Verizon Goes to Disneyland for Content

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Verizon Communications Inc.’s Verizon FiOS TV and digital-subscriber-line services got a new shot of programming ammunition courtesy of the “Mouse House,” including entertainment and information programming from ABC News, Disney Online, ESPN and Movies.com (movies.go.com) that can be viewed on their TV or computer screens.

Based on a deal struck back in September with The Walt Disney Co., Verizon has added a full lineup of Disney and ESPN content to its FiOS consumer broadband-Internet and FiOS TV services delivered over fiber-optic connections, as well its Verizon Online service for DSL customers.

Programming includes live video-news feeds, live sports events, children's entertainment and content specially aimed at broadband Internet users. It also includes sports content targeting specific regions, such as the recent Villanova-South Florida men's basketball game streamed live exclusively for Verizon Online customers in the Tampa, Fla., area on the ESPN360 Internet sports portal.

Other content includes ABC News Now, the Disney Connection children’s channel and the new Movies.com Max Internet portal featuring movie trailers and reviews. Later this year, Verizon will add SOAPNETIC, a broadband service from SOAPnet.

In addition, FiOS TV customers will now have access to a new raft of on-demand content, including more than 80 hours of free programming from Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Radio Disney, Jetix, ABC News, ABC Family, SOAPnet, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPNU. Pay-for-play movies from Buena Vista Pay Television will also be offered at $3.95 per title.

Starting April 1, Buena Vista Pay Television will add another batch of on-demand titles for $2.95 each.

“As broadband continues to grow, it's critical for us to offer our top properties to those turning to the Internet and video-on-demand for a quality entertainment experience,” said Ben Pyne, president of Disney and ESPN Networks’ affiliate sales and marketing.

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