"With more and more consumers buying HDTV sets, Charter can help customers maximize their investment and realize its full value by providing high-quality, high-definition programming and equipment," said John Pietri, Charter senior vice president of Engineering. "Charter High Definition Service provides customers a brilliant and colorful video experience that is unmatched by anything ever before available. You won't believe what you'll see!"
Charter customers who sign up for the HDTV service will be enabled technically to receive dedicated HDTV programming from HBO and Showtime. HDTV programming from the local network affiliates will be added shortly, Mr. Pietri said.
"As HDTV gains momentum, more programs will be made available in the high-definition format," Mr. Pietri said. "When you combine HDTV technology with Charter's advanced hybrid fiber-coax infrastructure, you have a winning combination that truly demonstrates the power of broadband."
Mr. Pietri said the five markets where Charter launched HDTV service today are built on Scientific Atlanta platforms. Customers subscribing to Charter High Definition Service will pay a monthly fee for use of a Scientific-Atlanta Explorer 3100HD digital set-top.
Mr. Pietri said the company is on schedule with previously announced plans to initiate Charter High Definition Service in the third quarter of this year in Kalamazoo, Mich. and St. Louis. Because these markets are built on Motorola platforms, the Motorola DCT-5100 will be used to deliver HD service.
About Charter CommunicationsCharter Communications, A Wired World Company(TM), is among the nation's largest broadband communications companies, currently serving more than 6.8 million customers in 40 states. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform marketed under the Charter Digital Cable(R) brand and high-speed Internet access via Charter Pipeline(R). Commercial high-speed data, video and Internet solutions are provided under the Charter Business Networks(TM) brand. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media brand.
A Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 Company, Charter was the 2001 recipient of the Outstanding Corporate Growth Award from the Association for Corporate Growth, the 2001 R.E. "Ted" Turner Innovator of the Year Award from the Southern Cable Telecommunications Association, and the 2001 Fast 50 Award for Growth from the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
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