RCN Announces Launch of Q Television Network in Chicago

Mon. October 17, 2005 12:00 AM

Premium 24/7 Gay and Lesbian Channel Available October 17, 2005

Chicago, IL - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading "triple play" provider of competitive cable television, high speed internet and local and long distance telephone services, announced the launch today of the Q Television Network (OTCBB Other: QBID) on RCN's Chicago cable system. Beginning October 17, 2005, Chicago subscribers will be able to access QTN's live, original and interactive GLBT programming on channel 270.

"We are truly excited to be able to announce this expansion of our partnership," said Carol Hinnant, QTN's Vice President, Affiliate Sales & Marketing. "It's gratifying to see that RCN and other cable operators are recognizing the breadth of quality programming QTN has to offer, and we look forward to serving Chicago."

This news not only represents a major victory for the area's large and growing gay and lesbian community, but is also especially exciting for the thousands of athletes, fans and supporters of Gay Games VII(R), for which QTN is the official television network. RCN becomes the first Chicago area cable network provider to offer this historic and internationally recognized gay sporting event.

"We are pleased to make QTN available for subscribers in the Chicago area," said RCN Vice President & General Manager Tom McKay. "The network's unparalleled lineup of original programming delivers on our promise of providing diverse viewer choice and connecting RCN customers to something more."

Q Television currently offers its customers five hours of live programming daily, kicking off its morning fare with the new hit show "Brunch," which stars Honey Labrador and Scott Withers. The day ends with QTN's signature series "On Q Live," a fun-filled adventure of news, guests, sports and entertainment. QTN also offers its customers original programs such as "Q on the Move"--the first-ever travel show for the GLBT community--and "Flesh and Threads," a dance show that brings fashion and the gay beat to the dance floor.

About RCN Corporation:

RCN Corporation, http://www.rcn.com, is one of the largest facilities-based competitive providers of bundled cable, high-speed internet and phone services delivered over its own fiber-optic local network to residential customers in the most densely populated markets in the U.S. RCN Business Solutions is a growing business that also provides bulk video, high-capacity and voice services to business customers. RCN provides service in the Boston, New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan markets. RCN also owns 49% of Megacable, one of the largest cable companies in Mexico.

About Q Television:

This 24/7 premium television network is organized to create, develop and feature television programming for the gay and lesbian community, including live & interactive content every weeknight, plus sports, information and entertainment. While the company expects much of its subscriber base to be comprised of members of the gay and lesbian population, management also believes that quality programming about the gay and lesbian experience, designed to entertain, educate and inform, will attract many other segments of the viewing public. The company's programming is available on a subscription basis to those desiring to subscribe. The network is telecast 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Providing distribution via satellite ensures availability of the network across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Q Television Network is the official network of Gay Games(R) VII. The network is also ad-supported. For further information on programming and subscriptions, please visit www.qtelevision.com.


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