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RCN In Greater Boston Tops First Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot

Small Internet Service Providers Deliver Big Netflix Experience

LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Netflix members in the Greater Boston area receive the very best streaming experience if they subscribe to RCN, according to the first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot published today by Netflix Inc., the world’s leading Internet television network.

In the second quarter of 2013, the average speeds for Netflix streams on the RCN network outperformed other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by as much as 70%. This means that those Netflix members who were also RCN customers enjoyed better picture quality, quicker access to their favorite TV shows and movies, and more reliable playback delivered via the Internet from Netflix, especially during peak viewing hours.

“When it comes to getting a great Internet connection in your home, our first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot clearly shows that a bigger ISP isn’t always a better ISP,” said Greg Peters, chief streaming and partnerships officer at Netflix. “RCN delivers a very impressive connection, offering equal or better quality than what fiber to the home delivers.”

"At RCN our goal is to provide a superior customer experience through a platform that offers cutting edge technology. That includes providing top quality, reliable Internet to our customers at speeds up to 75Mbps. It's great to see Netflix confirm that RCN beats Verizon and Comcast by a big margin," said Jeff Carlson, vice president and general manager at RCN.

The Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot is an expansion of the Netflix ISP Speed Index, a Web site launched in March that ranks large domestic and international ISPs based on Netflix performance. Located at http://ispspeedindex.netflix.com/, the Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on real world data from Netflix members and an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network. The Regional Snapshots provide much more specific insight for a given market, allowing consumers to compare performance when choosing an ISP.

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Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with more than 37 million members in 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Learn more about how Netflix is pioneering Internet television at www.netflix.com or follow Netflix on Facebook and Twitter.

About RCN: RCN Telecom Services, LLC (www.rcn.com) provides industry-leading High-Speed Internet, all-Digital TV and Phone services for residential, small/medium and Enterprise business customers. PC Magazine recently released its annual Readers' Choice Awards and named RCN one of the winners for best cable broadband ISPs in 2013 - rated highest in satisfaction for reliability. RCN's affordably priced advanced digital services are delivered through their proprietary, state-of-the-art fiber-rich network and supported by 100% U.S.-based customer service. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago.