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
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.