Charter to Launch HDTV Services in Five Markets

Charter Communications Inc. will start making HDTV programming available in five markets in the second quarter of 2002. Customers in Alhambra/Pasadena and Glendale/Burbank, Calif.; University Park, Texas; South Miami, Fla.; and Birmingham, Ala. will be able to access HD coverage through the cable network. Kalamazoo, Mich., St. Louis and other markets will be added later.

A Charter official said the new offerings are a response to the increasing number of HDTVs owned by its customers. Charter will start with HD programming from the major networks, HBO and Showtime, where available. Customers with HD sets will be able to access the programming through a special device provided by the company.