May 21, 2012 — LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) is rolling out the red carpet for one lucky movie buff. To celebrate the launch of Merge, its new high-speed Internet and streaming entertainment service, Windstream will launch an entertainment sweepstakes and embark on a 29-city tour this summer.

The Merge Ticket to Hollywood Sweepstakes will open Monday, May 21, 2012, and close Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Contestants can enter online on the Windstream Connects Facebook page for a chance to win the ultimate entertainment package. The grand prize winner, who will be announced on Sept. 6, will receive round-trip airfare for two to Los Angeles, Calif., a 5-night stay at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, two passes for a back-lot tour of a movie studio, $1,000 cash, one 60-inch flat-screen television, one year’s worth of movie tickets for two and a 1-year subscription to HuluPlus. Complete sweepstakes eligibility and guidelines can also be found on the Windstream Connects Facebook page.

In support of the sweepstakes, the Merge Ticket to Hollywood Tour will kick off Friday, May 25, in Harrison, Ark. Upon arrival in each of the 29 cities on the route, the tour’s brand ambassadors will visit local movie theatres and Windstream retail stores. Individuals will be able to enter the sweepstakes on-site, receive small prizes and learn more about Merge.

May 25: HARRISON, AR CARMIKE HARRISON 8
May 27: DALTON, GA CARMIKE 12
May 31: DOUGLAS, GA ROCKIN’ 8 CINEMAS
June 1: MILLEDGEVILLE, GA CARMIKE 6 CINEMAS
June 2: CANTON, GA CARMIKE RIVERSTONE 15
June 3: DAWSONVILLE, GA GTC DAWSON 400
June 8: LEXINGTON, SC REGAL PASTIME PAVILION 8
June 9: MATTHEWS, NC CINEMARK MOVIES 10
June 10: CONCORD, NC AMC CONCORD MILLS 24
June 15: MOORESVILLE, NC AMSTAR CINEMAS 14
June 17: MEADVILLE, PA MOVIES AT MEADVILLE
June 22: ASHTABULA, OH CARMIKE ASHTABULA MALL 6
June 23: HUDSON, OH REGAL HUDSON CINEMA 10
June 24: AURORA, OH CINEMARK BARRINGTON TOWN CENTER 10
June 29: HEATH, OH INDIAN MOUND 11
July 1: ASHLAND, KY CINEMARK MOVIES 10 – TOWN CINEMA
July 6-8: LEXINGTON, KY CINEMARK FAYETTE MALL
REGAL HAMBURG PAVILION 16
CINEMARK MOVIES 10 – WOODHILL
July 12: LONDON, KY REGENCY 8
July 13: NICHOLASVILLE, KY AMSTAR BRANNON CROSSING
July 14: CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY GREEN RIVER CINEMA 6
July 15: ELIZABETHTOWN, KY MOVIE PALACE
July 19: NEWTON, IA BIGTIME CINEMA – CAPITOL 2
July 20-21: LINCOLN, NE MARCUS LINCOLN GRAND CINEMA /
MARCUS SOUTH POINTE CINEMA
July 22: HASTINGS, NE RIVOLI THEATRE
July 27-29: BROKEN ARROW, OK CINEMARK BROKEN ARROW
Aug. 3: ESPANOLA, NM TRANS-LUX DREAM CATCHER
Aug. 5: HOBBS, NM ALLEN THEATRES – EAGLE 7
Aug. 10: SUGAR LAND, TX AMC FIRST COLONY 24
Aug. 12: TEXARKANA, TX TEXARKANA PAVILLION 14

Complete details on all dates, times and locations can be found on the Events tab of the Windstream Connects Facebook page.

The Merge Ticket to Hollywood Sweepstakes and Tour was created to bring awareness to Windstream’s entrance in the streaming entertainment space. Merge customers can customize their entertainment experience via a high-speed Internet connection and enjoy their unique entertainment choices directly on their television. A look at a portion of the company’s Merge broadcast advertising campaign is available on YouTube.

To experience Merge or to subscribe, visit www.mergenow.com.

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