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V CAST launches today
Posted: 01-Feb-2005 [Source: Mobile Tech News]

[Verizon Wireless' V CAST 3G EV-DO service launches today offering music videos, 3D games, on-demand video clips featuring tv entertainment, news updates and sports highlights. For a limited time, customers who sign up for V CAST get two free months of service.]

By Jean Panke -- Verizon Wireless has been building momentum over the past several months in anticipation of today's V CAST launch. V CAST is the new news and entertainment venue running on the Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO network available in more than 30 markets across the US. The EV-DO service was initially launched commercially with BroadbandAccess wireless Internet access service. Broadband Access averages download speeds of 300-500 kbps.

V CAST is available to Verizon Wireless subscribers for an additional $15.00 per month. For that amount, customers get the V CAST VPak which includes unlimited access to more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading news, sports, weather and entertainment content providers. However, application download fees still apply for 3D games, premium short content, and all other Get It Now(R) applications.

V Cast content includes short-content video from NBC Mobile, CNNtoGO Video, and MarketWatch from Down Jones & Company. Weather content is available from AccuWeather and sports highlights are provided by ESPN and Fox. Entertainment content includes VH1, Comedy Central, E! Entertainment Television, Just For Laughs, Sesame Street, and CinemaElectric. V CAST Showcase includes movie previews, DVD previews and short content from network TV daytime and prime-time programming. V CAST Showcase is also set to feature mobile programming "24 Conspiracy," "Sunset Hotel," and "Love and Hate."

Warner Music Group (WMG) announced today the launch of the nation's first mobile music video download service on V CAST. WMG is the first major music company to make its music video catalog of new stars and legendary artists available for download to consumers in the U.S. on their wireless phones. V CAST customers can enjoy a rotating catalog of music videos from some of the hottest WMG artists. The music video catalog will be updated once a week.

A variety of 3D games are also available including Asphalt: Urban GT, AMF Bowling, Evel Knievel 3D, Disney's Kingdom Hearts 3D, S.W.A.T. The Movie: 3D Game, Spiderman 2 3D: NY Rooftops, and JAMDAT 3D Bowling.

All V CAST content is located in the Get It Now virtual store. Video clips will be refereshed daily throughout the day and will be between 30 seconds and three minutes in length. 3D games are avilable in the getGAMES aisle. Customers can access WMG music videos in the getVIDEO shopping aisle. Once in the getVIDEO shopping aisle, customers simply scroll to the Entertainment category and click on Music Videos to download WMG music videos.

V CAST is available on the new LG VX800 for $199.99 after $70 rebate and two-year customer agreement, the Samsung a890 priced at $249.99 after a $70 rebate and two-year agreement, and the CDM8940 from UTStarcom for $229.99 after $70 rebate and two-year agreement.

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