RCN Rolls Out Ovation in New York City

Arts Network Continues 2014 Distribution Momentum

Ovation has added to its 2014 distribution momentum, gaining positions with RCN’s New York City system.

The arts network is now available in standard definition on channel 138, while Ovation HD can be found on RCN’s channel 591. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RCN’s New York City subscribers will now be able to watch the second season of Ovation signature series The Art Of, as well as The Fashion Fund, featuring Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg, which premieres on Jan. 22.

RCN's Big Apple rollout follows the addition of Ovation HD on AT&T U-verse’s channel 1385 in U300 and above TV packages, plus the HD Tech Fee. The network also recently received HD launches on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks systems.

“2014 is definitely off to a really strong start for Ovation,” said Brad Samuels, executive vice president of content distribution for the network. “We have set some aggressive goals for the network this year and this launch with RCN is another great indication of our momentum in the distributor community.  More and more systems are seeing the value of carrying America’s only arts network and we are delighted to be adding new partners, especially in a key market like New York City.”

Noted RCN vice president and general manager Bruce Abbott: “RCN is committed to bringing the best in entertainment to our valued customers. The addition of Ovation in SD and HD gives our customers another great choice for TV viewing. It complements the arts and culture found in the NYC area with its mix of original art-centric series, documentaries, films and specials."