RCN Rolls VOD in Manhattan


RCN Corp. is on a video-on-demand roll in New York, announcing that it has
launched the service along with a higher-tier cable-modem service in

The competitive cable provider is going head-to-head with resident MSO Time
Warner Cable with its VOD service, now available to 190,000 homes in

The RCN impulse-VOD service adds video-recorder capabilities to existing
digital-cable boxes. New movie releases are available for 24-hour rental at
$3.99 each, while older archived content is available for $2.99.

The Manhattan rollout came just one week after RCN made the service available
to 110,000 homes in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The MSO plans to add
additional markets through 2003.

In addition, Manhattan customers who also take RCN's bundled "ResiLink
Platinum" and "Gold" packages for voice, digital video and data are being
automatically upgraded to "MegaModem" high-speed Internet service.

MegaModem offers a zippy 3 megabits per second downstream, compared with the
industry standard of 1.5 mbps. Unbundled customers can also access the service
for an additional monthly charge.

So far, MegaModem has rolled out in seven other RCN