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Verizon FiOS TV to add NBA League Pass and NBA TV

By Official Release
Posted Sep 23 2009 5:42PM

NEW YORK -- Verizon has entered into a multi-year agreement with NBA Digital to add NBA LEAGUE PASS and NBA TV to the FiOS TV channel lineup, providing basketball fans with access to a full season of the NBA through live games and original programming. The new agreement will expand the distribution of NBA TV to millions of new customers this year.

NBA LEAGUE PASS provides subscribers with up to 40 out-of-market, live NBA games each week to follow their favorite teams and players. Beginning today, and continuing through Nov. 4, customers can subscribe to NBA LEAGUE PASS for early-bird pricing of $169 for the season by calling Verizon at 888-553-1555.

NBA TV, the NBA's 24-hour digital television network, offers live NBA games and signature studio shows featuring an Emmy Award-winning roster of announcers. The network is a fan's all-access channel for everything basketball, delivering breaking news, statistics, and original programming -- in both standard-definition and HD. NBA TV will be available at no additional charge as part of FiOS TV's Extreme HD package, Verizon's most popular offering, together with ESPN HD, NFL Network HD and other popular programming services.

"FiOS TV is the best place to watch basketball and all other sports programming," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. "Our stunning picture-and-sound quality gives FiOS TV customers the equivalent of a courtside seat for the entire NBA season, enabling them to experience the excitement of the game from the comfort of their own home."

NBA LEAGUE PASS subscribers can also take advantage of the NBA LEAGUE PASS Stats Central channel, which provides real-time updates including scores, stats and league news from around the NBA.

"We are excited to expand distribution of NBA LEAGUE PASS and NBA TV via Verizon's state-of-the-art FiOS TV service," said Bryan Perez, senior vice president and general manager, NBA Digital, "NBA Digital's multi-platform capabilities marry perfectly with FiOS, allowing us to bring the best in NBA games and programming to Verizon customers."

NBA LEAGUE PASS and NBA TV join Verizon FiOS TV's extensive channel lineup, which offers customers more than 500 total channels, including over 118 HD channels, and more than 16,000 video-on-demand titles each month -- 70 percent of which are free. The service also offers an innovative Interactive Media Guide that provides next-generation, personalized interactive services, including free Facebook and Twitter social media applications, news and entertainment widgets, a robust search engine, and many other features.

For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV, visit www.verizon.com/newscenter and http://www.verizon.com/athomeblog.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 87 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About NBA Digital
NBA Digital is a landmark partnership between the National Basketball Association and Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting, Inc., to jointly manage the NBA's digital assets, which include NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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