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TCI OF PENNSYLVANIA INTRODUCES DIGITAL AUDIO SERVICE FEATURING 30 FORMATS OF UNINTERRUPTED CD MUSIC

 TCI OF PENNSYLVANIA INTRODUCES DIGITAL AUDIO SERVICE
 FEATURING 30 FORMATS OF UNINTERRUPTED CD MUSIC
 PITTSBURGH, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- TCI of Pennsylvania, Inc., announced today that it will begin offering a new CD-based digital audio service, featuring 30 formats of uninterrupted music, to most of its 350,000 customers in Greater Pittsburgh.
 The service, known as Digital Music Express, offers customers a wide variety of high quality audio programming that is unavailable through more traditional sources. The service is available beginning today.
 Formats offered by Digital Music Express encompass virtually every kind of music, from rock to Bach, from opera to rap. The music is uninterrupted by disc jockeys or commercial messages. And because Digital Music Express draws from a library of 490,000 CD titles, its variety may be unprecedented.
 "We're excited to be bringing our customers this unique audio service," said Charles Knudsen, marketing manager for TCI of Pennsylvania. "It has the promise to do for stereo what cable did for television.
 "We're especially pleased to offer it as an optional premium service, so that only those customers who opt for it will pay for it."
 Digital Music Express is a product of International Cablecasting Technologies, a Los Angeles-based company formed by executives from the music, cable and consumer electronics industries. Watching as the compact disc quickly became the fastest-growing product in consumer electronics history, these executives tapped their collective talent and experience and created a new concept in music listening -- digital audio cable.
 The delivery of the service is similar to that of cable television itself. The service is delivered to TCI of Pennsylvania systems via satellite, and to customers' homes by the company's cable systems.
 At the customer's home, the signal is split in a simple installation process, so that part of the signal goes to the television and part to the stereo. Because of this technology, Digital Music Express cannot be offered as a stand-alone service and can be ordered only by TCI of Pennsylvania cable customers.
 TCI also provides the necessary digital tuner, on a rental or purchase basis, as well as a remote control unit for channel selection and volume control. A special feature to be available next month is called the "DMX-DJ," a remote control unit that tells the listener the name of each song, the performing artist, the album title and the recording industry catalog number. Composer information as well is provided for Classical and Show Tune formats.
 Cost to the customer for all 30 Digital Music Express music channels is $4.95 per month, plus $5 per month for tuner rental (or $7.95 for the DMX-DJ). Customers can avoid tuner rental charges by purchasing the unit for $99.95, with a two-year warranty included.
 One-time installation charges are $19.95 or $29.95, depending on the proximity of the stereo to the television. Customers also will have the option to hook up the service themselves by purchasing a self-installation kit for $7.95. As an introductory offer, all installation charges will be waived through July 15, 1992. All charges are subject to applicable state sales tax.
 Knudsen invited interested customers to stop by the local TCI of Pennsylvania office for a hands-on demonstration, or to call for a no-obligation at-home demonstration. Customers can order now by calling 800-756-4DMX.
 "We've set up demos in all our lobbies," Knudsen said, "and we welcome any customers who would like to sample Digital Music Express. Believe me, it's an earful."
 DIGITAL MUSIC EXPRESS
 High Notes
 -- What it is
 New audio service, delivered by cable, that features 30 channels of uninterrupted CD music.
 -- What it offers
 30 channels (each customer gets all 30) including:
 Symphonic Today's Country Great Singers
 Chamber Music Traditional Country Beautiful Instrumentals
 Opera Latin Ballads New Age
 Lite Jazz Soul Ballads Hottest Hits
 Classic Jazz Blues Album Rock
 Big Band/Swing Dance Heavy Metal
 Classic Rock Reggae Alternative Rock
 '50s Oldies Latin Rhythms Show Tunes
 '60s Oldies Rap World Beat
 Folk Rock Love Songs Contemporary Christian
 -- Where it's available
 TCI of Pennsylvania systems in Greater Pittsburgh service approximately 350,000 homes.
 -- When it's available
 Now, in most systems. Kiski and Greensburg systems will launch this summer. Customers can order by calling 800-756-4DMX or their local TCI of Pennsylvania offices.
 -- Who can order
 TCI of Pennsylvania customers in Greater Pittsburgh systems. In the City of Pittsburgh, Digital Music Express is part of Expanded Basic Service.
 -- Who can't order
 Those with stereo units (typically older units) that lack auxiliary input capability.
 -- What it costs
 Monthly fee $4.95
 Monthly tuner rental $5.00 (with standard remote) or
 $7.95 (with "DJ" remote) or
 Tuner purchase $99.95 (two-year warranty)
 Installation $19.95 (if stereo unit within 10 feet
 of television) or
 $29.95 (if stereo unit greater than
 10 feet from television or in another
 room) or
 $7.95 (self-installation kit)
 Installation is free through July 15, 1992. All charges are subject to applicable state sales tax.
 -- Where it can be sampled
 Hands-on demos are available at TCI of Pennsylvania customer service lobbies, and the company also provides no-obligation at-home demonstrations.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Walsh, 412-922-9610, or Evan Pattak, 412-771-8700, ext. 1440, both of TCI of Pennsylvania; or Debra Tennison of International Cable Technologies, 310-444-1744/ CO: TCI of Pennsylvania, Inc.; International Cablecasting
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