Satnews Daily
February 10th, 2019

SES Partners With RCN and Launches Seven New Ultra HD 4K Channels 

SES and RCN, a provider of high-speed internet, digital TV and phone services, are partnering to provide commercial launch of RCN's Ultra HD services. There will be seven RCN dedicated 4K channels from the North American SES Ultra HD Platform, which will be available on RCN’s Signature TV channel tier for their new and already existing customers.

The new 4K channels will be offered in conjunction with RCN’s 4K-enabled set top boxes and Advanced TiVo Experience and voice remote. To receive the new 4K channels, customers must subscribe to RCN Signature Digital TV and have a 4K TV and 4K set-top box, along with Internet service. In addition to the new 4K programming, RCN customers can utilize 4K technology through streaming apps including Netflix, Hulu, HBOGO and more – all easily accessible with RCN’s set top boxes and voice remote.

RCN’s initial 4K launch will feature a broad range of Ultra HD channels, including:

  • Insight TV
  • Travelxp 4K
  • The Country Network
  • C4K360
  • NatureVision TV
  • UHD1,
  • as well as special 4K live events coverage.


To provide this selection, RCN is leveraging the content and reach of the SES Ultra HD platform, the world’s largest single source of linear 4K programming. The SES Ultra HD Platform, supplying the linear 4K channels, will deliver the content over its satellite fleet, which has 100 percent cable penetration over the United States. The content is delivered seamlessly to subscribers without buffering or network congestion as is sometimes the case with OTT 4K.

RCN’s network delivers ultra-high-speed internet, Netflix, Hulu and HBOGO on TiVo, personalized video options and more – all accompanied by the very best customer service and the availability of internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit. RCN is a three-time winner of PCMag’s “Readers' Choice Award for Best ISP” due to its high ratings in satisfaction, reliability and technical support. In 2018, RCN was ranked fastest ISP in the Northeast.

Chris Fenger, COO of RCN said that with the addition of seven new 4K channels, RCN has become the premier destination for 4K content. Not only will customers enjoy a crystal-clear picture for sports, shows and movies, but also will be able to use the 4K technology with their favorite streaming apps – providing a seamless user experience. RCN will continue to ensure that they offer new and innovative technology, and with 4K, they deliver an enhanced viewing experience to their customers.

Steve Corda, Vice President of Media Platforms for SES in North America said that SES is thrilled to play a pivotal role in RCN’s 4K services launch to millions of customers from Chicago and Philadelphia to Boston and Washington, DC. Their SES Ultra HD platform represents the world’s largest source of 4K linear content and live events coverage, enabling RCN to offer an immersive television viewing experience like no other.