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RCN Corporation

July 13, 2010 08:30 ET

The Next Digital Revolution Is Here -- RCN Debuts TiVo Premiere in Boston

RCN Customers to Access Best of HD TV, Movies, Web and Music With the All-in-One TiVo Premiere

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -   RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of all-digital and high definition video, high-speed Internet, and premium voice services, and TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced the launch of TiVo® Premiere from RCN in the Boston, Mass. area.

RCN is the first all-digital TV and broadband provider to have TiVo as its primary provider of DVRs. This co-branded, uniquely configured product for RCN's residential and small business customers goes dramatically beyond the traditional DVR. TiVo Premiere enables RCN customers to combine their digital TV, movies, web and music all into one box.

With built-in broadband capabilities, customers can access entertainment from a variety of sources, all through one remote and one easy-to-use interface. In addition to accessing RCN's Video On Demand (VOD) library, customers can link via broadband to rent movies from additional video on demand services, watch YouTube videos and stream music. FrameChannel, TiVo Premiere's latest application, combines the Web and television even further, bringing social media content, such as Facebook photo and status updates, local news, sports, stock quotes and weather directly to the TV. Additionally, TiVo Premiere can access songs, photos and movies saved on a personal computer.

"RCN customers are savvy and understand how technology can change their lives," said Richard Wadman, VP and GM of RCN Boston. "That is why they choose RCN as their telecommunications provider, and that is why we are excited to offer the TiVo Premiere's one-of-a-kind HD experience that brings the Internet to the TV and further differentiates us from the competition."

Wadman added, "The initial launch of TiVo Premiere to RCN customers in Washington, D.C. and New York City has exceeded our expectations. RCN customers have been incredibly happy with the TiVo Premiere from RCN, making it an easy choice to quickly offer it in our Boston market."

"We are very excited to have RCN expand its TiVo Premiere offering to the Boston area," said David Sandford, VP and GM of TiVo's service provider business. "With TiVo Premiere from RCN, customers will receive access to an unmatched set of content choices, as well as online, mobile and home networking features not available from any other provider in the Boston market."

Previously launched in Washington, D.C. and New York City, upcoming market launches include Chicago, Philadelphia, and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. In Boston, it will be offered as part of a bundled package of digital TV and high-speed Internet services. Pricing, availability, and more information is available by calling 1-800-RING-RCN (746-4726) and on http://www.rcn.com/tivoboston.

Features offered include:

  • Vast Video On Demand and Music Library: Access thousands of hours of VOD from RCN, as well as broadband content options such as YouTube™, Rhapsody® and more.
  • Integrated search: Instantly scans across all programs -- TV, VOD and online content -- to find exactly what a user wants to watch.
  • Interactive applications: Allow viewers to access local news, sports and weather, as well as Facebook and Twitter™, right from the TV.
  • Automatic recordings: Records a user's favorite shows each week (minus the repeats, of course) automatically with TiVo's Season Pass® Recordings; plus TiVo WishList® finds programs based on the user's interests and records them whenever they're on.
  • Remote scheduling: Search for shows and schedule recordings from the Web or from a mobile phone at http://m.tivo.com.
  • TiVoToGo transfers: Take shows anywhere by transferring them from the TiVo DVR to a laptop, media device or smart phone.*
  • Multi-room viewing: Record a show on one TiVo DVR and watch it on another in the house.*
  • Control live TV: Allows pause, rewind, slow-mo and instant replay functions from live TV.
  • Content storage: Records up to 45 hours of high-definition (HD) programming or up to 400 hours of standard-definition programming -- that's more than 16 days of content!
  • Full HD support: 1080p and 1080i HD formats are fully supported.

*Only unprotected video programming may be transferred using multiroom viewing or TiVoToGo.

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 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, and the TiVo Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide. © 2010 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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 applications from Pandora Internet Radio, FrameChannel, and future user-generated development opportunities. 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 the Company's public reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, Quarterly reports on Form 10-Q since then, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. The 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. TiVo disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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