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Verizon FiOS Extends the Ultimate 'Entourage' Experience to Fans of HBO Series

Consumer Sweepstakes Offer Multiple Prizes, Including Grand Prize Trip to Los Angeles and Lunch with an 'Entourage' Cast Member

News Release

NEW YORK – June 23, 2009 –

Anyone who has ever dreamed of living the Hollywood life now has the chance with a special "Entourage" entertainment experience and sweepstakes from Verizon FiOS, created in collaboration with HBO.

The HBO hit comedy series "Entourage" takes a look at the day-to-day life of Vincent Chase, a hot young actor in Hollywood, and his fun-loving entourage of best friends from  Bayside, Queens, where they all grew up.  Just in time for the start of the series' sixth season on HBO (July 12, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT), Verizon FiOS is offering show fans a variety of ways they can immerse themselves in the "Entourage" lifestyle and in FiOS - the ultimate home-entertainment and broadband experience delivered over Verizon's advanced, all-fiber network straight to customers' homes and businesses.

From now through Aug. 15, consumers can check out www.verizon.com/hboexperiencetrip daily to learn all about "Entourage" and FiOS and enter for a chance to win everything from online instant prizes like flat-screen TVs and "Entourage" DVD sets, to a grand-prize trip for two to Los Angeles.  The grand-prize winner will get to enjoy a taste of the "Entourage" life with round-trip air transportation, a stay at a luxury hotel, a $500 gift card, seasons 1-5 on DVD and lunch with Jerry Ferrarra, who plays Turtle on the show.

"HBO and FiOS are a perfect match, which makes this collaboration very exciting," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon.  "Verizon FiOS TV has the most high-definition HBO channels available, plus our HBO subscribers get over 150 hours each month of free HBO On Demand® programming.  FiOS TV's picture-and-sound quality, whether in pure HD or clear standard def, makes watching shows like 'Entourage' a lifelike experience.  We're excited to work with HBO to extend the ultimate 'Entourage' fan experience online and with our sweepstakes."

John Hagerty, senior vice president and general manager, affiliate sales, HBO, added: "We're delighted to be working with Verizon FiOS in creating a scenario that will allow 'Entourage' fans to get up close to one of their favorite shows.  'Entourage' embodies a lifestyle that many would like to experience, even just once.  We're pleased that FiOS is offering this chance of a lifetime to subscribers."

In addition to providing information about the sweepstakes, the Verizon HBO Experience Microsite offers the following:

  • VIP Game Room - Includes trivia based on "Entourage" character quotes and memorable moments; downloads including "Entourage" wallpaper; and a "Which 'Entourage' Character Are You?" game.

  • Daily Instant Win Game - Click on the Instant Win Game tab and play for a chance to win a 52-inch TV, "Entourage" DVDs and gift cards. Customers can play every day for more chances to win.

  • My Offers - Learn about offers to upgrade your FiOS TV and Internet services, including all that HBO has to offer.

Verizon FiOS TV services offers twenty-six HBO and Cinemax® channels, all of which are available in HD.  With FiOS TV, customers get a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels, including more than 100 HD channels and 15,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month - 70 percent of which are free.  Verizon FiOS TV VOD also includes more than 1,400 HD titles.  FiOS TV also offers an innovative Interactive Media Guide that provides next-generation, personalized interactive services, including news and entertainment widgets, fantasy football applications, casual games, and many other features.

FiOS TV is currently available to more than 9.7 million homes in 14 states.  For more information, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.

About Home Box Office, Inc.
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour pay television services - HBO and Cinemax - to over 40 million U.S. subscribers.  The services offer the most popular subscription video on demand products, HBO On Demand and Cinemax On Demand, as well as HBO on Broadband, HD feeds and multiplex channels.  Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video on demand products HBO On Demand and HBO Mobile, bring HBO services to over 50 countries.  HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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© 2009 Home Box Office, Inc. All Rights Reserved. HBO® and related service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

Media Contact:
Heather Wilner, Verizon, 212-321-8333
Jeff Cusson, HBO, 212-512-1343

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