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TCI CABLEVISION OF CALIFORNIA REACHES AGREEMENTS WITH EVERY BROADCASTER IN ITS SERVICE AREAS

 WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- TCI Cablevision of California announced today that it has reached agreements with all of the television broadcasters in its service areas -- approximately 100 stations statewide -- allowing California's largest cable operator to continue carrying these stations on its local cable systems.
 Under provisions of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, cable companies are not permitted to carry broadcast stations on their cable systems after midnight, Oct. 5, 1993 without the expressed consent of the broadcasters.
 "We are delighted to report that every station has been willing to work with us in reaching consent agreements," said Dale Bennett, vice president and state manager for TCI Cablevision of California. "In some cases, negotiations continued up to the deadline, but we are glad that we reached agreements before the cutoff date. We want to thank these broadcasters for working cooperatively with us and for granting us permission to continue carrying their TV signals, thus avoiding any inconvenience for our cable subscribers."
 Under terms of new regulations placed on the cable industry by Congress and the FCC, broadcasters were given two options concerning their future relationships with cable operators. They could either elect the "must carry" provision, meaning that a cable operator would be compelled to carry their signal on a channel designated by the broadcaster, or they had the option of selecting the "retransmission consent" provision, requiring cable operators to obtain the expressed permission of broadcasters to carry their signal on local cable systems.
 Profile of TCI Cablevision of California
 TCI Cablevision of California, the largest cable television Multiple System Operator (MSO) in the state, operates some 153 local cable franchises in California. The company has invested more than $1 billion in its cable franchises and plans additional capital spending of $200 million over the next three years. TCI serves one million of the estimated six million cable customers in California. The company has 2,000 employees and has a payroll and benefits package totaling $70 million annually. TCI also provides basic cable service to over 2,000 public and private schools free of charge through the TCI Education Project. Its parent company, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) (NASDAQ: TCOMA), with headquarters in Englewood, Colo., is the nation's largest cable television operator, serving 10.4 million customers in 49 states.
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 /CONTACT: Valorie Castellana of TCI Cablevision of California, 510-988-8600, or Gary Quackenbush or Bill Freed of Neale-May & Partners, 415-328-5555/
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