Verizon Fios TV Service Review 2021
Verizon Fios is a fiber-optic TV service that is speedy and reliable. It also gives you a personalization feature, making it stand out from the rest.
The new personalization process on the Your Fios TV package includes picking your top five channels, and Verizon recommends a channel lineup that’ll be perfect for you. We like the idea of being in control of what we watch, and without an annual contract.
The only real downside is that it’s only available in a few eastern states.
- No annual contracts
- Personalized channel lineup with Your Fios TV
- Fast and reliable fiber-optic network
- Limited availability
- All plans require you to rent Verizon's router
How much does Verizon Fios cost?
Verizon gives you a high channel count so everyone in the family has something to watch. The Your Fios TV plan, for instance, gives you a recommended channel lineup of more than 125 channels, and it’s tailored to your preferences.
More Fios TV and The Most Fios TV plans don’t offer personalization, but you’ll get access to a whopping 300 or 425 channels! (That’s one of the highest channel counts in the TV industry).
For a reasonable price, you can personalize your services with a TV plan, internet service, and home phone line. Who wouldn’t mind the simplicity of one bill?
|Fios TV Test Drive||$56.00/mo.*||425+||View Plan|
|Your Fios TV||$56.00/mo.*||125+||View Plan|
|More Fios TV||$76.00/mo.**||300+||View Plan|
|Fios TV Mundo||$76.00/mo.**||210+||View Plan|
|The Most Fios TV||$96.00/mo.**||425+||View Plan|
|Fios TV Mundo Total||$96.00/mo.**||215+||View Plan|
Data effective 3/25/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* + taxes & equipment charges. For new TV res. custs. $12/mo. STB and $15/mo. router charges apply.
** + taxes
$99 setup & taxes & terms may apply. Subj. to credit approval & may require a deposit. Fios avail. in select areas.
If you want to find out more information about Fios’s internet speeds and which internet plan is the best for you, check out our Verizon Fios internet review.
What’s Fios TV Test Drive?
You can explore 425+ channels for 60 days, then Verizon will recommend the best plan for you. But you can only order this plan if you bundle it with Fios internet.
What’s Your Fios TV?
This is the only plan that is customizable. You can personalize your TV package by picking five of your favorite channels from about 200. Then Verizon recommends a package based on your favorites, and you’ll be able to see a preview of your channel lineup before you order!
And no matter what channels you choose, you’ll still get the major broadcast networks, like ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, MyNet, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision. You can also change your five favorite channels every month, free of charge.
Does Verizon Fios have an annual contract?
Nope. Nada. No annual contract here.
Does Verizon Fios have hidden fees?
Verizon Fios doesn’t have any broadcast or sports fees like most satellite and cable TV services do. But it does have a DVR and Fios router fee (and if you get the Your Fios TV plan, there’s also a set-top box fee) … and that’s it.
So, if you want the Your Fios TV plan and you want the whole shebang along with multi-room DVR service … you’ll have to budget for $47 worth of fees per month. Honestly, it’s hard to get away from fees like this when it comes to a satellite or cable TV company, but Verizon’s fees list is one of the shortest in the industry.
|Step-top box||$12.00/mo. (when you order Your Fios TV plan)|
|Fios router||$15.00/mo. or buy for $300|
|DVR (50-hour HD storage)||$12.00/mo.|
|Multi-room Enhanced DVR (100-hour HD storage)||$20.00/mo.|
Data effective 3/25/2021.
The first set-top box is included in the More Fios TV and The Most Fios TV plans, but not the Your Fios TV plan ($56/month).
Your first set-top box is included in the More and Most Fios TV plans, and the 50-hour DVR storage is included in The Most Fios TV plan.
If you’re living in a full home, the multi-room enhanced DVR service lets you save 100 HD hours or 500 SD hours for up to five TVs. You can also record up to six TV shows or movies at once. No more family conflicts.
You’ll save money if you get three set-top boxes, which will be $24–$30 per month (depending on the plan you choose). Or get four for the family and pay $30–$36 per month. Each set-top box is 4K compatible and comes with a voice remote, so you can easily say “turn on NFL Network”.
As for the router, you’ll get a free router rental if you bundle with Fios’ gigabit internet. If you order internet with less than gigabit speeds or just a TV plan, you’ll have to rent a Fios router for $15 per month or buy it for $300. Purchasing the router will pay off if you plan on keeping Fios internet for at least two years.
And the few last steps at checkout include a few add-ons. You can add security and protection to your internet service:
- Verizon Protect Home: You’ll get 24/7 tech support, and digital security and protection for your Verizon products ($25/mo.)
- Inside Wire Maintenance: Covers repair costs for damaged wiring and jacks ($15/mo.)
You can also choose to add unlimited cloud storage for up to five users to backup your music, videos, and photos on your computer and phone. And Verizon lets you try it out for 30 days before billing you the $20 per month.
