Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Verizon Expands Online Content Deals with ABC, Disney and ESPN

Verizon announced new broadband-enabled content, available to its consumer DSL and FiOS Internet access customers, from ABC News, Disney Online, ESPN and

The launch follows the announcement in September of wide-ranging video and broadband content agreements between Verizon and The Walt Disney Company. The online programming includes live video news feeds, live sports events, children's entertainment and other content specially targeted to broadband Internet users. Other special broadband content includes live local sports.

"The addition of rich content from Disney and ESPN Networks to our consumer broadband and FiOS TV services is another way we are continuously enhancing the value of broadband and our new fiber-optic network for Verizon customers," said Bob Ingalls, president of Verizon's Retail Markets Group.

Additionally, customers of Verizon FiOS TV, the company's fiber-optic television service, can now order more than 80 hours a month of free on-demand titles from Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Radio Disney, Jetix, ABC News, ABC Family, SOAPnet, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPNU.

Verizon is also offering its FiOS TV customers new-release movies from Buena Vista Pay Television (BVPTV) on demand for $3.95 each, including the upcoming "Flightplan" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Starting April 1, BVPTV will offer an array of on-demand library titles for FiOS TV customers for $2.95 each.


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