03.19.2008

Verizon Enhances FiOS TV's No. 1 Video-on-Demand Service With CBS NCAA 'March Madness' Programming

NEW YORK - FiOS TV customers now enjoy even more home entertainment choices as Verizon expands its industry-leading video-on-demand (VOD) offer with new, comprehensive NCAA® March Madness® VOD programming from CBS Sports.  A partnership between Verizon and CBS Sports will provide FiOS TV customers with new VOD content dedicated to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.


"There are millions of fans who only have five minutes of free time, and now they have a chance to watch the highlights they crave when and how they want," said Bob Rose, executive vice president, distribution, CBS College Sports Network.


Terry Denson, vice president - FiOS TV content and programming, said, "College basketball fans simply won't believe the in-home sports experience they'll have with our new NCAA March Madness basketball championship programming. The picture quality and sound delivered straight to your home over our all-fiber-optic network make you feel like you're courtside.  And the best part of all is that with video-on-demand, you can catch all of the highlights whenever it fits your schedule."


The new NCAA March Madness programming, available in both high definition and standard definition, includes a daily recap of every game, with extensive highlights along with select post-game interviews and team news conferences.  In addition, CBS Sports and CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV) will produce customized highlights of the 63 tournament games from the first round to the championship game, plus historical NCAA March Madness vignettes.


The VOD content also features fully produced NCAA March Madness Memories, which will include moments from 25 of the greatest games from previous NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships, pulled from archived NCAA game and related footage.


Also today, Verizon announced additional new VOD content now available to FiOS TV customers.


FiOS TV customers can access video on demand simply by pressing the "VOD" or "On Demand" button on their remote control, by using a menu on FiOS TV's interactive media guide, or selecting the VOD channel.


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 66 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 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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