|RCN Corporation Speeds Its March to All-Digital With BigBand Networks' Digital Simulcast Solution|
Tuesday December 2, 5:30 am ET
BigBand BMR Platform Enables Rapid Expansion of HD and SD Lineups
REDWOOD CITY, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Dec 2, 2008 -- BigBand Networks, Inc. (NasdaqGM:BBND), a leader in digital video networking, today announced that RCN Corporation (NasdaqGS:RCNI), a leading provider of all-digital television, high-capacity data, and voice services to residential, business customers and service providers, has selected the BigBand Broadband Multimedia-Service Router 1200 (BMR®) for its digital television simulcast deployments in RCN's Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. metro area markets.
"BigBand's BMR platform enables us to convert to an all-digital environment, reclaiming our analog spectrum to free up bandwidth, so we can provide our customers with an exciting expansion of quality programming content," said Rick Swiderski, Vice President of Engineering with RCN. "We selected the BigBand BMR because the platform is reliable, scalable and easy-to-use, and because of BigBand's track record of world-class field engineering support and swift deployments."
RCN's conversion to an all-digital network enables RCN to improve the picture quality, make the network easier to maintain, and dramatically increase the number of Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels it can offer to subscribers. The conversion, dubbed "Analog Crush (SM)," will allow RCN to offer its customers over 300 SD channels and 75 HD channels initially, in addition to a more robust line-up of international content and on-demand titles.