Cable Show 2010: RCN To Take TiVo Premiere To New York City In June

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RCN plans to debut the TiVo Premiere DVR in its New York City market in early June -- where the operator competes primarily with Time Warner Cable -- following the initial launch of the set-top last week in Washington, D.C.

The overbuilder is the first U.S. television operator to offer the TiVo hardware. The Premiere DVR, which will be RCN's primary set-top box offering, provides integrated search across digital cable, video-on-demand and Internet content, and features a guide designed for HD screens.

"We couldn't be happier with how quickly RCN brought this new product to market and their eagerness to make it available in the highly competitive New York City market in short order," TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers said in a statement.

RCN's co-branded TiVo DVR is available with any bundle for an additional $19.95 per month. The operator is offering a special promotion with the TiVo Premiere, digital cable with 192 channels and plus 10-Mbps Internet service for $89.99 per month for 12 months.

The set-top lets users access songs, photos and home movies from a PC; rent movies through Blockbuster's On Demand service; watch YouTube clips; and access interactive applications including music streaming and photo-viewing applications.

Following the New York City launch, RCN expects to offer TiVo Premiere in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania in the near future.