RCN Adds VOD in Comcast Backyard


Cable overbuilder RCN Corp. beat Comcast Corp. to the video-on-demand
punch Thursday, launching the service in the Philadelphia-based MSO's suburban
backyard of Sharon Hill, Norwood and Ridley Park, Pa.

It's RCN's first VOD launch in any of its systems.

'Video-on-demand is a terrific example of the types of advanced services
RCN's fiber-optic network was built to deliver,' RCN chairman David C. McCourt
said in a statement.

RCN passes about 10,000 homes in the three communities. VOD will be launched
to the unspecified number of digital subscribers in the area on the Motorola
DCT-2000 platform.

Newly released movies will be priced at $3.95 each,
with full rewind, fast-forward and pause capabilities.

Viewers will be able to watch those movies at anytime within a 48-hour
period. Library content is available for the same period of time for $1.95 per

RCN said it plans a wider rollout of VOD in the
Philadelphia area over the next several months.