The Pirate Discovery App, the official mobile app for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Available on select Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets, the Pirate Discovery App immerses fans in a world of Pirates content before, during and after the movie is available in theaters on May 20th.
The Pirate Discovery App has exclusive content from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, including character stills, character bios and movie artwork. When the movie is available in theaters, the Pirate Discovery App will let customers browse local show times, find nearby theater locations and purchase tickets directly through the app. Moviegoers can also share their Pirate experiences by creating Facebook® and Twitter™ posts from within the app.
On May 7, Verizon Wireless customers who download the app to their smartphone or tablet will see a live stream from the world premiere, a pre-film event taking place at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. PST, app users will get a sneak peek of this once in a lifetime experience delivered right to their device. Also, from May 17 to June 14, Verizon Wireless customers will have exclusive access to Disney’s mobile game for Android™ phones, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas,” allowing them to create virtual pirates, customize ships, embark on quests and engage in simulated battles.
The Pirate Discovery App will also introduce a built-in rewards program that enables fans to unlock exclusive film-related content and merchandise by exploring and sharing information and content from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This rewards program will allow customers to access new video discovery and search technology from VideoSurf by simply pointing their mobile devices at a TV or computer screen to identify Verizon television and designated Web videos from the film to earn rewards that can be redeemed through the app.
“We’re all eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” said Suzy Deering, executive director of media and sponsorships at Verizon Wireless. “The Pirate Discovery App connects fans to the movie franchise in new ways and lets them go deep into Captain Jack Sparrow’s world.”
“With Captain Jack Sparrow returning for a new adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, we wanted to find ways to connect with the franchise’s incredibly dedicated fan base, as well as bring the world of Pirates to new platforms,” said Don Gross, vice president, global promotions, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing. “The team at Verizon has developed this amazing new app that allows us to do just that.”
The Pirate Discovery App is free to download for Verizon Wireless customers with select 3G and 4G Android mobile devices by texting “AHOY” to 52011 or by accessing it directly from Android Market™. A full list of devices that support the Pirate Discovery App, as well as additional access to an immersive, digital experience of the film, are available at Verizon Wireless’ official Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides website, www.climbaboard.com.
As part of a wide-ranging agreement between the Walt Disney Company and Verizon, FiOS TV customers will be able to watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater live online beginning today. To access the online programming, Verizon customers must subscribe to FiOS TV.
The online rights to the ESPN networks are part of a broader agreement, which also includes the full suite of cable services from the Walt Disney Company: ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD and the soon-to-be-launched Disney Junior, as well as retransmission consent for local ABC broadcast stations.
“Expanding our online video content to include the ESPN networks provides our FiOS customers with some of the best in sports programming, right at their fingertips,” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. “Whether watching FiOS on your TV, PC or mobile device, Verizon continues to make it easy for customers to view a growing amount of programming while on the go.”
Added David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, “Offering our live networks online further demonstrates our commitment to serving sports fans, and we couldn’t do it without the cooperation of forward-thinking distributors like Verizon FiOS. From today forward, FiOS TV customers can choose to watch ESPN on their big screen or on their computer screen – it’s a real sea change in our business and an indication of where our industry is heading.”
FiOS TV customers will be able to watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater live on their personal computers or laptops – at home or away – using any broadband connection. Buzzer Beater, which features live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college basketball games during each Wednesday and Saturday of the college basketball season, is normally only available to FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the Extreme HD or Ultimate HD TV packages but currently will be accessible to Prime TV package customers through a free preview. ESPN Goal Line, a similar service for college football season, will become available for online viewing when football season begins in September for FiOS TV customers subscribing to the Extreme HD or Ultimate HD packages.
Users will have several viewing options for the channels, including picture-in-picture, simultaneous viewing of more than one channel, and full-screen viewing of a single channel. Verizon and ESPN plan to make the programming available on other Internet enabled devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, in the near future.
In celebration of the sixth and final season for “Lost,” ABC and Verizon will give fans a unique opportunity to participate and say goodbye to one of the most iconic shows of all time. Fans will need to watch “Lost” on Tuesday, May 18 (9:00-10:02 p.m. ET) in order to get a special short code to text in their farewell messages. Only Verizon customers are eligible to submit and all texts must be received within 30 minutes after the special short code is aired on ABC. Standard text/data rates may apply.
