The Insight TV launch is part of RCN’s distribution of multiple 4K UHD channels.
RCN began rolling out its 4K-ready set-top boxes to subscribers last year. The device, made by Arris, is powered by TiVo’s software and user interface. Insight TV UHD will launch along with seven 4K channels hosted by the SES Ultra HD Platform, and is available to all subscribers of the digital basic tier package that have the 4K-ready box.
“Insight was one of the first channels to join the SES’s Ultra HD platform in North America, which now hosts the world’s largest source of 4K linear content and live events coverage,” said Steve Corda, VP of Media Platforms for SES in North America.
“Insight TV is on the leading edge of Ultra HD programming, with content shot natively in 4K and transmitted in HLG-HDR. We are pleased to take yet another next step in Ultra HD together, enabling RCN to offer an immersive television viewing experience like no other.”
“We’re partnering with the world’s leading distribution providers to ensure that our 4K UHD content is delivered globally,” adds Angela Borrillo, VP Business and Legal Affairs, Insight TV.
“We’re delighted to kick off 2019 with this announcement, which further highlights our growing presence in the US. We seek to connect audiences worldwide with exciting stories based on topics that are trending around the world.”
RCN’s initial 4K launch features a broad range of Ultra HD channels, part from Insight TV the package consists of Travelxp 4K, The Country Network, NASA TV UHD, C4K360, NatureVision TV, and 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 SES Ultra HD Platform, supplying the linear 4K channels, will deliver the content over its satellite fleet, which has 100% cable penetration over the United States. The content is delivered to subscribers without buffering or network congestion as can be the case with OTT 4K.