I'm in the NY area (Long Island), and I'm looking for a "triple play bundle" for TV, Internet, and Phone. Promotional pricing is fairly close between Verizon Fios (Ultimate TV package - "media server dvr" - 4 total TVs) and Cablevision/Optimum (Gold TV package - "cloud dvr" - 4 total TVs). I really can't afford to purchase separate equipment at this time (TiVo), so I plan to use/rent their boxes. I realize that provider and equipment preferences are very subjective, but it would be great to get some insights from people who have used these services, switched from one to the other, etc.
How are their newest multi-room "streaming" dvr services? What about their UI's and s/w? Is either service more susceptible to weather-related outages than the other? Does Optimum's huge number of wifi hotspots in this area give them an advantage?
As for programming, we watch lots of movies and local sports teams. Both providers have similar premium movie channels included in their top tier packages, but my one concern is related to the MSG Network channels for Fios. As a NY Islanders fan (yes, it's not easy), their games are often bounced to a secondary channel like MSG2+ or something (Knicks, Nets, Rangers, and Devils get priority). As I have tried to search online channel listings, it appears as if some of the secondary MSG channels are not available in HD from Fios. Can anyone confirm this? I've watched hockey at a friend's house in SD, and it's not pretty.