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CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4 on 04/30/1999
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             CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
 

                   NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
                             (DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
 
1.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES:
 
ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
 
     Charter Communications Holdings, LLC (Charter Holdings), a Delaware limited
liability company, was formed in February 1999 as a wholly owned subsidiary of
Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter). Charter, through its wholly owned cable
television operating subsidiary, Charter Communications Properties, LLC (CCP),
commenced operations with the acquisition of a cable television system on
September 30, 1995.
 
     Effective December 23, 1998, through a series of transactions, Paul G.
Allen acquired approximately 94% of Charter for an aggregate purchase price, net
of debt assumed, of $2.2 billion (the "Paul Allen Transaction"). In conjunction
with the Paul Allen Transaction, Charter acquired controlling interests in
CharterComm Holdings, LLC (CharterComm Holdings) and CCA Group (comprised of CCA
Holdings Corp., CCT Holdings Corp. and Charter Communications Long Beach Corp.),
all cable television operating companies. In February 1999, Charter transferred
all of its cable television operating subsidiaries to a subsidiary of Charter
Holdings, Charter Communications Operating, LLC (Charter Operating).
 
     On April 7, 1999, the cable television operating subsidiaries of Marcus
Cable Company, L.L.C. (Marcus) were transferred to Charter Operating. The
transfer was accounted for as a reorganization of entities under common control
similar to a pooling of interests, since Paul G. Allen and a company controlled
by Paul G. Allen purchased substantially all of the outstanding partnership
interests in Marcus in April 1998, and purchased the remaining interests in
Marcus on April 7, 1999.
 
     The accompanying financial statements include the accounts of CCP,
Charter's wholly owned cable operating subsidiary, representing the financial
statements of Charter Holdings and subsidiaries (the Company) for all periods
presented. The accounts of CharterComm Holdings and CCA Group are not included
since these companies were not owned and controlled by Charter prior to December
23, 1998. The accounts of Marcus are not included since both Charter and Marcus
were not owned and controlled by the same party prior to December 23, 1998.
 
     As a result of the change in ownership of CCP, CharterComm Holdings and CCA
Group, Charter Holdings has applied push down accounting in the preparation of
the consolidated financial statements effective December 23, 1998. Accordingly,
the financial statements of Charter Holdings for periods ended on or before
December 23, 1998, are presented on a different cost basis than the financial
statements for the periods after December 23, 1998 (not presented herein), and
are not comparable.
 
CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
     The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original
maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. At December 31, 1997,
cash equivalents consist primarily of repurchase agreements. These investments
are carried at cost that approximates market value.
 
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