LOS ANGELES and BEDMINSTER, NJ — FOX Sports Interactive Media (FSIM) and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, announced today that digests of FOX Sports-produced programming are now available on Verizon Wireless' new V CAST multimedia service. V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the first 3G wireless broadband consumer service in the country, allowing customers to view crystal clear short content on demand and 3D games 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. The V CAST coverage area, which mirrors Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network, is available more than 30 major metropolitan markets and covers more than 75 million people.
FOX Sports and FOX Sports Net (FSN) programming will be updated daily throughout each day. Regular programming includes video clips from "Best Damn Sports Show Period," "I, Max," "Beyond the Glory," a daily national update with "FOX Wire," plus extensive pre- and post- game coverage and interviews. Content from FSN also offers the displaced fan or the home-team fanatic video clips of in-depth coverage from its numerous Regional Sports Reports. Premier sporting events will also receive special coverage in addition to daily video clips, FSIM will deliver exclusive programming from FOX NFL Sunday that will feature daily reports from Jacksonville from both teams, pre- and post-game press conferences from both teams, Media Day features, full coverage from "Totally Football," segments from the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" from Jacksonville (five scheduled shows plus a special on Sunday) and coverage game day from NFL on FOX including pre-game and post-game shows.
"FSIM firmly believes in the future of content on mobile devices. We are determined to reward our mobile fans with the highest quality and most comprehensive sports video, games and news applications on this growing platform," said John Smelzer, vice president of business development of FOX Sports Interactive Media.
Verizon Wireless sports fans can get FOX Sports basic video clips included with their V CAST VPak for $15.00 monthly access addedadded to their regular Verizon Wireless calling plan, in addition to unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated videos clips from leading content providers, such as FOX Sports. Sports fans can find FOX Sports video clips in V CAST's getVIDEO category under Sports on their V CAST phones. Unlimited basic video clips are included, but application download fees still apply for 3D Games, premium video clips and all other Get It Now® applications. There are no airtime charges to download or stream V CAST video clips. 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 of Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0SM news and information service. In addition, customers can choose from premium content, available for an additional cost that will include 3D games, 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. The V CAST VPak also gives customers unlimited airtime to browse and view applications in the other familiar Get It Now shopping aisles such as getTONES and getGOING.
V CAST customers can find FOX Sports content on the new 3G-capable VX8000 phone the pinnacle of visual entertainment for the sports junkie. With the LG VX8000, V CAST customers can stream the latest sports video clips 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 V CAST and 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 FOX Sports video clips 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 FOX Sports, FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports Interactive Media
In just ten years of existence, FOX Sports has earned 60 Emmy Awards for excellence in the presentation of the biggest sporting events on television, more than any other network during the same stretch of time. FOX Sports is the exclusive network broadcast rights holder for Major League Baseball, the exclusive network broadcaster of NFC regular-season National Football League games and a rights holder of NASCAR Cup racing. FOX Sports Net reaches more than 81 million homes through its 20 regional sports channels, and serves as the only supplier of national, regional and local sports programming. FOX Sports Interactive Media (FSIM) develops new media initiatives for FOX Sports and FOX Sports Net. FSIM distribution channels include Internet (www.FOXsports.com), broadband, wireless and interactive television. FOXsports.com is a comprehensive and entertaining online source of sports news, information, listings, games and special features about programming on FOX Sports, FOX Sports Net, FOX Sports Radio and much more from the world of sports. FSIM is owned and managed by FOX Sports Networks, a subsidiary of FOX Entertainment Group (NYSE: FOX), a division of News Corp.