CenturyLink

CenturyLink

CenturyLink

Headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, CenturyLink is a leading provider of digital TV, internet and telephone services. CenturyLink has plans designed for large and small businesses as well as residential properties. The company prides itself on its straight-forward, no nonsense approach to utility plans and […]

Comcast Xfinity

ComCast XFinity

Comcast’s Xfinity comes at the market from a different viewpoint, being the only one of the three nationwide players that started as a cable company. Xfinity offers on-demand HD movies, 45 advertisement-free music channels and parental controls. On the fast cable-based internet the customer can watch HD footage and be safe in the knowledge that the free security software is guarding their system.

ComCast XFinity is one of the USA’s largest players in the cable television market and has three purely cable television packages: Digital Starter, Digital Preferred and Digital Premier. Of the three packages, Digital Starter is cheapest package as it costs just $49.99 per month. This package gives you access to a line-up of more 140 channels and also allows you to purchase HBO for a heavily-discounted price. The Digital Preferred package is a step up from the Digital Started package and costs an additional $10.00 a month. However, in return you will receive almost double the amount of channels and are still eligible for a $5 six-month HBO subscription. As its name suggests, ComCast XFinity’s Digital Premier television package is their most comprehensive package. This package costs $69.99 per month and gives viewers access to a suite of more than 260 channels as well as a sports entertainment package.


In addition to purely digital television packages, ComCast XFinity has a number of bundles which allow you to combine digital television with other ComCast services, such as internet and landline calls. Not only does this make your monthly bills easier to manage, but it works out cheaper than taking out two individual contracts. In addition, those who subscribe to ComCast XFinity’s bundles are also eligible for a prepaid Visa card, access to Wi-Fi hotspots around the world and a two-year HBO subscription.

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Verizon FIOS

Verizon FIOS

Verizon’s FiOS was the first ‘fibre to the home’ service offered by one of the big telephone companies and Verizon were praised for their innovation. Verizon began the service in 2005 and, like AT&T rolled out an expansion program. However some customers cannot receive service or cannot watch television due to contractual franchise agreements previously set in place. FiOS also offers an HD option with the HD FiOS set-top box being necessary for this. Verizon’s phone service is available as a regular phone system or as VoIP. The telephone service runs off the fibre-optic cable which means that in the event of a black-out the phone will be unusable. The VoIP service is currently available in 11 states.

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AT&T Uverse

AT&T Uverse

In 2006 AT&T unveiled U-Verse, and began a program of expansion, unrolling a fibre-optic network. Their expansion slowed to a stop in 2011 according to plan, but statistics seem to indicate that the expansion was not as trouble-free as it could have been, with cable companies making in-roads into AT&T’s potential customer base and stymying the growth somewhat. AT&T seems to be the most reasonably priced package, and they offer fixed terms discounts for new customers happy to be tied into 18 month or 2 year contracts. However AT&T is the newest member of the ‘triple-play’ companies and some customers have complained about the quality of the television pictures; it seems the further away their equipment is placed from the AT&T hub, the worse the experience can be. AT&Ts telephone part of the bundle is a VoIP product.

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