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TCI TO RAISE CERTAIN RATES, LAUNCH PAY-PER-VIEW MOVIES

 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 ~PRNewswire~ -- TCI of Pennsylvania, Inc., today announced that the monthly rate for Basic Service will increase by 3.5 percent in most of its cable television systems, and the monthly rate for Expanded Basic Service will increase by 55 cents to $2.50 in most systems.
 The new rates are effective Jan. 1, 1993.
 The company also announced that it will introduce up to three channels of pay-per-view movies in most systems, with most titles priced at $3.99 and films shown at multiple times to provide maximum customer convenience.
 Because local customer rates vary slightly among municipalities, there is no standard Basic Service rate in TCI of Pennsylvania systems. However, in most Greater Pittsburgh systems, the new monthly rate for Basic Service will be $18.96, compared to $18.32 currently. Thus, an Expanded Basic Service customer will pay $18.96 for Basic Service plus $2.50 for Expanded Basic Service, or a total of $21.46 per month, compared to $20.27 per month now.
 In the City of Pittsburgh system, which offers three les? of service, Basic Service will increase from $12.25 per month to $12.65 per month; Expanded Basic Service will increase from $18.85 per month to $19.50 per month; Expanded Basic Plus Service will increase from $1.95 to $2.50 per month.
 A City of Pittsburgh customer now paying $20.80 per month for Expanded Basic Service and Expanded Basic Plus Service will pay $22.00 per month as of Jan. 1.
 Other changes effective Jan. 1 are:
 -- The monthly rate for Home Box Office will increase by 45 cents in most systems. Premium service combinations that include HBO also will increase by 45 cents. These rates are subject to applicable taxes.
 -- The late payment fee of $2, which has not changed since its inception in 1987, will increase to $3 in most systems.
 William Goldsmith, state manager for TCI of Pennsylvania, said the company has worked hard over the years to keep cable as economical as possible.
 "As other businesses," Goldsmith said, "we have experienced increases in operating expenses, which in some areas are greater than the inflation rate. However, following the guidelines in the 1992 Cable Act, we have limited the increase to the regional cost of living index, plus increases in programming expenses."
 Goldsmith said the company is fully cognizant of its responsibilities under the 1992 Cable Act.
 "The rate regulation provisions of the new Cable Act do not take effect until April 3, 1993," Goldsmith said. "Until that time, the 1984 Cable Act applies. The upcoming rate increase complies with present law, as well as the guidelines outlined in the '92 Cable Act."
 With the new pay-per-view channels, customers will pay only for those movies they order. Until now, TCI of Pennsylvania has offered only special events, such as boxing and wrestling matches and the Olympics Triplecast, via pay per view.
 "We'll continue to offer these special events," Goldsmith said, "and we will enhance our offerings with recent film releases. We've seen the growing popularity of video rentals, and we believe our pay-per-view variety will provide a convenient and economical option."
 Three pay-per-view channels will debut Dec. 1 in the City of Pittsburgh system, with the introduction in other systems to be phased in over the next several months.
 In the City of Pittsburgh, Channels 86, 87 and 88 will be designated for pay-per-view movies, with Channel 88 to be programmed at a later date. Channel 81 will feature special pay-per-view events, while Channel 60 will offer "sneak previews" of upcoming pay-per-view features.
 To accommodate these changes, The Prevue Guide will move from Channel 60 to Channel 55 and will continue to be simulcast on Channel 10. The Weather Channel, now simulcast on Channel 55 and Channel 85, will be shown on Channel 85 only.
 All customers will be informed of the rate increases through billing inserts and an infomercial. TCI of Pennsylvania serves approximately 500,000 customers in the commonwealth, including approximately 350,000 customers in Greater Pittsburgh.
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 ~CONTACT: Evan Pattak of TCI of Pennsylvania, 412-771-8700, ext. 1440~


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