RCN Corporation to Launch Big Ten Network in Chicago and Pennsylvania Markets
Sept. 28, 2007
HERNDON, VA and CHICAGO, IL - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of video, data, and voice services to residential, small business and commercial customers, and the Big Ten Network today announced that RCN will provide Big Ten Network to its expanded basic television customers in metropolitan Chicago and in its Pennsylvania markets in time for this weekend's football action.
By adding RCN, Big Ten Network has recently entered into carriage agreements with every one of the major alternatives to the biggest cable system operators that currently provide local service within the eight states where there are Big Ten institutions. The agreement helps boost Big Ten Network's reach beyond 30 million homes, making Big Ten Network the only new network in cable or satellite television history to surpass 30 million homes in its first 30 days. In fact, no other new cable or satellite network has surpassed 30 million homes in its first year, and only five others have achieved that milestone within their first two years.
""RCN prides itself on providing our customers with comprehensive choices in sports programming. Therefore we are excited to bring the Big Ten Network to two of the most important areas surrounding Big Ten institutions,"" said RCN President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Aquino. ""We're pleased to have reached an agreement to bring the Big Ten Network to our customers throughout Chicago and our Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania markets where these schools and their activities are often seen as cornerstones to the local community.""
Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman added: ""RCN is a very important addition to our growing list of distributors, because they offer another exciting alternative to the people in Chicago, Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley markets who consider themselves part of the Big Ten community. We've now reached agreements with every one of the top alternative video, satellite and even telephony-based video suppliers serving the eight states where there are Big Ten institutions, plus another 140 or so smaller, community-based cable systems. Though we have a ways to go, we're very proud that Big Ten Network is the first new network in the history of cable or satellite television to surpass 30 million homes within its first 30 days on the air.""
The Big Ten Network will be carried on RCN's expanded basic service in Chicago communities including the Gold Coast lakefront, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Streeterville, Hyde Park, Rogers Park and several other regions that surround Northwestern University. RCN will similarly provide Big Ten Network to its expanded basic customers in Eastern Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley, adjacent to Big Ten powerhouse Penn State University.
With the addition of RCN, the Big Ten Network counts half of the largest video service providers in the eight states where there are Big Ten universities among its early carriers. Big Ten Network offers fans 400 live events this year, including 39 football games, 140 regular season men's basketball games, Big Ten Championships and other NCAA championship sports, with most carried in stunning high-definition.
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