[02/09/05 - 12:00 AM]
ABC Television Network Offers Primetime, Daytime and Late-Night Video Clip Content on V Cast from Verizon Wireless

[via press release from ABC]


Nation's First 3G Consumer Wireless Broadband Multimedia Service Delivers Short Content from Hit ABC Shows "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Alias" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

ABC Television and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, announced the availability of ABC Primetime, Daytime and Late-Night short content on Verizon Wireless' new V CAST 3G wireless broadband multimedia service.

With ABC Television short content on V CAST, Verizon Wireless customers have access to a host of ABC video clip content from ABC's Primetime, Daytime and Late-Night programming, including the number one new show of the year, "Desperate Housewives." Content such as show recaps, sneak peeks and talent interviews can be expected from "Desperate Housewives" and other ABC hit shows like "Lost" and "Alias." Extended short content, contestant audition tapes, commentary by makeover specialists may also be available from ABC reality shows "Extreme Makeover" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." "America's Funniest Home Videos" will keep customers laughing with an ongoing supply of home video clips. A daily "Soap 411" recap and teaser will be available for ABC's Daytime soaps "One Life to Live," "All My Children" and "General Hospital." Late night's Jimmy Kimmel will provide customers with a daily dose of comical bits from the previous night's show, and throughout the year video clips from such major events as the 77th Annual Academy Awards(r) will also be available. V CAST customers can find ABC programming in the Entertainment category in the V CAST Showcase channel under TV Time.

"Verizon Wireless is leading the way in delivery of high-quality mobile video, and ABC is proud to be able to supply video clips from several of our shows," said Bruce Gersh, senior vice president, ABC Business Development. "We feel that content from our ABC Primetime, Daytime and Late-Night lineup, combined with Verizon Wireless' network technology, allows us to work together to maximize the potential of this exciting new distribution medium."

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 and graphics for 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. V CAST is the first wireless service to offer ABC video content. It is available in more than 30 major metropolitan markets and covers more than 75 million people.

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, 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.

The ABC Television Network serves 225 affiliated television stations nationwide with quality, award-winning programming that includes many of the most widely viewed entertainment, news and sports series and specials. Primetime Entertainment on ABC crosses various programming genres with hit series like "Desperate Housewives," "Alias," "My Wife and Kids," "According to Jim," "Lost," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Wife Swap." ABC is also the home of Championship Sports, including "Monday Night Football" and next year's Super Bowl XL. Viewers turn to the network's regularly scheduled news programming, including "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," "Nightline," "Primetime Live" and "20/20" for information. In fact, more American's get their News from ABC News than from any other news source. The network has also been a longtime driving force in Daytime, with programs including "The View" and "General Hospital," as well as "All My Children," which is currently celebrating its 35th Anniversry. In Late-Night, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" recently celebrated its 2nd Anniversary. The ABC Television Network is owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Editors: High-resolution images of ABC video clips on V CAST are available online. Log on to www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia to preview and request images

  [february 2005]  

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