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Verizon Again Delivers One-of-a-Kind NFL Network Experience to Verizon Broadband and TV Customers

Live Webcasts of NFL Preseason Games Begin Aug. 17

Verizon Broadband Connection Puts Fans in Virtual Control Booth; Choice of Camera Feeds - Plus Chat, Game Statistics, Highlights and More

News Release

August 15, 2008 –

NEW YORK - Football fans who subscribe to video and wireline broadband services with Verizon will enjoy the start of NFL Network Game Extra this weekend, as NFL Network kicks off its coverage of NFL preseason games. 

NFL Network Game Extra, again available only to Verizon video and wireline broadband subscribers, puts viewers in a virtual control booth and enables them to watch live, online broadcasts of NFL Network preseason and Thursday Night Football games while selecting from among multiple camera feeds. This is the second year NFL Network has offered the service,  which is made possible through a one-of-a-kind agreement between Verizon and NFL Network.  The service is available online to Verizon subscribers through any broadband internet connection.  

Viewers of the online broadcasts will have access to alternate camera angles and live audio feeds and have the ability to view one of four camera angles, or all four angles simultaneously.

Other features include: live online chats with other NFL Network Game Extra viewers  during the live games; game statistics, highlights and drive-chart simulations during the games; on-demand video highlights of the games; and special events, such as college bowl games and college all-star games including the Insight Bowl, Texas Bowl and Senior Bowl.

"NFL Network Game Extra represents the kind of online, collaborative experience Verizon FiOS TV and broadband customers expect," said Bill Heilig, vice president Verizon consumer broadband product development.  "Once again, access to NFL Network Game Extra will expand customers' already rich television viewing through a highly interactive, online experience that gives them unprecedented control over what they see and hear on the field, plus the ability to take the action with them wherever they go."

The NFL Network Game Extra service is available to consumers who subscribe to either Verizon FiOS or Verizon High Speed Internet service, plus either Verizon FiOS TV or DIRECTV through Verizon.  Verizon is currently the only Internet service provider to deliver NFL Network programming over broadband.

NFL Network Game Extra viewers will enjoy live, online broadcasts of two preseason and eight regular-season, primetime Thursday Night Football games, beginning with the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Aug. 17.

Subscribers can view the series of online broadcasts anywhere in the world through any broadband-connected computer.  Local team's games can still be viewed over the air, and local television blackout restrictions may apply.

All Verizon FiOS and Verizon High Speed Internet subscribers can enjoy a variety of NFL-related and NFL Network programming, including segments from such shows as "NFL Total Access," fantasy football game updates from NFL.com, and "Playbook," the definitive show breaking down each week's match-ups.  In addition, Verizon offers the NFL Network to subscribers of its all-digital FiOS TV service at no extra charge.

To access the new, online NFL Network programming and content, subscribers will log on to their Verizon consumer broadband accounts and visit verizon.net/nfl.  For more information about Verizon FiOS TV and FiOS Internet, customers can visit www.verizon.com/fios, call their local sales office, or call 888-438-3467.   Customers interested in Verizon’s High Speed Internet service can call 877-483-5898 or go to www.verizon.com/highspeed.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, 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 69 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,600 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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Christy Reap, 202-515-2443

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