SOURCE: RCN

RCN

August 04, 2009 07:00 ET

RCN Selects TiVo as Its Primary DVR Platform

TiVo's Rich, Unique Feature Set Combined With RCN's Digital and VOD Programming and Access to Diverse Library of Broadband Content Expected to Lead the Market

HERNDON, VA and ALVISO, CA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), 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, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., as well as high-capacity transport services to carrier and large enterprise customers, and TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), have entered into a strategic relationship for RCN to offer co-branded, uniquely configured TiVo High Definition DVRs to its residential and small business customers. With TiVo as its primary DVR offering, RCN will provide customers with the richest DVR feature set and most advanced converged television and internet experience available.

Peter D. Aquino, CEO of RCN, stated, "RCN, the pioneer of triple play technology, is proud to partner with TiVo, the pioneer of DVR technology, to offer our customers a unique content and feature rich experience that is superior to any cable or satellite offering available today. The TiVo® DVR from RCN is a truly innovative convergence of video and broadband programming controlled through a single user interface that is simple, intuitive, and dramatically different from that of other DVRs. We are always looking for ways to improve our customers' experience, and TiVo brings us the best feature set at a very compelling value while also allowing us to deploy these new services faster than our competitors because we can leverage our current infrastructure."

Expected to launch in early 2010, the TiVo DVR from RCN will provide customers with a first of its kind video experience by fully integrating RCN's digital programming and Video on Demand (VoD) library with a wide variety of broadband delivered video programming -- this means that RCN customers will have access to a vast library of programming not available through traditional cable or satellite services.

Tom Rogers, president and CEO of TiVo, stated, "We are thrilled with this relationship because RCN is stepping up to be the first cable provider to offer the TiVo hardware and software as its primary DVR product, giving its customers total control over a truly integrated, 100% digital experience that combines traditional television programming with the rapidly growing universe of internet delivered content. This is a great marriage of TiVo's and RCN's histories of innovation and our respective roadmaps for the future of television where millions of shows must be made searchable and accessible on-demand, in an elegant, consumer-friendly manner. Soon, RCN subscribers will have at their fingertips the most advanced television experience bar none."

With the TiVo DVR from RCN, users will be able to access all of the following through a single remote control:

--  Emmy award-winning TiVo features -- Record every episode of a favorite
    show with Season Pass™ recordings; control show playback; automatically
    find & record anything with WishList® searches; receive personalized
    suggestions; and schedule recordings on the web or with TiVo Mobile.
--  Search by keyword -- Provides subscribers with the cable industry's
    first-ever comprehensive keyword search across Linear TV, broadband, and
    VOD.
--  RCN Video on Demand -- An industry breakthrough allows users to access
    and order all RCN VoD programming, including network and premium channel
    shows, movies, sports, international programs, and millions of broadband
    videos through TiVo's single search function.
--  Broadband Programming -- Download movies from Amazon Video on Demand,
    watch music videos, and stream thousands of free radio stations.
--  Interactive Applications -- View pictures and listen to music stored
    on a home personal computer, view your photos from Picasa Web Albums™
    from Google or Photobucket, listen to millions of songs from Rhapsody,
    order Domino's pizza or Fandango movie tickets, receive weather reports and
    traffic updates, play games.
--  TiVoToGo™ Transfers -- Easily take shows with you on your laptop,
    media device, or Smartphone (e.g. iPod/iPhone, PSP, Blackberry, etc.)
--  Whole Home DVR -- Connect two or more TiVo DVRs from RCN through a
    home network to enable seamless multi-room viewing and recording.
--  TiVo KidZone -- These simple family-friendly features provide parents
    a second line of defense when they can't be in the room.
--  Western Digital's My DVR Expander -- An attachable drive with hundreds
    of extra recording hours.
    

Visit www.rcn.com/tivo for the latest information on the upcoming RCN-TiVo DVR.

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), http://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 TiVo Inc.

Founded in 1997, TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) developed the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). TiVo offers the TiVo service and TiVo DVRs directly to consumers online at www.tivo.com and through third-party retailers. TiVo also distributes its technology and services through solutions tailored for cable, satellite, and broadcasting companies. Since its founding, TiVo has evolved into the ultimate single solution media center by combining its patented DVR technologies and universal cable box capabilities with the ability to aggregate, search, and deliver millions of pieces of broadband, cable, and broadcast content directly to the television. An economical, one-stop-shop for in-home entertainment, TiVo's intuitive functionality and ease of use puts viewers in control by enabling them to effortlessly navigate the best digital entertainment content available through one box, with one remote, and one user interface, delivering the most dynamic user experience on the market today. TiVo also continues to weave itself into the fabric of the media industry by providing interactive advertising solutions and audience research and measurement ratings services to the television industry. www.tivo.com

TiVo, 'TiVo, TV your way.', Season Pass, WishList, TiVoToGo, Stop||Watch, Power||Watch, and the TiVo Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide. © 2009 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to, among other things, the future availability and timing and the expected features and functionality of the TiVo DVRs and TiVo service to be deployed by RCN to its customers. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as, "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "intend," "estimate," "continue," or similar expressions or the negative of those terms or expressions. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include delays in development, competitive service offerings and lack of market acceptance, as well as the other potential factors described under "Risk Factors" in each company's public reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each company cautions you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect an analysis only and speak only as of the date hereof. Each company disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    For RCN:
    Richard Ramlall
    SVP Strategic External Affairs and Programming, RCN
    703-434-8430

    Carolyn Capaccio, CFA
    Lippert/Heilshorn & Assoc.
    212-838-3777
    Email Contact

    Media:
    Mike Houghton
    Communicreate
    703-799-7383
    Email Contact

    For TiVo:
    Erik Milster
    212-446-1866
    Email Contact