University will upgrade cable services in May

The University’s cable service will be upgrading to digital cable starting in May, a spokesperson for Information Systems Services said.

Every residence hall suite will be equipped with basic digital cable service from RCN, GW’s current cable provider. The digital service will give students the ability to upgrade their television service and acquire high definition channels, said Rachel Blevins, marketing and communications manager for Information Systems and Services.

“If a student wishes to add optional channels, upgrade to high definition (HD), or utilize a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), the student will be responsible directly to RCN for all costs of the upgrade and will be responsible for any equipment related to the upgrade,” Blevins said.

The cost for any additional upgrades will be billed on an individual basis, not by room. No final decision has been made regarding the use of Colonial Cash to purchase the upgraded services, she added.

While all the same available channels, including HBO, will still be available, channel numbers may change, Blevins said.

RCN’s President and CEO Peter Aquino is a GW alumnus. Representatives of the company did not return requests for comment.

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