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RCN taps thePlatform to back TV Everywhere service

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 3:09pm
Brian Santo

RCN Telecom has tapped thePlatform to help it introduce a TV Everywhere service later this year.

RCN did not say when the service would begin to be available, nor did it specify which of its markets would get the service first.

RCN, thePlatform and RCN’s set-top vendor TiVo are collaborating on the TV Everywhere experience, enabling RCN subscribers to watch video over an Internet connection on various IP devices.

ThePlatform's cloud-based mpx management system will collect, protect and publish online video to RCN's TV Everywhere portal across IP-connected devices.

The new solution will ensure there is a common user interface across all of the devices that authenticated RCN subscribers use to access their TV content in and out of the home.

The RCN TV Everywhere portal will present linear, operator VOD and RCN TV Everywhere content together. The experience will include a single sign-on, embedded playback and integration with DVR features where a TiVo DVR is present, including remote scheduling and set-top box management, the companies said.

RCN plans to initially offer thousands of free on-demand titles, including a broad range of movies and TV episodes, and plans to rapidly scale the number of titles and programs.

Jim Holanda, CEO of RCN, stated: "We've experienced tremendous success with the TiVo user experience, with both our DVR and whole-home offerings, and are excited about extending that proposition to our entire video subscriber base. Coupled with thePlatform's back-end expertise, we're building a compelling new experience to extend the subscription value for our customers."

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