The DISH vs. Verizon FiOS Comparison Guide

We show you: you'll get a lower monthly bill and more channels with DISH, than with Verizon FiOS.

If we've answered your questions about DISH vs. Verizon FiOS, order from us by calling 1-800-970-9509, , or Ordering DISH Online. We offer all of DISH's current promotions plus a free $100 Gift Card. DISH and Verizon FiOS are both premium TV services. This guide will show you the differences between the services. As a DISH retailer, we lean towards DISH but in this guide we will do our best to give you objective facts to help you make your decision. And of course, we have live reps available to talk with you. In almost every case, we've found DISH is the better deal.

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The above compares the regular, non-promotional pricing for DISH and Verizon FiOS.

What you get with DISH that you don't with Verizon FiOS:

DISH wins versus Verizon FiOS in the price category. As you can see (pictured right), Verizon FiOS's pricing is much higher per month in nearly every package. DISH's most popular package, America's Top 200 is $69.99 per month. Verizon FiOS's Preferred HD, a popular package is $99.99 per month with a similar channel lineup.

But, does Verizon FiOS offer more? Is that why they're more expensive?

Verizon FiOS promotes the argument that they offer you more value than DISH does and that's why they're more expensive. There are several ways to grade value, and that will be different based upon each person, but a good point of reference is: number of channels per package, and cost per month. Let's look at some examples.

Example (1): Two popular packages. Every day prices--no promotions.

Example (2): Same packages as above, but this time with a two-room HD-DVR system. Everyday prices--no promotions.

The examples like this hold true for virtually every side-by-side comparison. DISH offers you more channels for less money per month.


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How does DISH HD and HD-DVR receiver upgrades compare to Verizon Verizon FiOS's?

Above we talked about package pricing. That argument is straight forward: DISH costs less than Verizon FiOS. Even when you start comparing the HD receiver upgrades, HD service, and the different HD-DVR offers, like the Hopper or the Verizon FiOS HD-DVR, then the argument is just as straight forward. In this section we will show you how much better the Hopper really is and let you determine which offer is best for you.

Some quick facts about DISH's Hopper and Verizon FiOS's HD-DVR to show you the difference between our technology and what you get with Verizon FiOS:

Verizon FiOS offers a multi-room DVR service but with vastly inferior features compared to DISH's Hopper. You can only record 2 shows at once with Verizon FiOS and up to 50 hours of storage. DISH gives you the power to record 8 shows at once and store 2,000 hours of your favorite shows.

Both DISH and Verizon FiOS have several HD, HD-DVR, and equipment upgrades:

HD Service: DISH's offer versus Verizon FiOS's offer.
DISH's offer: HD service is free for 24 months. Agree to the contract, and AutoPay billing, and that's it. Any HD receiver will work and most of the most popular programming packages qualify for this.

Verizon FiOS's offer: HD service is never free. To get HD, it's $12.00 per month from day one. If you wish to have both HD service and DVR capabilities, it will be $17.00 extra per month.

HD service is not free with Verizon FiOS. Plus, there's an additional fee to add DVR functionality.

FREE HD Receiver upgrades (non DVRs): DISH versus Verizon FiOS
DISH offers
up to three non-DVR, HD receiver upgrades free (more on DVR offers below). The HD free for 24 months promotion with DISH does not require that you order an HD-DVR.

Verizon FiOS offers a non-DVR, HD receiver upgrade for a monthly fee. HD service is not free with Verizon FiOS when ordering non-DVR HD equipment. If you order an HD-DVR as one of your receivers, you will pay the $17.00 per month charge and if you just want a standard HD receiver, that will run you $12.00 extra per month.

DVR and HD-DVR Receiver upgrades (this deserves its own section).

... Verizon FiOS charges $17 per month for HD-DVR service.

... DISH charges $12 per month for a Hopper HD-DVR.

Introduction to DVR offers
DISH has two types of Digital Video Recorder (a.k.a., DVR) receivers: a regular HD-DVR, and Whole-Home HD-DVR. Verizon Verizon FiOS only offers one HD-DVR receiver model. The difference is exactly what it sounds like. The regular DVRs are designed to deliver DVR to a limited number of TVs in the home while the Whole-Home DVRs are designed to deliver DVR to all of the TVs in the home. Only DISH gives you offers for each type of DVR.

