Charter Communications Installs 500,000th Digital Cable Customer
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2000--Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) today celebrated the recent installation of its 500,000th Charter Digital Cable(TM) customer, continuing the company's rapid growth in the deployment of advanced video services.
Representatives from Charter and Discovery Networks, creator of Discovery Channel and eight new networks on Charter Digital Cable, presented Ida Tripoli of Burbank, Calif. with a large-screen television and other merchandise as thank-you gifts.
"Reaching this milestone so quickly is a validation that more and more customers understand that Charter Digital Cable delivers an incredible entertainment value," said Jerry Kent, President & CEO of Charter. "We're exceeding our sales estimates for this service because Charter Digital Cable offers more channels and more choices -- all at a very reasonable price -- and gives us a service that goes head to head with our competition."
"Continuing in the Discovery Channel tradition of providing spectacular cinematography, compelling stories and how-to information aimed at helping people explore areas of interest to them, we think Discovery's new networks on Charter Digital Cable will offer something for everyone in the family," said Bob Gold, Western Regional Director for Discovery Networks. "We're very excited to offer Charter viewers greater convenience and access to the highest-quality programming on the topics that they care about most."
New basic digital cable channels from Discovery Networks on Charter Digital Cable include BBC America, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Science Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery Civilization Channel, Discovery Health Channel and Discovery en Espanol. Featuring premiere original series as well as daily news and live on-location reporting, these eight new networks devote a 24-hour schedule to Charter viewers with specific interests in science and technology, lifestyle and home improvement, people and personalities, aviation, world history and cultures, as well as fun, engaging children's and Spanish language programming. BBC America offers Charter viewers the best of British television, specially selected for an American audience. Each network is dedicated to offering the most up-to-date, quality programming to give viewers the resources and entertainment in those areas that most interest them and at times that are the most convenient for them.
With more than 6.2 million customers, Charter Communications, a Wired World(TM) company, is among the nation's largest broadband communications companies. Charter offers an array of advanced broadband services, including cable television under the Charter Cable TV brand; advanced digital video programming services under the Charter Digital Cable(TM) brand; and high-speed Internet access via Charter Pipeline (TM). Charter's Class A common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol "CHTR." More information about Charter can be found on the Internet at www.chartercom.com.
Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., owns and operates Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Science Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery Civilization Channel, Discovery Wings Channel and Discovery en Espanol. The unit also markets and distributes BBC America.
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