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  • Verizon and The Walt Disney Company Sign Long-Term Programming - PRNewswire 09/21/05

    Press Release from PRNewswire - September 21, 2005
    Verizon and The Walt Disney Company Sign Long-Term Programming Agreement

    Verizon FiOS TV to Offer 12 Disney and ESPN Networks on Expanded Basic As Well
    As Broadband Products ABC News Now, Disney Connection, ESPN360 and More

    Agreement Includes Cooperative Plan to Help Curb Internet Piracy of
    Disney's Copyrighted Material

    NEW YORK and BURBANK, Calif. -- Verizon and The Walt Disney Company today
    announced a long-term, wide-ranging programming agreement for multiple Disney
    and ESPN networks and services.

    Under the agreement, Verizon will carry 12 television services on Verizon
    FiOS TV's expanded basic, including ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel,
    ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Toon Disney and
    SOAPnet. Verizon will also be granted retransmission consent of ABC's owned
    and operated television stations as part of the agreement.
    "This is a significant step forward in the effort toward inter-industry
    cooperation in addressing the serious problem of copyright infringement over
    the Internet. At the same time, Verizon continues its commitment to
    protecting the privacy of Verizon subscribers and only providing identifying
    information about such subscribers in response to subpoenas properly issued by
    the courts," said Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon.

    "At Disney we are committed to providing our content on multiple platforms
    so that consumers have choice and flexibility when making their entertainment
    decisions. We commend Verizon for doing its part in promoting legitimate
    channels for content distribution and for its leadership in helping curb
    Internet-based copyright infringement," said Robert A. Iger, president, COO
    and CEO-Elect, The Walt Disney Company. "Working together to address piracy we
    can help to ensure that the same content Verizon is distributing legally under
    this deal will not be downloaded illegally."

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