Verizon Offers Ultimate Multi-Platform Disney Channel Games Experience

NEW YORK - Verizon is offering its FiOS TV, FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet customers the ultimate on-screen and online Disney Channel Games experience, with special TV previews and exciting online multi-player gaming action.

"Verizon and Disney have collaborated to offer the ultimate, must-have Disney Channel Games entertainment experience," said Shawn Strickland, vice president, FiOS marketing for Verizon. "The TV and online experiences offer a convenient and cost-effective way for kids and families to enjoy and interact with their favorite summer specials."

Featuring more than 50 Disney Channel stars from around the globe who convened at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., earlier this year, "Disney Channel Games" will present comedic relay races, grand-scale obstacle courses and entertaining challenges in five special half-hour telecasts.  Hosted by actor Brian Stepanek ("The Suite Life of Zack & Cody"), the games are comedic, colorful and larger than life.  The special telecasts will be highlighted by a post-Games concert featuring performances by Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, The Cheetah Girls, Demi Lovato and Jordan Pruitt. 

Exclusive short-form content, including one-on-one interviews with the players and behind-the-scenes material, is now available first to FiOS TV subscribers via video on demand (VOD).  Additionally, FiOS TV customers will be able to view the first episode of the Disney Channel Games, also on VOD, on July 20.   The broadcast premiere is on July 27.   These early looks are free for FiOS TV customers.

In addition, Verizon broadband subscribers will have the ability to play the Disney Channel Games Arena Challenge, a new game experience available through Disney Connection, a premium broadband entertainment destination for kids and families.  Access to Disney Connection and the Disney Channel Games Arena Challenge is available at verizon.net/kids to all Verizon High Speed Internet and FiOS Internet customers at no extra charge.   Players can make their own avatar, play games, and earn digital trophies and rewards.  They also can choose to participate in training mode to fine-tune their skills on their own or join a tournament to play a variety of mini-games and challenge others in multi-player mode.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies.  Currently available in more than 95 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on 27 Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.

Disney Connection is a broadband service available to subscribers of Verizon FiOS Internet and other select high-speed Internet services as an added benefit to their regular monthly Internet service.  The unique online entertainment destination features full-length episodes of popular Disney Channel shows, a variety of games, and full access to the Disney premium online products Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online and Disney Game Kingdom.

Verizon's FiOS TV customers will find the Disney Channel Games first in the VOD library.  FiOS TV's industry-leading VOD family programming, which includes free content from the Disney Channel, offers a collection of on-demand programming for children and families and includes programming from Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids Sprout and others.  FiOS TV also offers free parental controls to help parents manage the content their children may view.  In addition to family fare, Verizon offers its FiOS TV subscribers more than 10,000 VOD titles each month, 70 percent of which are free.  The VOD library includes an increasing number of high-definition titles, with plans for 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by the end of the year.

FiOS TV is delivered over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network, straight to customers' doors.  Families can access interactive video services that help them save time and money, and enjoy unparalleled picture quality and programming choices for all their TV viewing. 

Verizon's fiber-optic network also delivers FiOS Internet service with download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps, as well as high-quality voice services.  Verizon's High Speed Internet service is delivered on a dedicated line from Verizon's central switching office to the customer's home or business and is backed by live, 24 x 7 customer service and technical support.

For more information about Verizon FiOS TV and FiOS Internet, customers can visit www.verizon.com/fios or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.  Customers interested in Verizon's High Speed Internet service can call 877-483-5898 or go to www.verizon.com/highspeed

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 67 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 employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.