SOURCE: RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation

February 24, 2010 12:09 ET

RCN Scores With Launch of Brazilian Soccer Channel, PFC

The 24-Hour, Portuguese-Language Channel to Appear on RCN Channel 925 in Lehigh Valley & RCN Channel 542 in All Other Markets

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI) announced today that it now carries PFC, the only 24-hour, Portuguese-language channel dedicated exclusively to Brazilian soccer. PFC has the best commentators who present Brazilian football scores, unforgettable classic games and special sports shows such as the Brasileirao championship and state championships from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul. Viewers can also enjoy rebroadcasts of the week's top games.

RCN Corporation is a leading provider of all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet, and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers, in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, PA, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well as high-capacity transport services to carrier and large enterprise customers.

"Our company is a leader in providing our subscribers with international viewing choices," said RCN's Strategic External Affairs & Programming Senior Vice President Richard Ramlall. "With PFC bringing soccer fans and Brazilians living abroad such exciting sports programming, we're very pleased to add the channel to our lineup." 

Besides the live matches of the lineup, subscribers have access to 24 hours of football on TV, as well as TV news, round tables, the best moments of the sport and the most beautiful goals. PFC programmer schedule also displays four programs from the Brazilian sports specialized channel SporTV, focusing the content in football, with shows like "Troca de Passes," "Redação SporTV" and "SporTV News." It also has the "É Gol!" on the breaks. PFC also displays the interactive program "Marca do Gol," which is also present in Brazilian PFC and shows the most dramatic goals chosen by subscribers via the channel's Web site, www.pfc.tv.

Another important program is "Resumo PFC." Within minutes, subscribers can watch highlights and interviews of the games of the round, with a summary of what happened in his favorite championship.

The channel, which appears on RCN Channel 925 in Lehigh Valley and RCN Channel 542 in all other markets, is available to RCN Essentials tier or higher subscribers a la carte for $19.95 per month. Also, these subscribers can purchase a TV Globo and PFC bundle for $29.95 per month.

About RCN Corporation
RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), www.rcn.com, is a competitive broadband services provider delivering all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through its RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)

About PFC
PFC International was launched in 2007 and is the first football channel in export model. Last year broke the record of transmissions since its launch, with 528 live matches broadcasted from Series A and B of the Brazilian Championship, Regional Championships, Brazilian Cup, Indoor soccer, Showbol, Female football, among others. The International Business Departmente of TV Globo is the responsible for the negotiation and the distribution to new operators.

It is present in ten countries / operators: Portugal (Sonae-Clix, MEO, Zon TV and Cabovisão and Vodafone), France (Free), United States (Dish Network, DirecTV, Comcast and Time Warner), Canada (Next), Nigeria (Trend TV), Trinidad and Tobago (Flow), Angola and Mozambique (Multichoice), Uruguay (Montecable and Nuevo Siglo) and Chile (GTD).

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Lisa Barder
    RCN Corporation
    (215) 355-7175
    Lisa.Barder@rcn.net

    Michele Murphy
    RCN Corporation
    (703) 434-8471
    Michele.Murphy@rcn.net

    Mauro Rodrigues
    Textual Serviços de Comunicação - PFC PR Agency
    (55 21) 3206-6203

    Vitor Daltro
    Textual Serviços de Comunicação - PFC PR Agency
    (55 21) 3206-6204