection.
That leaves us with Your Fios TV versus YouTube TV.
The plan you choose depends on the channels you want. And if you have a lot of available internet bandwidth.
Streaming stuff through YouTube TV will require at least 5 Mbps download speeds for HD series (per device). . And 25 Mbps if you watch 4K on the 4K add-on.
Then, if you have a data cap on your internet plan, you’ll have to monitor your usage.
For instance, if you have a 1 terabyte (TB) cap, your entire home could watch only around 400 hours of accumulated 1080p content.
With YouTube TV you can only watch 3 streams at once. Compare that to Verizon’s 4 streams.
But you have unlimited DVR storage and no additional fees (like the broadcast TV fee).
Your Fios TV vs. The Competition
Here’s how Your Fios TV does against similar competing plans:
|Tier||* Price||Number of Channels||Price Per Channel|
|Hulu + Live TV||$69.99/mo.||75+||$0.93|
* These don’t include sales tax or prices after contracts. But they may include automatic payment discounts.
Your Fios charges the highest rate per channel among traditional television services. But provides the most reliability.
To the areas it supports.
Xfinity’s plans take the torch from Verizon. It’s better for rural areas and has more availability throughout the country.
Spectrum TV has good coverage and decent pricing. It’s a great alternative to Xfinity cable TV. Plus, Spectrum will buy you out of your current TV plan for up to $500.
Why’s Hulu + Live TV on this list?
It offers a lot of value. Despite you paying almost the same amount as Your Fios, you won’t have to pay for fees like:
- Regional sports fee
- Broadcast TV fee
- Cable box rental fee
- DVR: it has unlimited DVR storage
That can save you at least $20 monthly on your TV bill. Plus, you’ll get popular channels like Cartoon Network and National Geographic. AND access to Hulu’s entire streaming library.
So you can watch new episodes of Rick and Morty.
You’ll also get Disney+ and ESPN+ with this ‘bundle.’ And if you want, you can get sports, Spanish, and premium channel add-ons.
It’s a great alternative to cable and satellite TV. But it doesn’t have close to as many channels as fiber television. Meanwhile, you’re using internet data to stream Hulu’s content.
If you have a data cap, you’ll eat through that quickly.
Choose Your Fios TV for more channels and no internet usage. Go with Hulu + Live TV for saving money and accessibility. Neither requires contracts.
Thus, you’ll have an easier time transferring to a new provider later.
And pick Xfinity if you’re in a rural area and don’t have access to decent internet plans (for streaming services).
FAQ: Your Fios TV
The following sections will cover frequently asked questions about Verizon’s lowest television tier.
Does Fios TV Have Contracts?
Fios TV doesn’t force contracts onto their customers.
Verizon Your Fios TV sits at the border of traditional and modern television services. It bypasses weak reliability other services have (e.g., weather interference), but it’s restricted by the limitations of service availability.
If you’re in an area that supports Your Fios TV, and have the extra income, it’s an excellent plan to try.
Learn more about Fios TV in general (and their other plans) by checking out this piece.