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RENAISSANCE MEDIA GROUP LLC filed this Form S-4/A on 08/28/1998
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                                                                     EXHIBIT 5.1

    
                                 August 28, 1998
     


Renaissance Media Group LLC
Renaissance Media (Louisiana) LLC
Renaissance Media (Tennessee) LLC
Renaissance Media Capital Corporation
1 Cablevision Center, Suite 100
Ferndale, New York 12734

        Renaissance Media Group LLC
        Renaissance Media (Louisiana) LLC
        Renaissance Media  (Tennessee) LLC
        Renaissance Media Capital Corporation
        Registration Statement on Forms S-1 and S-4    
        File Number 333-56679
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Ladies and Gentlemen:
    
     We have acted as special counsel for Renaissance Media Group LLC, a
Delaware limited liability company ("Renaissance Group"), Renaissance Media
(Louisiana) LLC, a Delaware limited liability company ("Renaissance Louisiana"),
Renaissance Media (Tennessee) LLC, a Delaware limited liability company
("Renaissance Tennessee"), and Renaissance Media Capital Corporation, a Delaware
corporation ("Capital Corporation" and, collectively with Renaissance Group,
Renaissance Louisiana and Renaissance Tennessee, the "Companies"), in connection
with the preparation of the above-referenced registration statement (the
"Registration Statement"), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
(the "Commission") pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the
"Act"), to register
 the 10% Senior Discount Notes due 2008 and the related
guaranty (collectively, the "New Notes") to be offered in exchange for the
outstanding 10% Senior Discount Notes due 2008 (the "Old Notes").
     
     In preparing this opinion, we have examined and reviewed such documents and
made such investigation of law as we have considered necessary or appropriate to
render the opinions expressed below. We have reviewed (a) the Registration
Statement; (b) the limited liability company agreement as of the date hereof of
each of Renaissance Group, Renaissance Louisiana and Renaissance Tennessee; (c)
the Certificate of Incorporation and bylaws of Capital Corporation as of the
date hereof; (d) the Indenture entered into on April 9, 1998 by the Companies
and United States Trust Company of New York, as Trustee, providing for the
issuance of the New Notes (the "Indenture"); and (e) such other documents,
corporate records, certificates of public officials, certificates of officers of
the Companies and other instruments relating to the authorization and

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Renaissance Media Group LLC
Renaissance Media (Louisiana) LLC
Renaissance Media (Tennessee) LLC
Renaissance Media Capital Corporation
    
August 28, 1998
     
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issuance of the New Notes as we deemed relevant or necessary for the opinion
herein expressed. As to matters of fact relevant to our opinion, we have relied
upon certificates of officers of the Companies without further investigation.
     
     With respect to the foregoing documents, we have assumed (i) the
authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity with
authentic original documents of all documents submitted to us as copies or
forms, the genuineness of all signatures and the legal capacity of natural
persons, and (ii) that the foregoing documents, in the forms thereof submitted
for our review, have not been altered, amended or repealed in any respect
material to our opinion as stated herein.  We have not reviewed any documents
other than the documents listed above for purposes of rendering our opinion as
expressed herein, and we assume that the documents submitted to us for our
review have not been altered, amended or repealed in any respect material to our
opinion as stated herein.  We have not reviewed any documents other than the
documents listed above for purposes of rendering our opinion as expressed
herein, and we assume that there exists no provision of any such other document
that bears upon or is inconsistent with our opinion as expressed herein.  We
have conducted no independent factual investigation of our own, but rather have
relied solely upon the foregoing documents, the statements and information set
forth therein and the additional matters recited or assumed herein, all of which
we assume to be true, complete and accurate in all material respects.
    
     Our opinion is limited to matters of law of the District of Columbia, the
laws of the State of New York to the extent that the Indenture, the Old Notes
and the New Notes are governed thereby, the Delaware General Corporation Law,
the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act and the laws of the United States of
America, insofar as such laws apply, and we express no opinion as to conflicts
of law rules, or the laws of any states or jurisdictions, or the rules and
regulations of stock exchanges or any other regulatory body, other than as
specified above.
     
     Based upon and subject to the forgoing and any other qualifications stated
herein, we are of the opinion that the New Notes, when duly executed,
authenticated and delivered in accordance with the provisions of the Indenture
against payment therefor and under the terms and conditions described in the
Registration Statement and the Indenture, will constitute valid and binding
obligations of the Companies, subject, as to enforcement (i) to any applicable
bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance, reorganization, moratorium and
similar law relating  to or affecting creditor's rights generally and (ii) to
general principles of equity and judicial discretion.

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Renaissance Media Group LLC
Renaissance Media (Louisiana) LLC
Renaissance Media (Tennessee) LLC
Renaissance Media Capital Corporation
August 28, 1998
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     We hereby consent to the use of this opinion as Exhibit 5.1 to the
Registration Statement and to all references to our firm in the Registration
Statement, including the reference under the caption "Legal Matters" contained
in the prospectus filed as a part thereof; provided, however, that in giving
such consent we do not admit that we come within the category of persons whose
consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the Rules and Regulations of
the Commission thereunder.
                                           DOW, LOHNES & ALBERTSON, PLLC
     

                                           By: /s/ Stuart A. Sheldon
                                              __________________________________
                                               Stuart A. Sheldon
                                               Member