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FiOS TV Adds Mid-Atlantic Sports Network in High-Definition for Virginia Subscribers in Richmond, Hampton Roads

News Release

April 1, 2009 –

RICHMOND, Va. - Verizon FiOS TV Extreme HD subscribers in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia now can watch their favorite regional professional and collegiate baseball, football and lacrosse teams in high definition (HD) by tuning to Channel 577, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) HD.  All FiOS TV customers in the mid-Atlantic region currently receive MASN in standard definition.

"Verizon continues to deliver the ultimate high-definition home-entertainment experience with the launch of MASN HD," said Mary Ellen Payne, Verizon's senior vice president of marketing for Verizon's Potomac region.  "FiOS TV is the best place to watch high-definition sports programming.  With our stunning picture-and-sound quality, we give our customers a front-row seat to all the regional sports content and action - an experience that goes beyond old-fashioned cable."

In addition to Virginia, Verizon carries MASN - owned by the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals baseball franchises - in much of the mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Maryland, south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania, and the Washington, D.C., metro area. 

With MASN HD, customers can follow their favorite regional baseball teams, including the Nationals and Orioles, and watch shows such as "Nats/Orioles Xtra Pre and Post-Game Show," which covers game news, analysis, highlights and more.  During the football season, Baltimore Ravens fans can tune into "1 Winning Drive," which airs live from the Ravens facility and provides inside coverage of the team and weekly game breakdowns.  Sports fans looking to catch up on the latest action around the industry can enjoy lively discussions on "The Tom Davis Show" every Saturday morning.

In addition to the professional sports content, MASN also carries 30 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football games, with double- and triple-headers on Saturdays in the fall, and lacrosse matchups during the spring featuring games from team favorites such as Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and North Carolina.

Only Verizon delivers all-digital TV service over America's most advanced network, which is all-fiber all the way to customers' homes.  FiOS TV scored highest in J.D. Power's "2008 Residential Television Service Satisfaction Study for the East Region," which includes Virginia. 

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels and 14,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month - 70 percent of which are free.  Verizon's VOD library also includes more than 1,300 HD titles.  FiOS TV is currently available to more than 9.2 million homes in 14 states - California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington state. 

For more information on FiOS TV, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.

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 more than 80 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 nearly 224,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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Media Contact:
Deidre Mulcahy, 908-559-3483
Harry Mitchell, 304-344-7562

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