PR: RCN and ION Media Networks Announce Qubo Channel in NY, Philadelphia, and DC
RCN and ION Media Networks Announce
Launch of Qubo Channel in
New York, Philadelphia & Washington DC
Kids Channel Focusing on Values and Literacy Added
to RCN Linear Channel Lineups
(Herndon, VA and West Palm Beach, Fla. – November 10, 2008) – ION Media Networks, Inc. and RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of digital television, data and voice services to residential and small – medium business customers, today announced an agreement to launch Qubo Channel, the TV and online entertainment service for children, in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Qubo Channel becomes the second ION Media Networks channel available to RCN’s major market systems, joining ION Television, which is already carried in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Qubo Channel is a groundbreaking, bilingual television network for children that focuses on literacy, values and healthy lifestyles, while celebrating the unlimited possibilities of a child’s imagination. Most of Qubo Channel’s shows are associated with popular children’s books, and the network’s interstitial programming continues to reinforce messages about early literacy and healthy living. Qubo Channel features an expanded lineup of popular children’s programming, including VEGGIETALES, DRAGON, JACOB TWO TWO, BOO! and THEODORE TUGBOAT, among many others.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of Qubo Channel and are grateful for RCN’s commitment to offer their subscribers the very best in children’s programming,” said Steve Friedman, President, Network Distribution, ION Media Networks. “This agreement reinforces the value of Qubo Channel and represents yet another step in fulfilling our multi-platform distribution strategy.”
“We are excited by the launch of Qubo Channel in these major market systems,” said RCN General Manager Richard Wadman. “Qubo Channel is a great addition to the expanded children and family programming we have included in our all-digital platform.”
About RCN Corporation
RCN Corporation, http://www.rcn.com, is a facilities-based, competitive broadband telecommunications services provider delivering digital television, high-speed data and voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through the RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company’s geographic markets. RCN’s primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)
About ION Media Networks
ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates the nation’s largest broadcast television station group and ION Television, which reaches over 94 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems, and features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning libraries of RHI Entertainment, CBS Television, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Television and Warner Bros., among others. Using its digital multicasting capability, the Company has launched several digital TV brands, including Qubo Channel, a channel for children focusing on literacy and values, and ION Life, a channel dedicated to active living and personal growth. It also has launched Open Mobile Ventures Corporation (OMVION), a business unit focused on the research and development of portable, mobile and out-of-home transmission technology using over-the-air digital television spectrum. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.com.