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Vidéotron’s network heats up the Zictor online gaming experience

Montréal, October 5, 2004 – Online video game buffs who subscribe to Vidéotron’s High-Speed Internet service can now rent their favourite games, including new releases, on the Zictor.com site. The games-on-demand service has been available since September 29, 2004.

Zictor.com is powered by Vidéotron’s reliable, high-performance Internet platform, which supports fast and secure downloads of large files.

The new online PC video game rental service, operated by Divertissements Zictor Inc., has a catalogue of over 200 titles from publishers such as Ubisoft, Atari, Activitivision, Eidos, Take-Two and Strategy First. The site is hosted by Vidéotron.

“The soaring popularity of online video games is attracting more customers to our High- Speed Internet and Extreme High-Speed Internet services,” said Stéphane Gendron, Senior Director, Marketing, Internet Products. “By hosting Zictor.com’s servers on Vidéotron’s system, we are providing our subscribers with the exciting video game experience they expect.”

Vidéotron was one of the first cable providers in North America to offer combined television and Internet access services over its unique two-way HFC (hybrid fibre/coax) broadband network. At the beginning of September, Vidéotron announced a phased increase of file transfer speeds on its High-Speed Internet and Extreme High-Speed Internet access services. As of November, download speeds will increase from 4.1 mbps to 5.1 mbps on the High-Speed Internet service and from 4.5 mbps to 6.5 mbps on the Extreme High-Speed Internet service.

Vidéotron ltée (www.videotron.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development and Internet access services. Vidéotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television system and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. Vidéotron serves 1,429,000 cable television customers in Québec; including over 287,000 illico subscribers. Vidéotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed cable Internet access, with 473,000 subscribers to its cable modem and dial-up services. 


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