BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and CULVER CITY, CA — Verizon Wireless has formed a relationship with Sony Pictures Television and will offer The Minisode Network on V CAST. The channel offering four to six minute versions of the studio's classic television shows allows customers with V CAST-enabled phones to watch the minisodes in the palms of their hands. The shows offered as minisodes include, "Diff'rent Strokes," "Facts of Life," "Charlie's Angels," "The Jeffersons," "Bewitched," "Fantasy Island," and other familiar favorites from the Sony Pictures Television library.
Ryan Hughes, vice president of digital media programming for Verizon, noted, "Our relationship with Sony Pictures Television's The Minisode Network serves as another proof point to our commitment to deliver the best snack-sized entertainment available on mobile phones to Verizon Wireless customers."
"Sony Pictures Television is determined to be a leader in mobile video, and V CAST is a perfectly suited platform for The Minisode Network," said Eric Berger, vice president of mobile entertainment, Sony Pictures Television.
The Minisode Network originally launched in June 2007 on MySpace and quickly took off online, amassing over 3.25 million views in its first four months in existence on www.myspace.com/minisodenetwork. Bite-sized entertainment, the minisodes retain the full-story arc of each episode offered, revitalizing these brands and making them perfect entertainment snacks for online consumption.
Customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3.00 for 24-hour use or by signing up for the $15.00 V CAST VPak monthly subscription, which also includes access to Verizon Wireless' ESPN MVP, Get It Now® and Mobile Web 2.0SM services. Customers get unlimited basic video including video on The Minisode Network but application download fees apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content.
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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Sony Pictures TelevisionSony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony BMG and for iN DEMAND's high-definition channel Mojo, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.####