05.05.2010

Starz and Encore Offer Exclusive Free Preview to Verizon FiOS TV Customers

Verizon and Starz Entertainment LLC are offering FiOS TV subscribers an exclusive free preview of all Starz and Encore programming.  From May 13 through May 17, FiOS TV customers will get a chance to check out all Starz and Encore premium channels and video-on-demand content.

"Starz and Encore programming is part of the Verizon FiOS TV Movie Package featuring an unmatched entertainment value for consumers, and this free preview gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our deep, rich content offering," said Shawn Strickland, vice president of consumer strategy for Verizon.  "With FiOS TV's amazing picture-and-sound quality, our customers will feel like they're sitting in the movie theater while sampling the hit films and series from these channels in the comfort of their homes." 

Keno Thomas, senior vice president, affiliate sales and marketing for Starz Entertainment, said, "The FiOS TV free preview of our programming is an incredible showcase for displaying Starz's commitment to movies and specifically, an opportunity for presenting the unmatched collection of commercial-free premium programming found on the Starz and Encore channels and on-demand services.  As witnessed by the ratings hit 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' and critically acclaimed comedy series 'Party Down,' Starz is also home to exclusive, must-see original programming that FiOS TV subscribers will have the opportunity to sample and preview for their enjoyment."

Verizon offers FiOS TV customers a total of 21 Starz and Encore channels (channels 340-362 in standard definition and 840-850 in HD, including both East and West Coast feeds) in addition to Starz Entertainment's IndiePlex and RetroPlex and the popular Starz and Encore on-demand programming.  Starz and Encore are part of FiOS TV's 47-channel Movie Package, which includes Showtime, The Movie Channel, IFC, FLIX and the entire suite of Starz, Encore and Plex channels and on-demand programming, for $15.99 per month.  Customers who sign up for the Movie Package before Aug. 20 will get the premium package free for the first three months.

Starz Entertainment provides an unmatched collection of exclusive commercial-free hit movies and original series.  During the FiOS TV free preview this includes:

Starz movies: "Bolt," "Up," "The Proposal," "Julie & Julia," "Obsessed" and "Angels & Demons"

Starz Originals:  "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," "Party Down" and "Gravity"

Encore movies: "Hancock," "The Mummy Returns," "Parenthood," "America's Sweethearts," "The Rookie" and "Far from Heaven"

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 565 all-digital channels including up to 140 HD channels and 18,000 monthly video-on-demand titles.  FiOS also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management via broadband or cell phone; and more.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: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 nearly 93 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 16.9 million and 30.6 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies and new original series every month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Starz, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

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