DENVER, August 7, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced an agreement with Sony Pictures Digital Networks to provide some of today?s most popular Sony® entertainment and gaming services ? available at no additional charge to Qwest customers.
Sony Pictures Digital Networks and Qwest will provide customers with one-stop, high-speed access to these entertainment services via a user-friendly Web portal. Customers who choose MSN Broadband powered by Qwest can easily link to the Sony entertainment and gaming services included in the offer through one integrated site.
Customers purchasing MSN Broadband powered by Qwest within the next six months can select either a Broadband Games Pack from Sony ? a retail value of $110 ? or a Broadband Entertainment Pack from Sony ? a $169 retail value ? as a value-added feature available at no extra cost.
The Broadband Games Pack includes the following online and/or downloadable games:
- Wheel of Fortune®
- JEOPARDY! ®
- Charlie?s Angels® Angel X
- 30-day subscription to EverQuest®, the world?s #1 multiplayer online game
- 30-day subscription to the popular multiplayer online game PlanetSide?
The Broadband Entertainment Pack includes the following content, services and software:
- Movielink? movie downloads
- Music downloads from Sony Music
- Video and music creation software tools from Screenblast® ? a complete service for creating, enhancing and sharing videos, photographs and music featuring templates, scrapbooks, e-cards and Hollywood-style special effects
- 30-day subscription to SoapCity® Download, which allows soap fans to download popular daytime dramas such as ?Days of our Lives,? ?The Young and the Restless? and ?As the World Turns? to their PC
?Qwest is the first communications company to make complimentary packages of this scope available to customers through an integrated broadband experience,? said Annette Jacobs, Qwest executive vice president of consumer markets group. ?By providing customers with the most in-demand entertainment or gaming services, Qwest is able to provide something for everyone, whether they want to indulge their creative side, join hundreds of other users online playing Everquest, or simply sit back and enjoy their favorite movie or song.?
?We believe that rich media content and applications will further drive broadband adoption and customer retention across the industry,? said Michael Arrieta, senior vice president, strategic alliances, Sony Pictures Digital Networks. ?With our broad range of service offerings from Sony Pictures, Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Music and Movielink we are excited to partner with Qwest to give users dynamic and exciting content services that do just that.?
MSN Broadband powered by Qwest Offer
Customers who purchase a Qwest home-communications package, or the DISH Network America?s Top 100 package (or one of greater value) through Qwest, will receive the following pricing for 12 months on MSN Broadband powered by Qwest:
- $29.99 per month for 256 Kilobits per second
- $34.99 per month for up to 640 Kb
DISH Network/Qwest Offer
Colorado and Nebraska MSN Broadband powered by Qwest customers who purchase the DISH Network America?s Top 100 package (or one of greater value) through Qwest also will receive a $5 monthly discount on their DISH Network satellite TV service.
?Content will be a key driver of broadband adoption, particularly among more value oriented dial-up subscribers considering a high-speed Internet access purchase,? said Yankee Group Senior Analyst Michael Goodman. ?Qwest?s alliance with Sony integrates on-demand content with high-speed Internet access, providing consumers a unique broadband experience. With today?s announcement, Qwest is setting a new standard for entertainment and gaming-content delivery.?
Online gaming has increased in popularity and now includes business people, housewives, grandmothers, college students, young adults and children. People are using online gaming for personal entertainment as well as to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships. According to a Yankee Group report, by year-end 2007 more than 18 million console gamers will be playing online, and a broadband connection is proving critical to the gaming experience.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 50,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
About Sony Pictures Digital Networks
Sony Pictures Digital Networks is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital. The division leads the company's efforts to develop and provide new forms of online content, games, interactive programming, open-access video-on-demand, wireless and mobile entertainment to consumers worldwide. Through SoapCity, Screenblast, Sony Pictures Mobile, SPiN, the Advanced Platforms Group and GoPlayTV, Sony Pictures Digital Networks is committed to making information and entertainment available anywhere, anytime on any enabled device. Sony Pictures Digital is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. For more information please visit www.sonypictures.com.
EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH), through its DISH Network?, is a leading U.S. provider of satellite television entertainment services with 8.53 million customers.
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