News Release

Verizon Wireless Customers Can Now Watch Full-Length Episodes Of Hit BET Shows On Their Phones

BET's "Hell Date" and "Comic View: One Mic Stand" Now Available On Verizon Wireless' V CAST Video Service

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September 9, 2008

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com  
908-559-7519
917-968-9175 (mobile)

Debra Lewis
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908-559-7512
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Bernadette Simpao
BET Networks
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212-205-3154

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and NEW YORK, NY — From CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008 in San Francisco, Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, and BET Networks, the leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience, today announced Verizon Wireless customers can now watch full-length episodes from hit BET shows on their V CAST Video-capable phones.

Full-length episodes of the following BET shows are now available in the Comedy category on V CAST Video from Verizon Wireless:

  • “Hell Date Season 2” – BET’s hit reality, dating, prank show returned for a second season for even more laughs.
  • “Comic View: One Mic Stand” – Known for showcasing the funniest comedians on television, BET’s “Comic View” has been a national TV launching pad for several comic headliners, such as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. This season the BET classic is reborn as “Comic View: One Mic Stand,” hosted by actor/comedian Kevin Hart, delivers the best stand-up comedy on television.

With full-length programming on V CAST Video, customers can watch episodes from their favorite shows in a series of bite-sized video clips, giving them the ability to catch up on their favorite shows, at their convenience when away from home.

Customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3.00 for 24-hour use or by signing up for the $15.00 V CAST VPak monthly subscription, which also includes access to Verizon Wireless’ ESPN MVP, Get It Now® and Mobile Web services. Customers get unlimited basic video – including video from BET – but application download fees may apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime or megabyte charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content with any V CAST subscription.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. For more information about BET Networks, please visit www.bet.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households according to Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks – BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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