Selected messages will then be used on-air on Sunday, May 23 during the retrospective special, “Lost: The Final Journey,” from 7:00-9:00 p.m., ET, which takes a look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking show that precedes the highly anticipated series finale, airing from 9:00-11:30 p.m., ET.
“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Terry O’Quinn as Locke and Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana.
“Lost” was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jean Higgins, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. “Lost,” which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii and premiered on September 22, 2004, is from ABC Studios.
Disney Parks has announced that Mobile Magic for Verizon customers is now live. Verizon customers wishing to subscribe to the application, which we talked about here, should text MAGIC to 2777 from their cell phones.
Verizon’s ‘Mobile Magic’ for Disney Parks Available November 2009; Parks to Introduce Mobile Sites for All
My oh my, it’s going to be a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day for many Verizon subscribers come November when the long awaited ‘Mobile Magic’ application from Verizon makes its debut.
The application, which will make use of GPS technology, will provide information to guests at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts such as park maps, character meet & greet information and attraction wait times. Mr. Bluebird tells us there will be a subscription fee of $9.95 for six months and that when it becomes available, Verizon customers will be able to purchase it by texting MAGIC to 2777 from their Verizon phones.
To make it even sweeter, the parks will also finally introduce mobile-friendly sites for anyone with a phone with an internet browser. The (let’s hope) iPhone and others-friendly websites will offer more generic information such as park hours, entertainment schedules and dining information. Those sites will be available at http://m.disneyworld.com and http://m.disneyland.com, so those with stubby fingers, start working on your bookmarks now!
Now that’s actual AND factual.
UPDATE: Via its blog, Disney Parks has released additional details. While in a park, details such as FASTPASS availability and current FASTPASS return windows will be available for that park only. In other parks as well as on the mobile sites, limited information will be available. This information as well as standby times come directly from Disney’s internal system.
SAN DIEGO, BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 7 — From CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2009® in San Diego, Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, and Disney Interactive Studios today announced that “Disneyland Kart Racer” is available on Verizon Wireless phones.
“Disneyland Kart Racer” puts Verizon Wireless subscribers in the driver’s seat as they race through some of the most popular Disneyland Park attractions. Disney fans will recognize popular race environments inspired by Disney attractions such as the water boats of Pirates of the Caribbean, the rocket ships of Space Mountain, the crazy cars of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and the mining carts of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. “Disneyland Kart Racer” features eight different tracks modeled in dazzling 3D and wacky power-ups and weapons along the way.
“‘Disneyland Kart Racer’ is a fast-paced thrill ride that is sure to appeal to Disney fans and gamers alike,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “We captured the essence of some of the park’s most famous rides to create fun-filled race environments that will challenge the entire family.”
Verizon Wireless customers can purchase and download “Disneyland Kart Racer” from the Verizon Exclusives folder on their Verizon Wireless feature phones. “Disneyland Kart Racer” is available for a $7.99 one-time fee for unlimited access or for a $3.49 monthly subscription on a number of popular phones from Verizon Wireless. Download charges vary and airtime or data charges may apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications.
Jonas Brothers Team Up with Verizon and LG Mobile Phones to Give Fans a Chance to Win a Kickball Game with the Band
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 7 — The Jonas Brothers, together with Verizon and LG Mobile Phones, are bringing fans a unique experience featuring new and innovative green screen technology on the U.S. portion of their “Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009.” Starting this week, all fans who create green screen videos at the Verizon/LG booth at Jonas Brothers shows, or those who create videos via their mobile phones or using their computer Web cams and register them at http://vcastlive.vzw.com/, will be entered for a chance to play the ultimate kickball game, live and in person, against Nick, Joe and Kevin.
“Playing live in front of our fans and interacting with them in new ways is really what it’s all about for us,” said Kevin Jonas. “Verizon and LG understand that and have come up with some really fun ways to add to the fan experience. I mean, a kickball contest? How cool is that?” Read more…