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S-1/A
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form S-1/A on 09/28/1999
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OVERVIEW
 
   
     Approximately 85% of our historical revenues for the six months ended June
30, 1999 are attributable to monthly subscription fees charged to customers for
our basic, expanded basic and premium cable television programming services,
equipment rental and ancillary services provided by our cable television
systems. In addition, we derive other revenues from installation and
reconnection fees charged to customers to commence or reinstate service,
pay-per-view programming, where users are charged a fee for individual programs
requested, advertising revenues and commissions related to the sale of
merchandise by home shopping services. We have generated increased revenues in
each of the past three fiscal years, primarily through internal customer growth,
basic and expanded tier rate increases and acquisitions as well as innovative
marketing, such as our MVP package of premium services. The MVP package entitles
customers to receive a substantial discount on bundled premium services of HBO,
Showtime, Cinemax and The Movie Channel. The MVP package has increased premium
revenue by 3.4% and premium cash flow by 5.5% in the initial nine months of this
program. We are beginning to offer our customers several other services, which
are expected to significantly contribute to our revenues. One of these services
is digital cable, which provides subscribers with additional programming
options. We are also offering high speed Internet access to the World Wide Web
through cable modems. Cable modems can be attached to personal computers so that
users can send and receive data over cable systems. Our television based
Internet access allows us to offer the services provided by WorldGate
Communications, Inc., which provides users with TV based e-mail and other
Internet access.
    
 
   
     Our expenses primarily consist of operating costs, general and
administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization expense and management
fees/corporate expense charges. Operating costs primarily include programming
costs, cable service related expenses, marketing and advertising costs,
franchise fees and expenses related to customer billings. Programming costs
account for approximately 46% of our operating costs. Programming costs have
increased in recent years and are expected to continue to increase due to
additional programming being provided to customers, increased cost to produce or
purchase cable programming, inflation and other factors affecting the cable
television industry. In each year we have operated, our costs to acquire
programming have exceeded customary inflationary increases. A significant factor
with respect to increased programming costs is the rate increases and surcharges
imposed by national and regional sports networks directly tied to escalating
costs to acquire programming for professional sports packages in a competitive
market. We have benefited in the past from our membership in an industry
cooperative that provides members with volume discounts from programming
networks. We believe our membership has minimized increases in our programming
costs relative to what the increases would otherwise have been. We also believe
that we should derive additional discounts from
    
 
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