RCN partners with SES to launch Ultra HD channels

US-based telecoms provider RCN is launching Ultra HD services in partnership with satellite operator SES.

RCN is making seven linear 4K channels from the North American SES Ultra HD Platform available on its Signature TV channel tier and will also air special 4K live-events coverage.

The seven channels are Insight TV, Travelxp 4K, The Country Network, NASA TV UHD, C4K360, NatureVision TV, and UHD1. These will be delivered over SES’s satellite fleet and be offered via RCN’s 4K-enabled set top boxes.

RCN subscribers can also use these receivers to access 4K content via streaming providers like Netflix, Hulu and HBO.

“With the addition of seven new 4K channels, RCN has become the premier destination for 4K content,” said Chris Fenger, COO of RCN.

“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 favourite streaming apps – providing a seamless user experience.”

SES North America’s vice-president of media platforms, Steve Corda, said: “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.”

“Our 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.”

RCN provides internet, digital TV and phone services for residential and business customers in selected US markets, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

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