Verizon to Press 'Starz Play'

NEW YORK and ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Verizon and Starz Entertainment announced Tuesday (May 27) a comprehensive, multiyear agreement that will bring exclusive hit movies from Starz to Verizon's more than 8.5 million broadband subscribers and the full array of Starz products to Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet (digital subscriber line) customers.

Verizon's broadband customers can now visit www.verizon.net/starzplay to subscribe to Starz Play. Customers can access the service anywhere inthe United States to watch live Starz programming and to download and view movies and videos an unlimited number of times at no additional charge. The movies include blockbusters such as "Ratatouille," "Spider-Man(TM)3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

(NOTE: Screen shots of the Starz Play service are available for download at http://verizon.wieck.com/.)

The two companies also announced an extension and expansion of their current FiOS TV affiliation agreement, which was signed in April 2005. The new agreement secures delivery of all 16 Starz(R), Encore(R) and MoviePlex(R) premium commercial-free movie channels, the company's HD channels, and the associated Starz Entertainment subscription VOD offerings: Starz On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore On Demand and Encore HD On Demand.

All Starz HD offerings are presented in Dolby(R) Digital 5.1 surround sound, a powerful audio format that provides crystal-clear digital surround sound that brings entertainment to life.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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