Showtime Reups with Charter

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Cable MSO Charter Communications Inc. has renewed Showtime on its systems through 2008. Those systems represent approximately 6.2 million subscribers.

As part of the deal, the two have created a digital movie package of Showtime, The Movie Channel, Flix, Showtime HD and Showtime On Demand as a 4$ add-on to the basic digital package. that will make the price of digital basic plus the Showtime bouquet of services $49.95.

The companies have been testing the package since October as a way to drive Charter subs to switch to digital, but for competitive reasons they have been keeping it under wraps until the new affiliation deal was done.