RCN TO CARRY THE SEC NETWORK
Programming Available to RCN Customers on August 14
PRINCETON, NJ – August 14, 2014 – – RCN, an industry-leading provider of high-speed Internet, digital TV and phone services, announced today an agreement with ESPN – through a comprehensive multi-year distribution agreement between the NCTC and the Walt Disney Company – to carry the SEC Network when the channel launches on August 14, 2014. The upcoming college sports network will be available to RCN customers in all markets where it provides service, including Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The network will launch ahead of the first SEC 2014-14 college football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, on August 28 at 5 p.m. CT.
Developed by ESPN and the Southeastern Conference SEC Network as part of a twenty-year partnership, the network will air 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and additional events from the SEC’s 21 annual sports. Programming will also include studio shows, nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis and features focused on SEC’s member schools.
"We are dedicated to providing our customers with an extensive lineup of sports programming and are pleased to now include the SEC Network in our programming line-up,” said Chris Fenger, Chief Operating Officer at RCN. “This carriage will allow sports fans to enjoy more games and original content featuring Southeastern Conference teams."
The SEC Network will be available to current and new RCN Digital TV subscribers on the Premiere Sports Tier, SD channel 385 and HD channel 573 in most areas (SD channel 405 and HD channel 1405 in Lehigh Valley, PA).
More information about the SEC Network and RCN services are available via rcn.com or by calling 1-800-RING-RCN.
About RCN Telecom Services, LLC
RCN Telecom Services, LLC (http://www.rcn.com and rcnbusiness.com) provides industry-leading high-speed Internet, all-digital TV and phone services for residential, small/medium and Enterprise business customers. PC Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award named RCN one of the winners for best cable broadband ISPs in 2013 – RCN was rated highest in satisfaction for reliability. RCN was also ranked #1 in Boston by Netflix for the best viewing experience. RCN's affordably priced advanced digital services are delivered through its proprietary, state-of-the-art fiber-rich network and supported by 100% U.S.-based customer service. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago.
About SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform.
RCN Media Contact:
Jaymie Scotto & Associates for RCN
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