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What is fiber-optic TV?

Like lightning fast fiber internet, fiber TV uses thin cables made of glass or plastic to transmit information instantaneously. This technology gives fiber-optic TV providers the bandwidth needed to send large amounts of data, perfect for delivering high channel counts, HD picture and a reliable signal. Popular TV providers that use fiber-optic technology include AT&TFrontier and Verizon.

Where is fiber-optic TV available?

You’re most likely to find fiber-optic TV in metro areas, but currently only about 30% of the U.S. population has access to fiber technology. However, many fiber providers are consistently expanding their service, so you may have the option before long. Here’s a look at where the largest fiber-optic TV and internet providers currently offer service.

AT&T fiber-optic TV is available in select cities across 21 states

Frontier fiber-optic TV is available in select cities across four states

Verizon fiber-optic TV is available in select cities across 8 states and Washington D.C.

Bundle fiber-optic TV and internet

Fiber-optic TV availability and plans vary by location. Depending on where you live, you may have access to an assortment of TV package and bundle options. Here’s a look at fiber-optic TV and internet bundles from leading fiber providers.

What fiber-optic TV plans are available in your area? Find fiber-optic providers and shop available plans by clicking the button below.

How does fiber-optic compare to cable?

Fiber-optic and cable TV services are similar, but they use different cables to bring you TV and internet. Here’s a look at how they compare:

  • Availability: Fiber is only available to about 30% of the population, whereas cable is available to nearly 90%, according to the FCC.
  • Pricing: Fiber-optic and cable TV bundles are priced fairly evenly. However, fiber typically delivers higher channel counts and faster speeds for the cost, which can make fiber-optic the more cost-effective choice.
  • Channel counts: Since fiber-optic cables generally provide more bandwidth, fiber-optic TV packages often give you more channel options with up to 550+ channels available in some areas.
  • Picture quality: Both service types offer HD channels and programming, but reliability and total HD channels is generally higher with fiber-optic.
  • Bundle options: The high channel counts and fast internet speeds you get with fiber-optics make it a great choice for quality TV and internet bundles. If you don’t need a lot of channels or very fast internet speeds, consider a low-cost cable bundle.

Get more information about fiber-optic and cable services in your area. Our TV and internet experts will help you find the right providers and plans for your home.

Fiber-optic TV FAQs

Can I get fiber-optic service?

Availability for fiber-optic TV or internet service varies by location. Service availability is currently most common in large metro areas, but many fiber-optic service providers are continuously expanding their fiber networks. Call to find out if your address is eligible for fiber-optic TV and internet services.

As fiber-optic TV and internet service has become available in more places, monthly costs for TV and internet bundles have dropped to prices similar to cable and satellite services. TV packages can start as low as $20-$30/mo., with bundles starting as low as $50/mo.*

If you plan on getting both TV and internet services, bundling the two together with the same provider will often get you lower monthly costs, equipment upgrades, price guarantees and more.

No. The TV provider lays the fiber-optic lines to deliver service to your area. If fiber-optic TV service is available for your home, your installer can connect your TV with common HDMI or coaxial cables.

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Joe oversees all things wireless and streaming for Allconnect, from music services to live TV sites. His streaming service reviews are among the most popular articles on the entire site. Joe graduated from O… Read more