US multiplay operator RCN has confirmed its commercial launch of Ultra HD services through a partnership with satellite operator SES. RCN is featuring seven dedicated 4K channels from the North American SES Ultra HD Platform, which will be available on RCN’s Signature TV channel tier for new and existing customers.
RCN’s initial 4K launch will feature a broad range of Ultra HD channels, including Insight TV, Travelxp 4K, The Country Network, NASA TV UHD, C4K360, NatureVision TV, and UHD1, as well as special 4K live events coverage. To provide this selection, RCN is leveraging the content and reach of the SES Ultra HD platform, the world’s largest single source of linear 4K programming.
The SES Ultra HD Platform, supplying the linear 4K channels, will deliver the content over its satellite fleet, which has 100 per cent cable penetration over the United States. The content is delivered seamlessly to subscribers without buffering or network congestion as can be the case with OTT 4K.
The new 4K channels will be offered in conjunction with RCN’s 4K-enabled set top boxes and Advanced TiVo Experience and voice remote. To receive the new 4K channels, customers must subscribe to RCN Signature Digital TV and have a 4K TV and 4K set-top box, along with Internet service. In addition to the new 4K programming, RCN customers can utilise 4K technology through streaming apps including Netflix, Hulu, HBOGO and more – all easily accessible with RCN’s set–top boxes and voice remote.
“With the addition of seven new 4K channels, RCN has become the premier destination for 4K content,” declared Chris Fenger, COO of RCN. “Not only will customers enjoy a crystal-clear picture for sports, shows and movies, but also will be able to use the 4K technology with their favourite streaming apps – providing a seamless user experience. RCN will continue to ensure that we offer new and innovative technology, and with 4K, we deliver an enhanced viewing experience to our customers.”
“SES is thrilled to play a pivotal role in RCN’s 4K services launch to millions of customers from Chicago and Philadelphia to Boston and Washington, DC,” added Steve Corda, Vice President of Media Platforms for SES in North America. “Our SES Ultra HD platform represents the world’s largest source of 4K linear content and live events coverage, enabling RCN to offer an immersive television viewing experience like no other.”
“We’re partnering with the world’s leading distribution providers to ensure that our 4K UHD content is delivered globally,” adds Angela Borrillo, Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, Insight TV. “We’re delighted to kick off 2019 with this announcement, which further highlights our growing presence in the US. We seek to connect audiences worldwide with exciting stories based on topics that are trending around the world.”