HOLLYWOOD, CA and BEDMINISTER, NJ — Twentieth Television and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, are bringing the drama and excitement of two mobisodes this week to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers "Love and Hate" and "The Sunset Hotel." V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the first true 3G wireless broadband consumer multimedia service in the country, allowing customers to view crystal clear video clips on demand because it runs on Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network the only widely available wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States.
Premiering exclusively on V CAST in the V CAST Showcase Channel on Wednesday, February 9, "The Sunset Hotel" is a gorgeous upscale hotel for the Los Angeles elite. Jack, its bartender, is impossibly out of his league when he falls in love with a hotel call girl, Bianca Novak. Both are entangled in a complex web when one of the hotel guests is murdered, and the jealous and vicious hotel manager, Peter, makes it his mission to exploit the situation with manipulation and blackmail. Peter had best watch his back, however, or he could be the next death at "The Sunset Hotel."
Premiering exclusively in the V CAST Showcase Channel on Thursday, February 10, "Love and Hate" follows the daily lives of a fictitious family over the course of six months, during which cameras document the emotional strains placed upon them by the many trials and tribulations the family members are experiencing. The improvised soap opera takes an up close and personal point-of-view of the destruction of son Allen's marriage between his wife Elizabeth and carefree daughter Lauryn's unexpected engagement to her newfound boyfriend, Paul.
"Love and Hate" introduces Twentieth Television's groundbreaking production approach it calls "manipulated reality," in which cast members work without a script and involve everyday citizens into their improvised performances and the series' storyline. "The Sunset Hotel" is entirely scripted.
Each Wednesday, the next new mobisode in "The Sunset Hotel" series will be available on V CAST, followed each Thursday by a new episode of "Love and Hate." Customers will be able to view two weeks worth of each mobisode on V CAST the latest mobisode and the previous mobisode will be available, enabling customers to look back one week before seeing the new mobisode.
The V CAST coverage area, which mirrors Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network, is available in more than 30 major metropolitan markets and covers more than 75 million people. For $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, customers get the V CAST VPak which includes unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading content providers. Unlimited basic video clips are included, but application download fees will still apply for 3D games, premium video clips, and all other Get It Now® applications. There are no airtime charges to download, stream and watch "The Sunset Hotel," "Love and Hate" and other V CAST content. For a limited time, customers who sign up for V CAST will receive two months of service free. Verizon Wireless V CAST customers also receive monthly access and unlimited browsing on Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0SM news and information service. In addition, customers can choose from premium video clip content, available at additional cost that will include music videos and more.
V CAST's array of hot new multimedia programming is located in the Get It Now virtual store customers can access video clips from favorite news, sports and entertainment providers in the getVIDEO shopping aisle and check out new cutting-edge 3D games in the getGAMES aisle. V CAST also gives customers unlimited airtime to browse applications in the other familiar Get It Now shopping aisles such as getTONES and getGOING but application download fees still apply.
V CAST customers can find "The Sunset Hotel" and "Love and Hate" in the V CAST Showcase Channel on the new 3G-capable VX8000 phone. With the LG VX8000, V CAST customers can stream mobisodes and other video with just a few clicks and experience outstanding clarity and sharpness. The LG VX8000 is available to Verizon Wireless customers for $199.99 after $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
(EDITORS: High-resolution images of "The Sunset Hotel" and "Love and Hate" on V CAST are available online. Log on to www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia to preview and request images.)
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Twentieth Television
A leader in the domestic program production and distribution arena, Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-run and off-network programming, as well as feature film packages to the syndication and cable marketplaces. First-run programming distributed by Twentieth Television includes "Good Day Live," "Divorce Court," "Texas Justice," "Ambush Makeover," the daily lifestyle program "Live Like A Star" and home makeover program "Design Invasion." One of the top suppliers of off-net product in the U.S., Twentieth Television also distributes the smash off-net hit sitcom "The Simpsons," as well as "Reba," "Yes, Dear," "The Bernie Mac Show," "King of the Hill," "Dharma & Greg" and "Malcolm in the Middle"; and spearheaded the precedent-setting off-net debuts of the ground-breaking dramas "The Practice," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The X-Files" and "Angel." The company is currently distributing "24" for a fall 2005 launch in off-net syndication.
About News Corporation
The News Corporation Limited (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP), parent company of Twentieth Television, had total assets as of June 30, 2004 of approximately US$52 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$20 billion. News Corporation is a diversified international media and entertainment company with operations in eight industry segments: filmed entertainment; television; cable network programming; direct broadcast satellite television; magazines and inserts; newspapers; book publishing; and other. The activities of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Basin.
For more information, please visit www.newscorp.com.