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RENAISSANCE MEDIA GROUP LLC filed this Form S-4 on 06/12/1998
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                                                                     EXHIBIT 3.1


                         CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

                                      OF

                     RENAISSANCE MEDIA CAPITAL CORPORATION

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     FIRST:  The name of the Corporation is Renaissance Media Capital
Corporation.

     SECOND:  The address of its registered office in the State of Delaware is
1013 Centre Road, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, Delaware 19805. The
name of its registered agent at such address is Corporation Service Company.

     THIRD:  The purpose of the Corporation is to engage in any lawful act or
activity for which corporations may be organized under the General Corporation
Law of the State of Delaware as the same exists or may hereafter be amended
("Delaware Law").

     FOURTH:  The total number of shares of stock which the Corporation shall
have authority to issue is 3,000, consisting of 2,000 shares of Common Stock,
par value $.01 per share (the "Common Stock"), and 1,000 shares of Preferred
Stock, par value $.01 per share (the "Preferred Stock").

     The Board of Directors is hereby empowered to authorize by resolution or
resolutions from time to time the issuance of one or more classes or series of
Preferred Stock and to fix the designations, powers, preferences and relative,
participating, optional or other rights, if any, and the qualifications,
limitations or
 restrictions thereof, if any, with respect to each such class or
series of Preferred Stock and the number of shares constituting each such class
or series, and to increase or decrease the number of shares of any such class or
series to the extent permitted by the General Corporation Law of the State of
Delaware, as amended from time to time.

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     FIFTH:  The name and mailing address of the incorporator are:


Name                                 Mailing Address
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Eric R. Dann                         Davis Polk & Wardwell
                                     450 Lexington Avenue
                                     New York, New York 10017

The power of the incorporator as such shall terminate upon the filing of this
Certificate of Incorporation.

     SIXTH:  The name and mailing address of the person who is to serve as
director until the first annual meeting of stockholders or until his successors
are elected and qualified are:

Name                                 Mailing Address
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Fred Schulte                         One Cablevision Center
                                     Suite 100
                                     Ferndale, NY 12734

     SEVENTH:  The Board of Directors shall have the power to adopt, amend or
repeal the bylaws of the Corporation.

     EIGHTH:  Election of directors need not be by written ballot unless the
bylaws of the Corporation so provide.

     NINTH:  (1) A director of the Corporation shall not be liable to the
Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary
duty as a director to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware Law.

     (2)(a)  Each person (and the heirs, executors or administrators of such
person) who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to, or is
involved in any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding,
whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact
that such person is or was a director of the Corporation or is or was serving at
the request of the Corporation as a director of another corporation,
partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, shall be indemnified and
held harmless by the Corporation to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware
Law.  The right to indemnification conferred in this ARTICLE NINTH shall also
include the right to be paid by the Corporation the expenses incurred in
connection with any such proceeding in advance of its final disposition to the
fullest extent authorized by Delaware Law. 

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The right to indemnification conferred in this ARTICLE NINTH shall be a contract
right.

     (b)  The Corporation may, by action of its Board of Directors, provide
indemnification to such of the officers, employees and agents of the Corporation
to such extent and to such effect as the Board of Directors shall determine to
be appropriate and authorized by Delaware Law.

     (3)  The Corporation shall have power to purchase and maintain insurance on
behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the
Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a
director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint
venture, trust or other enterprise against any expense, liability or loss
incurred by such person in any such capacity or arising out of his status as
such, whether or not the Corporation would have the power to indemnify him or
her against such liability under Delaware Law.

     (4)  The rights and authority conferred in this ARTICLE NINTH shall not be
exclusive of any other right which any person may otherwise have or hereafter
acquire.

     (5)  Neither the amendment nor repeal of this ARTICLE NINTH, nor the
adoption of any provision of this Certificate of Incorporation or the bylaws of
the Corporation, nor, to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware Law, any
modification of law, shall eliminate or reduce the effect of this ARTICLE NINTH
in respect of any acts or omissions occurring prior to such amendment, repeal,
adoption or modification.

     TENTH:  The Corporation reserves the right to amend this Certificate of
Incorporation in any manner permitted by Delaware Law and, with the sole
exception of those rights and powers conferred under the above ARTICLE NINTH,
all rights and powers conferred herein on stockholders, directors and officers,
if any, are subject to this reserved power.

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     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name this 11th day of March,
1998.




                           /s/ Eric Dann
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                           Eric Dann



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