LAS VEGAS, BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and RALEIGH, NC — From CTIA WIRELESS 2008, Verizon Wireless, the builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, and News Over Wireless, a company that partners with television stations to deliver local TV news content formatted for mobile phones, today announced the My Local TV News video channel is now available on Verizon Wireless' V CAST Video service. With the My Local TV News channel on V CAST, customers can access more than 1,000 local news and sports videos from television stations across the United States on their phones.
Jennifer Byrne, director of V CAST Video and social media for Verizon, said, "Verizon Wireless customers want to stay connected to what's going on while on-the-go and the addition of My Local TV News to V CAST Video helps them stay up-to-date with local news, sports and more."
V CAST Video customers can access My Local TV News in the News category. From there, customers can choose their U.S. region and city, then the individual station. To date, News Over Wireless has partnered with more than 80 TV stations to deliver local TV news content, formatted for mobile phones, including CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates. Its partner stations reach almost 70 percent of the total U.S. market.
"The local news, weather and sports coverage that My Local TV News provides is perfect for the V CAST Video service. It gives Verizon Wireless customers access to the information they need and use every day, directly from the local stations they know and trust," said Sam Matheny, general manager of News Over Wireless. "V CAST is a great way to reach viewers who want local news content that fits with their busy lives."
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 2.0(SM) services. Customers get unlimited basic video including My Local TV News but application download fees apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime or megabyte charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content with any V CAST subscription.
My Local TV News is also available on Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0-enabled phones as a premium site that provides text stories, pictures, animated weather maps, and traffic cameras.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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 News Over Wireless and Capitol Broadcasting CompanyNews Over Wireless is part of CBC New Media Group, LLC, a division of Capitol Broadcasting Company. News Over Wireless works with local television stations and wireless phone carriers to provide local news on mobile phones through video channels, downloadable applications and mobile web sites. For more information, visit www.newsoverwireless.com. Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, Microspace, the North Carolina News Network, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Marketing in Raleigh, NC; WJZY-TV and WMYT-TV in Charlotte, NC; WILM-TV in Wilmington, NC; WRAZ-TV and The Durham Bulls in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office building in Durham, NC.####