Charter Launching HDTV in Five Markets


Charter Communications Inc. announced Monday that five markets will receive
high-definition-television programming during the second quarter:
Alhambra/Pasadena and Glendale/Burbank, Calif.; University Park, Texas; South
Miami, Fla.; and Birmingham, Ala.

More markets -- including Kalamazoo, Mich., and St. Louis -- will be added
during the third quarter.

Charter will initially have the capability to deliver HDTV programming from
the Home Box Office and Showtime Networks Inc. premium networks and the major
broadcast-television networks, where available.

'These seven markets are just a beginning for Charter and HDTV,' senior vice
president of engineering John Pietri said in a prepared statement. 'We fully
expect to deliver HDTV programming to even more markets by the end of the

Pietri said customers with HDTV sets will use a special device from Charter
to access HDTV programming. Details of the HDTV packages will be announced in a
few weeks, he added.