Guilt by Association: Time Warner Cable Calls Verizon FiOS HD Channels "Fake"

When Verizon FiOS was celebrating its arrival in New York City, challenging the Time Warner Cable monopoly, Verizon called its service "the biggest thing to hit Canal Street since the knockoff purse."  At the time, Counterfeit Chic wondered whether that was supposed to be a good thing.

Now a Time Warner Cable ad is extending the comparison, likening Verizon's "fake" HD channels to knockoff "imported" sunglasses...from New Jersey.  Whatever the merits of TWC v. Verizon, the combination of a Canal Street-like setting, the vendor's ambiguous accent, and the rows of handbags, jewelry, and sunglasses are clearly intended to remind you of the time you bought the cheap fake watch that kept time for all of two weeks and turned your wrist green besides -- and to taint the cable company's competition by association. 

Of course, TWC's New Jersey customers may be less than flattered.