Verizon sues Time Warner over TV ads

14 Apr 2008

US fixed line operator Verizon Communications is suing rival firm Time Warner Cable over what it claims are misleading advertisements. The lawsuit, filed last week in a District Court in New York, alleges that Time Warner’s adverts falsely compare its cable service to Verizon’s fibre-based FiOS offering. The Time Warner advertising says the FiOS service is not a true triple-play service and that it requires a satellite dish to receive TV broadcasts. The advertver also claims that TV services are not available in New York, Dow Jones reports. Time Warner Cable has denied any wrongdoing. There are areas of Manhattan where Verizon is not able to provide TV services as it does not hold franchise rights; it plans to offer video services in these areas under a partnership with satellite broadcaster DirecTV. Verizon wants the Time Warner adverts halted and is seeking damages.