Regular HD-DVR Receivers and Upgrades: DISH vs Verizon Verizon FiOS
DISH offers one free HD-DVR receiver upgrade. The DVR service is $7 per month and the HD service is free for 24 months. DISH has two different HD-DVR receivers. One is the ViP 722k, which is a two-room HD-DVR, the other is the ViP 612, which is a single-room HD-DVR. You can use this receiver upgrade and still get two additional non-DVR HD receiver upgrades for free.

Verizon FiOS does not charge an upfront fee when ordering the regular HD-DVR. However, this receiver only operates one TV. You will need to purchase an additional box that carries an extra monthly fee to watch tv in another room. Also they charge a monthly fee for the DVR service on this type of receiver.

Whole home HD-DVR promotions. DISH's Hopper and Joey vs. Verizon FiOS's Standard HD-DVR
This comparison probably deserves its own webpage, but for now, we will describe the two offers for you briefly and cut right to the chase.

DISH offers one Hopper and three Joey's as free receiver upgrades. Hopper DVR service is $12 per month. HD service is free for 24 months. The Hopper receiver fee is included in your channel package price, and each Joey is $7 per month and has full HD-DVR access via the Hopper. This free upgrade will service up to four TVs and can record up to six HD channels simultaneously. If you want service on six TVs you will need one additional Hopper ($49) and one additional Joey ($99), totalling an upgrade fee of $148. With two Hoppers you can record up to nine HD channels simultaneously. All six TVs can watch separate channels at the same time.

Verizon FiOS offers only one type of HD-DVR which does not have "Whole Home" capabilities. The DVR service fee is $17 per month. That fee includes the HD service itself. If you want service on six TV's you will need one multi-room DVR, and compatible boxes in every other room that carry additional fees and can skyrocket your monthly bill very quickly.

DVR service fees and promotions
DISH charges $7 per month for regular HD-DVR service, or $12 per month for the Hopper HD-DVR service. In both cases, HD service is free for 24 months. It's as simple as that.

Verizon FiOS combines their DVR fee with their HD fee and they charge $17 per month per receiver. You cannot experience the Whole Home DVR functions that the Hopper gives with these standard DVR's and will pay hundreds of dollars extra per month to get service 6 rooms of your home.

Promotions that you could consider "exclusive."

Both DISH and Verizon FiOS offer a lot of promotions for new customers. If monthly price, or the equipment promotions aren't enough to decide one way or another, sometimes the exclusive promotions can. That's what we'll discuss here.

DISH offers a few exclusives that Verizon FiOS cannot offer. One is DISH's TV Anywhere features, which use Sling functionality. Sling--built into the Hopper for free--allows you to watch recorded or live TV content anywhere you want with devices such as: mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. Verizon Verizon FiOS's streaming of live TV is extremely limited, covering only 50 channels; of which the local networks--like ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX--are not included. Another is Dish Movie Pack. Dish Movie Pack includes streaming video to your TV or PC, and adds 20+ premium HD channels to your programming package.

Verizon Verizon FiOS, like many others, offers you more discounts when you bundle your services. They offer you a $300 gift card when you sign up for a Triple Play. They offer very little for customers looking for just TV services. Verizon FiOS can simply not match the perks of getting DISH satellite TV.

Promotions both DISH and Verizon FiOS do well

We said it in the beginning of this guide: Both DISH and Verizon FiOS are very popular TV services. They both deliver a high quality product. Some of the differences are stark, like the monthly price being lower with DISH, and the superior technology you get with DISH. Other differences are more nuanced. But both companies have similarities in their offers that they both do well.

Both companies will offer free promotions and gift cards to provide incentives for signing up. Both also offer tons of HD programming and On Demand content. You can also receive premium movie channels Free for 3 months with DISH and Verizon FiOS.

We hope you enjoyed our DISH versus Verizon FiOS guide! If you still have questions, or would like to order, please call1-800-970-9509, , or customize your package.


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