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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4 on 01/25/2000
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                               TCI FALCON SYSTEMS
            (A COMBINATION OF CERTAIN ASSETS, AS DEFINED IN NOTE 1)
 
             NOTES TO COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS -- (CONTINUED)
 
  Property and Equipment
 
     Property and equipment are stated at cost, including acquisition costs
allocated to tangible assets acquired. Construction costs, labor and applicable
overhead related to installations, and interest during construction are
capitalized. During the nine-month period ended September 30, 1998 and for the
years ended December 31, 1997 and 1996, interest capitalized was not
significant.
 
     Depreciation is computed on a straight-line basis using estimated useful
lives of 3 to 15 years for distribution systems and 3 to 40 years for support
equipment and buildings.
 
     Repairs and maintenance are charged to operations, and renewals and
additions are capitalized. At the time of ordinary retirements, sales or other
dispositions of property, the original cost and cost of removal of such property
are charged to accumulated depreciation, and salvage, if any, is credited
thereto. Gains or losses are only recognized in connection with the sales of
properties in their entirety.
 
  Franchise Costs
 
     Franchise costs include the difference between the cost of acquiring cable
television systems and amounts assigned to their tangible assets. Such amounts
are generally amortized on a straight-line basis over 40 years. Costs incurred
by the TCI Falcon Systems in negotiating and renewing franchise agreements are
amortized on a straight-line basis over the life of the franchise, generally 10
to 20 years.
 
  Impairment of Long-Lived Assets
 
     Management periodically reviews the carrying amounts of property, plant and
equipment and its intangible assets to determine whether current events or
circumstances warrant adjustments to such carrying amounts. If an impairment
adjustment is deemed necessary based on an analysis of undiscounted cash flows,
such loss is measured by the amount that the carrying value of such assets
exceeds their fair value. Considerable management judgment is necessary to
estimate the fair value of assets, accordingly, actual results could vary
significantly from such estimates. Assets to be disposed of are carried at the
lower of their financial statement carrying amount or fair value less costs to
sell.
 
  Revenue Recognition
 
     Cable revenue for customer fees, equipment rental, advertising, and
pay-per-view programming is recognized in the period that services are
delivered. Installation revenue is recognized in the period the installation
services are provided to the extent of direct selling costs. Any remaining
amount is deferred and recognized over the estimated average period that
customers are expected to remain connected to the cable television system.
 
  Combined Statements of Cash Flows
 
     Transactions effected through the intercompany account with TCI (except for
the acquisition and dividend discussed in notes 2 and 5, respectively) have been
considered constructive cash receipts and payments for purposes of the combined
statements of cash flows.
 
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