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Bell Atlantic Now Offering Video Services in Dover
Bell Atlantic Video Services Closes Deal to Acquire
Video Programming Unit in New Jersey
November 1, 1996
Larry Plumb (703) 708-4360
Ginger Fisk (703) 708-4222
DOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Bell Atlantic Video Services (BVS)
officially began offering video programming in Dover Township, N.J.,
as it completed the acquisition of the New Jersey assets of
FutureVision, a division of Digital Broadband Applications Corporation
(DBAC). BVS will deliver its service over Bell Atlantic-New Jersey's
full service network that is currently under construction.
FutureVision customers will continue to receive substantially the same
programming they do today, offered under the FutureVision brand, until
the service is re-launched late in the first quarter of 1997.
"Bell Atlantic is excited about entering the video programming
business, and eager to begin serving FutureVision customers in Dover
Township," said Stuart Johnson, chairman
and CEO of BVS. "We are
evaluating the existing video product and support systems and look
forward to formally launching a new, enhanced version of the service
next year under the Bell Atlantic brand."
Under terms of the deal, Bell Atlantic Video Services acquired
FutureVision's Neptune, N.J., digital integration center, which is
used to receive and digitize off-air broadcast and satellite video
signals. BVS will license DBAC's subscriber management system, SAGA,
and receive software support services from DBAC's technology division,
Broadband Applications Development Company.
Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.