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Verizon Signs Agreements With Comcast for Comcast SportsNet-Philadelphia, PBS KIDS Sprout and Versus
Hockey, Basketball, Baseball, Golf Fans Will Find Their Sports on FiOS TVNews Release
December 4, 2006 –
NEW YORK - Verizon today announced a programming-distribution agreement with Comcast for Comcast SportsNet-Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet-Philadelphia HD. Verizon will carry the channels in its all-digital FiOS TV Premier package in its Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey TV markets. In addition, Verizon is making other Comcast sports and entertainment channels available throughout its FiOS TV footprint. Verizon now offers Versus (formerly OLN), and in the next several weeks will add PBS KIDS Sprout, a 24-hour network for preschoolers aged 2-5.
Comcast SportsNet-Philadelphia provides local sports coverage including live game action for the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers and Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.
"We know that Philly sports fans are passionate about their teams and expect their TV provider to carry all the action," said Terry Denson, vice president of FiOS TV content strategy and acquisition. "Now, they'll be able to watch their teams and outstanding children's programming in a whole new light on FiOS TV and enjoy the tremendous picture quality that FiOS delivers."
As the result of separate agreements completed earlier this year with Comcast, Verizon already carries Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in its FiOS TV markets in Virginia and Maryland and The Golf Channel throughout its eight-state FiOS TV footprint.
Verizon delivers FiOS TV over the nation's most comprehensive all-digital fiber network. Only Verizon's FiOS network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes.
FiOS TV is now available in parts of California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, and will soon be available in parts of Delaware and New Jersey. FiOS TV's Premier package provides 200 all-digital channels, access to 4,000 on-demand programs and advanced features such as FiOS TV Widgets and Home Media DVR.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 11 million high-speed Internet customers, and 2.1 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
About Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a New York-based Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 57 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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