InvestorsOctober 23, 2007
International Movies and TV Programming Now Available on www.Charter.net
Charter Communications Launches Multicultural Entertainment on the Web
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2007--Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced the availability of popular international movies and television programming on its web portal Charter.net. For its inaugural launch, Charter will offer on demand movies and TV programs in three languages: Chinese (Cantonese), Hindi and Spanish.
"Adding today's popular multicultural programs on the Charter.net portal takes entertainment on the web to the next level," said Himesh Bhise, General Manager of High Speed Internet for Charter. We are excited to provide this diverse catalog of on demand video content as an element of our commitment to improving all our customers' experiences."
"Our demographics data indicate a highly Internet savvy minority population," added Mr. Bhise. "With the adoption rate of high-speed Internet at nearly 80 percent among Asian Americans and over 40 percent for bilingual Hispanics, the strategy to offer multicultural entertainment on the Web is the right way to engage more and more of our customers with the value-added services they want."
Multicultural programs will be offered in their original languages, and there will be a mix of short-form content, such as television programs, and full-length movies. Among film titles and TV shows debuting on Charter.net are:
- Bollywood Unlimited is a weekly 30-minute showcase of the latest productions in Indian cinema, complete with movie clips, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with stars and directors and reviews of the movies themselves.
- A Silent Love, a Spanish language film written and directed by Federico Hildago, was honored by the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 starring Vanessa Bauche from the Oscar nominated Amores Perros, Noel Burton and Susana Salazar.
- A New Option, a popular Chinese action film starring well-known actor Michael Wong as the tough leader of Hong Kong's special elite SWAT-like police force.
Sivoo, Inc., a company dedicated to providing multicultural and non-English language content through the Internet and Internet Protocol TV, is working with Charter on this initiative and will provide Charter with exclusive and fresh content in each of the three languages on a monthly basis. This ensures that users of Charter.net will have access to fresh new content every month.
"Sivoo is excited to help Charter bring on-demand multicultural entertainment to mainstream consumers," said Dr. Burhan Fatah, President and CEO, Sivoo, Inc. "Charter is among the first Internet Service Providers to offer this level of variety and depth in international entertainment programming on the web."
Charter.net is the fastest growing ISP portal in the nation. The more than 4.4 million(1) monthly unique visitors that use Charter.net watch entertainment videos-on-demand, read the news, and check email. In the coming months, Charter will add additional entertainment programs from additional countries and languages, ensuring that Charter.net continues to attract consumers interested in all forms of high-quality international entertainment.
All entertainment content is available to web users simply by visiting www.charter.net.
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 Charter Digital(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.
(1) As of September 2007, according to comScore, Inc. Charter Communications attracts approximately 4.4 million unique monthly visitors on Charter.net.
CONTACT: Charter Communications, Inc.
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SOURCE: Charter Communications, Inc.