When I signed up for FiOS in 2008 I had a much better deal than Comcast was offering. Especially with the free DVR for 6 months. 3 years later and it seems like Verizon is no longer interested in competing with Comcast on price. Verizon has removed channels from my package while keeping the price the same, apparently in an attempt to lure me to a different plan. I like my basic channels (locals + Comcast SportsNet, ESPN, CNN, Discovery, etc) and I want them in HD. I called Verizon to see if I could downgrade from the Extreme HD package I was on and they told me that the current programming packages are all more expensive than I was already paying.
My FiOS plan was 20/5 internet, Extreme HD programming, 1 HD DVR, 1 HD STB, 3 digital adapters and I was paying $121/month.
So I checked Comcast's web site and it looked like I could downgrade a couple of features and save about $20/month. Before signing up I was in a Best Buy and a guy with an Xfinity shirt was at a desk near the TVs and wanted me to switch. I listened to his pitch and it turns out I'm going to be paying almost half of what Verizon was charging.
My new Comcast package is 12 Mbps internet, Digital Starter programming package, 1 Free HD DVR, 1 HD STB, 2 digital adapters for $65/month. And that price is guaranteed for a year with no contract.
I have been very happy with the Verizon FiOS product - great picture quality, never had any internet outages. Maybe I should thank them for making Comcast realize they needed to compete on price. But it's not $50/month better than Comcast.