ST. LOUIS, Aug 05, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) today confirmed a distribution agreement with NBC Universal (NBCU) in which Charter will feature NBCU's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
In addition to the more than 1,200 total hours of Olympics coverage on seven NBCU networks - NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD - Charter customers will also receive:
High Definition - Charter HD customers will have access to hundreds of hours of NBCU's Beijing Olympic Games HD coverage on NBC HD and Universal HD. Charter will also carry two HD sport-specific channels for the Olympics: NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and NBC Olympic Basketball Channel.
Video On Demand - Charter Digital customers can enjoy all the emotion and excitement of the Games at their convenience with NBCU's 60 clips across several categories, including Beijing 411; Meet the Athletes; and Team USA Preview On Demand. At the start of the Games, the In-Games package will feature access to the best events each day. Content includes overall daily highlights by sport (approximately 15 per day, some in HD), and "Rewind," approximately five to 10 of the best sessions/games per day.
High-Speed Internet - Charter High-Speed Internet customers have access to a fast and reliable Internet connection to view NBCU's 2,200 hours of 25 events streamed live, plus full-event video replays, extensive highlights, including daily recaps of key events, best-of montages, commentator analysis and athlete-specific clips each day. Visit NBCOlympics.com for more information.
Foreign Language TV Coverage - In some markets Charter will offer customers NBC's foreign language coverage from Beijing with commentary in one of the host country's native tongues, Mandarin (Chinese), as well as Korean, for approximately six hours per day for each language during the Games.
"Our customers will experience all the athletes' emotion and accomplishment in stunning clarity with Charter's high definition. And with the convenience of Charter's On Demand and High-Speed offerings, our customers can watch all the highlights, drama and excitement anytime," said Ted Schremp, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Charter.
"We are pleased to offer this unprecedented multi-platform experience to Charter, our valued partner," said Lee Crain, Senior Vice President, National Accounts, TV Networks Distribution, NBC Universal. "NBCU's historic coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will highlight Charter's comprehensive cable and digital services."
For more information on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, please visit NBCOlympics.com. For more information on Charter Digital Cable or Charter High-Speed Internet visit www.charter.com or call Charter at 1-888-GET-CHARTER (1-888-438-2427).
Over the past year, Charter has invested over a billion dollars in capital to serve its customers and to enhance its service capabilities. Charter is committed to investing in its communities, providing an advanced network on which residential and commercial customers rely for their communications needs, and delivering value to all its customers by offering high-quality products and services backed up by superior customer care.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter Digital Cable(R) video entertainment programming, Charter High-Speed(R) Internet access, and Charter Telephone(R). Charter Business(TM) similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services, and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
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