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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form PREM14A on 06/26/2015
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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012

(1) Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

(a) Description of Business

Bright House Networks, LLC and subsidiaries (the Company) is a cable operator with its primary markets in Florida, Michigan, Alabama, Indiana and California. The Company provides its subscribers with video, high-speed data and digital phone services. The Company also sells advertising on its cable systems to local and national advertisers.

The Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse (TWE-A/N). TWE-A/N is a partnership formed in 1995 by Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P., a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., and Advance/Newhouse Partnership (A/N). A/N is the manager of the Company and is entitled to 100% of its economic benefits.

(b) Basis of Consolidation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include all of the accounts and all entities that are majority-owned by the Company and are required to be consolidated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). The Company has eliminated intercompany accounts and transactions among consolidated entities.

(c) Revenues and Costs

Subscriptions are recorded as revenue in the period that the service is provided. Advertising revenues are recognized in the period that the advertisements are exhibited. Recognition of revenue from subscribers billed in advance is deferred until the services are rendered.

The Company pays for programming provided to its subscribers under joint contracts with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC). The programming costs are expensed as the related services are made available to subscribers. Amounts paid to TWC for programming and other services were $976.5 million, $944.1 million and $902.1 million in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. At December 31, 2014 and 2013, unpaid balances due to TWC were $154.4 million and $144.7 million, respectively. Such amounts are included in accounts payable and other current liabilities in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

Launch fees received from programming vendors are deferred and recognized as a reduction of expense over the life of the related programming agreement. Reimbursement of marketing costs from programming vendors are recognized as a reduction in marketing expense.

Advertising costs are expensed upon the first exhibition of related advertisements. Marketing expense (including advertising), net of certain reimbursements from programmers, was $93.0 million, $83.7 million and $81.1 million in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Cable subscriber installation costs for single-family residences are expensed when incurred.

In the normal course of business, the Company is assessed non-income related taxes by governmental authorities, including franchising authorities, and collects such taxes from its subscribers. The Company’s policy is that, in instances where the tax is being assessed directly on the Company, amounts paid to governmental authorities and amounts received from subscribers are recorded on a gross basis. That is, amounts paid to governmental authorities are recorded as operating expenses and amounts received from subscribers are recorded as revenues. The amount of such fees included as a component of revenues was $90.4 million, $89.1 million and $89.2 million in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.