Which channels does Your Fios TV have?
Your Fios TV comes with ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, MyNet, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision. Then you get to choose your top five favorite channels, and Fios will recommend a customized channel lineup based on your choices.
Your Fios TV channels you can choose from include the following:
- Animal Planet
- Cartoon Network
- CBS Sports Network
- Comedy Central
- Discovery Channel
- DIY Network
- Food Network
- Fox News
- Hallmark Channel
- National Geographic Channel
- Nat Geo Wild
- NFL Network
- USA Network
You’ll get all of these channels in your More and Most Fios TV plans. We encourage you to check out the full lineups in your area because depending on where you live, you could get close to 600 channels! Now that’s the most channels you can get from any TV provider.
How much are Verizon Fios’ premium channels and add-ons?
When you get the More or Most Fios TV plans, you’ll get a pretty awesome premium channel deal. The simple and easy deals of its premium channels include the following:
- One premium channel for $15/mo.
- Two premium channels for $25/mo.
- Three premium channels for $30/mo.
- All five premium channels for $40/mo.
Might as well get the $40 deal, since you’ll only be paying $8 per channel. Fios TV offers the five premium channels:
- HBO Max
- STARZ and STARZ ENCORE
If you get Your Fios TV plan, you can get one premium channel for $15 and two for $25 per month.
Which sports channels does Verizon Fios have?
And now for the best part: the sports channels. We don’t know about you, but the number of sports channels is a huge factor for us when it comes to picking a TV service. And this fiber TV service is on top of it.
Fios caters to fans of football, basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, golf, you name it. Also, you’ll get your channels like ESPN and FS1 for some good sports talk.
Verizon Fios TV offers the following sports channels:
- Big Ten Network
- CBS Sports Network
- ESPN, ESPN2
- ESPN College Extra
- ESPN U
- Fox Deportes
- FS1, FS2
- Golf Channel
- MLB Network
- NBA TV
- NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
- NFL Network
- NHL Network
- Olympic Channel
- SEC Network
- Tennis Channel
Where is Verizon Fios available?
This fiber-optic network is only available in nine states. So if you don’t live on the East Coast, we hope you didn’t get too attached while reading this article.
If you live in one of these states, check if Fios is offered in your city:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
Which devices is Verizon Fios compatible with?
The minute you sign up for Fios TV, you can instantly stream from the Fios mobile app on your device. So watch the new episode of Criminal Minds while you’re waiting in a long line. Possibly the line to return the not-so-cute sweater your grandmother bought you for your birthday. (Sorry, Grandma.)
Verizon Fios’s streaming app is compatible with the following devices:
- iOS devices running iOS 9 or higher
- Android devices running Android 4.4 or higher
- Amazon Kindle and Fire devices running Android 4.4 and higher
How much is Verizon Fios’s DVR?
DVR may or may not be included, depending on the plan you choose
Verizon Fios TV DVR and set-top box come with 4K capability, a voice remote, 50–100 HD recording hours, and 2–6 simultaneous streams. Additional set-top boxes make it possible for you to watch TV anywhere in the house.
Depending on your plan, a set-top box and/or DVR could be included.
|Your Fios TV||Set-top box and DVR not included|
|More Fios TV||1st set-top box included, no DVR|
|The Most Fios TV||1st set-top box and Basic DVR included|
The Most Fios TV plan automatically comes with a 500 GB DVR that can record up to 50 HD or 300 SD hours. That’s enough space to record 25 episodes of America’s Got Talent and six movies in HD.
If you want more DVR hours for the whole family to record on up to five TVs in your home, there is a multi-room option.
|DVR||Price||DVR hours||Simultaneous recordings|
|DVR (standard)||$12/mo.||50 HD hrs.||2|
|MRDVR Enhanced||$20/mo.||100 HD or 500 SD hrs.||6|
Date effective 3/25/2021.
If the set-top box isn’t included in your plan, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee of $12. And an additional $12–$20 per month for the DVR service. (A grand total of $24–$32).
And keep your budget in mind if you need more than one set-top box for the fam. You can get three set-top boxes for $24–$30 per month (depending on the plan you choose), or four for $30–$36 per month.
Oh, and the family can enjoy an integrated Netflix app on Verizon’s set-top box. So when you’re done watching Let’s Make a Deal, you can switch over to Netlflix for Schitt’s Creek.
Recap: Is Verizon Fios worth it?
This fiber-optic TV network is worth it if you’d like a great bundle deal with loads of channels and super fast and reliable internet for your home. You don’t have to sign a contract and the fees list is not as bad as other TV providers.
So hopefully you live in one of the cities where this service is offered, or else check out our top TV service providers list for another great option.
What do you think?
Do you have Verizon Fios? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different provider better? Drop us a comment below!