Can You See Us Now? Rutgers Football, the Texas Bowl and TV From Verizon - Perfect Together

NEWARK, N.J. - While most Cablevision, Time Warner and Comcast analog-cable television subscribers in New York and New Jersey won't be able to see the Rutgers and Kansas State football teams play in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28, other consumers in the region will have a better alternative.  The game will be available on Verizon's FiOS TV service and for Verizon's DIRECTV customers in New York, New Jersey* and throughout the region.

Unlike Cablevision and Time Warner, Verizon has an agreement to carry the NFL Network on its FiOS TV service.  The game will also be available on DIRECTV, a service Verizon sells as part of its suite of voice, data and video services.

"This is a prime example of why choice and competition in the video market is so critical to consumers," said Marilyn O'Connell, Verizon's senior vice president of video solutions.  "We're proud to offer consumers in the metropolitan area a chance to see Rutgers - the region's hometown team -- play in Texas.  And it's something that won't be seen by Cablevision, Time Warner or Comcast analog-TV customers."

"We look forward to the New Jersey BPU quickly approving Verizon's franchise application and making video choice and the Texas Bowl available to even more consumers in the area," said O'Connell.  "For too long, consumers have been held hostage by these all-too-common squabbles between networks and the monopolistic cable-TV providers.   It's time to bring an end to these barriers to competition and let the consumer decide."

* Verizon's FiOS TV service is already available to thousands of consumers in New York.  Assuming the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approves Verizon's video franchise application in the next 11 days, even more consumers in New Jersey will be able to watch Rutgers play Kansas State on TV.

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