Verizon FiOS Launches STARZ PLAY And ENCORE PLAY Authenticated Online Services

Verizon FiOS Launches STARZ PLAY And ENCORE PLAY Authenticated Online Services

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon and
Starz announced today the launch of the STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY
authenticated online services for Verizon FiOS TV's STARZ and ENCORE
customers. The STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY services offer portable and online
access to the best of the STARZ and ENCORE exclusive movies and originals
premium programming at no extra charge.


STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available
as free downloads from the App Store. The STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY PC/Mac®
interfaces are available at and
Verizon's FiOS TV customers also can access the online programming at STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY are U.S. services and
accessible currently through Wi-Fi and broadband connections.Cellular
connectivity and support for Android phones/tablets and gaming consoles are
expected to be launched in the future.

"We are delighted to further enhance the great entertainment value that FiOS
offers with the addition of STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY for our customers,"
said Terry Denson, Vice President of Content Strategy and Acquisition for
Verizon. "Complimentary portable and online viewing of premium content is a
great way to increase the value of our customers' subscriptions and we are
very pleased to work with Starz to help deliver the best value for our FiOS

"Starz is very pleased that Verizon FiOS is the latest addition to its growing
list of PLAY distribution partners. STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY offer a simple
and intuitive design in concert with a terrific complement of movies and
original programming that greatly enhances the value proposition of the
premium subscriptions," said Ed Huguez, President of Affiliate Distribution
for Starz. "The STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY services are enjoying a warm and
enthusiastic reception from our distribution partners and their subscribers
and we look forward to more rollouts and service enhancements throughout the

More about the PLAY Services
STARZ PLAY offers approximately 400 monthly selections, including 300 movies
comprising first-run films from Disney (Brave, The Muppets) and Sony (The
Amazing Spider-Man, Men in Black 3) and other great films from a wide
selection of Hollywood studios, and 100 episodes of exclusive STARZ Original
series, including "Spartacus," "Magic City," and "Da Vinci's Demons" (April
2013). ENCORE PLAY offers about 900 monthly selections, with 300 movies and
select series (Cars 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Lord
of the Rings: The Return of the King, "Titanic: Blood and Steel").

Easy set-up of parental controls provides families with options for limiting
content accessibility. Menus, screens and commands are optimized for
touchscreens to provide a fun, but efficient, means to drop down and swipe
through the quality content selection and viewership controls. Facebook and
Twitter integrations let fans talk about the latest episode of their favorite
STARZ Original series or big hit movie.

For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV, visit and

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network,
with more than 98 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides
converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues,
Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 183,400. For more information,

About Starz
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and
entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription
video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks),
global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and
movie production (Starz Animation),

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming
through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium
original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors,
including cable operators, satellite television providers, and
telecommunications companies. As of September 30, 2012, STARZ and ENCORE serve
a combined 55 million subscribers, including 21 million at STARZ, and 34
million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels
in the U.S. STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks' third flagship
brand, MOVIEPLEX®, air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear
networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through
STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops,
produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers
globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz
Distribution's home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business
units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as
entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces
animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and
audiences worldwide.

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