preferred stock at a purchase price of $11.00 per share. As a result of a stock
split, each share of Series B preferred stock will convert into two-thirds of a
share of WorldGate's common stock, and each share of Series C preferred stock
will convert into two-thirds of a share of WorldGate's common stock. Upon
completion of WorldGate's initial public offering, each series of preferred
stock will automatically convert into common stock.
Upon completion of the offering, Charter Investment, Inc. will assign to
Charter Communications Holding Company all of its rights and obligations under
its agreements with WorldGate and transfer its 70,423 shares of WorldGate Series
B preferred stock to Charter Communications Holding Company.
WINK. Wink offers an enhanced broadcasting system that adds interactivity
and electronic commerce opportunities to traditional programming and
advertising. Viewers can, among other things, find news, weather and sports
information on-demand and order products through use of a remote control. On
October 8, 1997, Charter Investment, Inc. signed a cable affiliation agreement
with Wink to deploy this enhanced broadcasting technology in our systems. The
term of the agreement is three years. Either party has the right to terminate
the agreement for the other party's failure to comply with any of its respective
material obligations under the agreement. All of Charter Investment, Inc.'s
operations take place at the subsidiary level and it is through Charter
Investment, Inc. that we derive our rights and obligations with respect to Wink.
Pursuant to the agreement, Wink granted us the non-exclusive license to use
their software to deliver the enhanced broadcasting to all of our cable systems.
For the first year of the agreement, we pay a monthly license fee to Wink which
is based on the number of our subscribers in our operating areas. After the
first year of the agreement we pay a fixed monthly license fee to Wink
regardless of the number of our subscribers in our operating areas. We also
supply all server hardware required for deployment of Wink services. In
addition, we agreed to promote and market the Wink service to our customers
within the area of each system in which such service is being provided. We share
in the revenue Wink generates from all fees collected by Wink for transactions
generated by our customers. The amount of revenue shared is based on the number
of transactions per month. As of June 30, 1999, no revenue or expenses have been
recognized as a result of this agreement.
On November 30, 1998, Vulcan Ventures acquired 1,162,500 shares of Wink's
Series C preferred stock for approximately $9.3 million. In connection with such
acquisition, Wink issued to Vulcan Venture warrants to purchase shares of common
stock. Additionally, Microsoft Corporation, of which Mr. Allen is a director,
also owns an equity interest in Wink.
Upon the completion of the offering, Charter Investment, Inc. will assign
to Charter Communications Holding Company all of its rights and obligations
under its agreements with Wink.
ZDTV. ZDTV operates a cable television channel which broadcasts shows
about technology and the Internet. Pursuant to a carriage agreement which
Charter Communications Holding Company intends to enter into with ZDTV, ZDTV has
agreed to provide us with programming for broadcast via our cable television
systems at no cost.