Comcast vs. Verizon is a Major Household Decision
Pricing, extra features, quality of service are key factors in decision process.
Service area: Middletown and surrounding areas, including Delaware City, New Castle, Odessa, Port Penn, Saint Georges, Townsend and Clayton
Of note: Customers have a choice of three Double Play (cable/Internet) and three Triple Play (cable/Internet/phone) bundles. The Tivo Advantage Triple Play is one of the most popular, and includes more than 175 channels with free high-definition service; commercial-free movie channels from Showtime, Starz and Encore; DVR that can record up to six shows at the same time; and Internet speeds of 30 Mpbs (download) and 3 Mpbs (upload). Tivo Advantage is $109.99 per month for the first year for new customers.
Service area: Most of Delaware, except for the towns of Frankford, Odessa, Middletown, Millsboro and Selbyville
Of note: Comcast's Xfinity TV line-up features hundreds of standard and high definition channels, along with access to nearly 100,000 Xfinity On Demand selections across multiple platforms. The company also provides Xfinity Internet speeds up to 505/100 Mbps, unlimited talk and text with Xfinity Voice, and the ability to watch TV and movies anytime and anywhere through innovations like the Xfinity TV GO app, which allows customers to stream 50+ live TV networks and thousands of On Demand titles on mobile devices.
Comcast offers several Xfinity Triple Play bundles. Packages include 60 to 200-plus channels, including high definition, with prices ranging from $90 to $250 per month. These bundles include access to thousands of hours of Xfinity On Demand programming. (comcast.com, 800-COMCAST)
Service area: Unknown
Service area: Unknown
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Service area: Sussex County communities, including Angola by the Bay, Bayard, Bethany Beach, Clarksville, Dagsboro, Frankford, Georgetown, Leisure Point, Lewes, Love Creek, Mariner’s Cove, Middlesex, Millsboro, Millville, Ocean View, Roxana, Sea Colony, Selbyville and South Bethany.
Of note: Mediacom says its Internet service is the fastest in the area, offering download speeds of up to 105 Mbps and uploads of 10 Mbps. The company’s Family TV subscription includes 68 standard definition channels and 30 in high def. Several dozen additional HD channels will be added to Mediacom’s lineup at no additional cost to customers by the end of April. (mediacomcable.com, 800-332-0245)
Service area: Entire state
Of note: Verizon FiOS enables Internet speeds up to 500/100 Mbps, more than 485 TV channels and digital phone quality with 99.9 percent network reliability. Areas without FiOS have access to DirecTV and high-speed Internet service. (verizon.com, 800-VERIZON)