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Verizon to Distribute the YES Network Nationally in High Definition to FiOS 'Extreme HD' Subscribers, Under Multiyear Agreement

YES Is First Regional Sports Network to Be Distributed Nationally on Verizon's FiOS TV Service

News Release

April 13, 2009 –

NEW YORK - The YES Network, the most watched regional sports network in the country during the past six years, and Verizon, the only major provider that delivers all-digital TV service over an advanced all-fiber network straight to customers' homes, have reached a multiyear agreement under which Verizon is now distributing the YES Network in high definition nationally on the company's FiOS TV Extreme HD service.

The YES Network will be the first regional sports network in the country available in all FiOS TV markets - at no additional charge. YES programming is available on Channel 595 to Extreme HD subscribers outside of YES' home markets throughout New York state and in northern and central New Jersey.  New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets games will not be available to these subscribers; instead, they will receive substitute YES programming.

YES programming, including Yankees and Nets games, is available to Extreme HD subscribers in the YES Network's home markets on Channel 576.  Customers in these markets who miss the latest Yankees game can catch a free replay on Verizon's industry-leading video-on-demand (VOD) library.

"The Yankees have arguably the largest and most widespread fan base of any sports team in the country," said Ray Hopkins, COO of the YES Network. "Our agreement with Verizon ensures that the multitude of Yankees fans throughout the nation can share in the pinstripes experience through a broad variety of Yankees programming.  This agreement with Verizon truly captures the power of and passion for the New York Yankees." 

Terry Denson vice president - FiOS TV content and programming, said, "Adding YES programming in HD to our lineup is part of our commitment to giving FiOS TV subscribers the highest quality and best content there is, delivering the ultimate high-definition home-entertainment experience. Verizon FiOS TV is the best place to watch sports, and with the YES Network available in all markets, fans can catch up on America's favorite pastime and baseball's most popular, storied team."

The following Yankees-themed YES programming will be available nationally on FiOS TV Extreme HD:

  • "Yankees Batting Practice Today" - features, analysis, matchups, interviews, news and statistics, as well as batting-practice coverage of the Yankees and their opponents.

  • "Yankeeography" - YES' Yankees biography series, which has won 16 Emmy Awards in seven years.

  • "The Joe Girardi Show" - weekly in-season show featuring Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

  • "Yankees Magazine" - year-round weekly magazine show covering all things Yankees.

  • "Yankees Classics" - special presentations of some of the greatest and most exciting games in Yankees history.

  • "Yankees on Deck" - the Emmy-winning children's show featuring Yankees players and hosted by former Yankee and current YES analyst David Cone.

  • "Yankees Hot Stove" - weekly studio program featuring all the off-season trade and free-agency activity, as well as other news, analyses and interviews.

Other YES programming available nationally on FiOS TV Extreme HD:

  • "CenterStage" - Emmy-nominated one-on-one interview show hosted by YES' Michael Kay and featuring stars of sports and entertainment such as Michael Phelps, Dwyane Wade, Danica Patrick, Charlie Gibson, Jim Nantz and Jay Z.

  • "Mike'D Up: Francesa on the FAN" - live weekday simulcasts of Mike Francesa's top-rated WFAN radio show.

  • "Forbes SportsMoney" - monthly half-hour program covering the latest sports business news and trends.

  • "SportsLife NYC" - monthly half-hour magazine show highlighting the unique personalities, events, trends, styles and new technology in sports.

  • "This Week in Football" - weekly studio show during the NFL season, capturing all the action around the league, with an emphasis on the Giants and Jets.

  • "Nets Magazine" - weekly magazine show covering all aspects of the Nets.

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.

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.

The YES Network features exclusive telecasts of the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees and the New Jersey Nets.  In addition to the Yankees and Nets, YES televises other pro and college games, as well as Emmy Award-winning biography, interview and magazine programs.  The network also presents a live daily simulcast of WFAN's Mike'd Up: Francesa on the FAN show.  Further YES Network information can be found at www.yesnetwork.com.

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Media Contact:
Deidre Mulcahy, Verizon, 908-559-3483
Eric Handler, YES Network, 646-487-3686

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