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RCN UNVEILS MASS DEPLOYMENT OF DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER SERVICE.

RCN Corporation has unveiled its Digital Video Recorder (DVR) service. DVRs will allow RCN customers to digitally record their favorite TV programs and watch them on their own schedule. Programming content is recorded to a hard drive within the digital set-top box, which can store up to 50 hours of standard definition content. DVRs are currently available in Boston and New York, and are expected to be available in all RCN markets by October 1, 2004.

RCN's DVR set-top box has advanced capability to deliver HDTV content when connected to a High Definition television and can record between 7 to 10 hours of HDTV programming on the box's hard drive. Premium bundled customers can add DVR service to their bundles for less than $11.95 per month, including HD availability.

In addition to recording and replay, RCN's DVRs also allow customers to pause and rewind live programming, an especially valuable feature for sports fans wishing to get a second look at key plays during sporting events. The interactive programming guide will enable RCN customers to control the DVR's functionality, enabling them to record an entire season of their favorite show.

"Customers can now watch their favorite programs when they want to watch them," said Rick Rioboli, senior vice president of RCN's Product Management and Development. "RCN takes care of the installation, integrates the service seamlessly with the customer's bill, and unlike other services, doesn't require a separate set-top box. All this provides for a terrific customer experience - our customers tell us they absolutely love their DVRs."

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation (Pink Sheets: RCNCQ) is the nation's first and largest facilities-based competitive provider of bundled phone, cable and high-speed Internet services delivered over its own fiber-optic local network to consumers in the most densely populated markets in the U.S. RCN provides service in the Boston, New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan markets. RCN also holds a 50% LLC membership interest in Starpower, which serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

RCN can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.rcn.com.

For more information, call 800/RING-RCN or 609/919-8144.
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