RCN Corporation, an aggressive over-builder out to challenge both cable and telco companies in their local markets, announced a comprehensive, multi-year programming agreement with ESPN and the Disney-ABC Television Group for access to a wide range of programming, networks and services.
Under this agreement, RCN will carry major Disney-ABC Television Group and ESPN programming and broadband services, including:
A wide range of video-on-demand programming from Disney Channel, ABC Family Channel, ESPN, ABC News broadcasts and an ABC News Now broadband portal will be available to those customers with VOD-enabled service, and RCN high-speed data service, respectively;
ABC News Now, a 24-hour news and information network featuring live breaking news, headlines, original shows and interactive programming will be available to RCN customers in all markets;
ESPN360.com, ESPN's signature broadband service, which will deliver thousands of live events – including an expanded NCAA Football schedule – this fall, will be distributed to high speed data subscribers in all RCN markets;
ESPN2 HD, a high definition simulcast of ESPN2, is now available as part of RCN's basic HD package. ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will combine to deliver more than 9,000 hours of HD programming in 2007.