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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Our presentation may also contain non-GAAP financial measures, as defined in Regulation G, adopted by the SEC. We provide a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in our Form 8-K filed on February 18, 2009, which can be found on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, announcing our quarterly earnings.
Pro forma results adjust for certain cable segment acquisitions and dispositions, including the acquisition of Susquehanna Communications (April 2006), the cable systems acquired and sold in the Adelphia/Time Warner transactions (July 2006), the cable systems resulting from the dissolution of the Texas/Kansas City Cable Partnership (January 2007), Comcast SportsNet Bay Area/Comcast SportsNet New England (June 2007), the cable system acquired from Patriot Media (August 2007), and the dissolution of the Insight Midwest Partnership (January 2008). Consolidated and cable pro forma results are presented as if the transactions noted above were effective on January 1, 2005. The net impact of these transactions increased the number of video customers by 3.4 million. Pro Forma customer data also includes 20,000 video customers acquired in various small acquisitions during 2005 and 2008. The impact of these acquisitions on our segment operating results was not material. Please refer to our earnings release for a reconciliation of pro forma financial data.
Operating Cash Flow is defined as operating income before depreciation and amortization, excluding impairment charges related to fixed and intangible assets and gains or losses on sale of assets, if any.
Free Cash Flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as "Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities" (as stated in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows) reduced by capital expenditures and cash paid for intangible assets and adjusted for any payments related to certain non-operating items, net of estimated tax benefits (such as income taxes on investment sales, and non-recurring payments related to income tax and litigation contingencies of acquired companies). The definition of Free Cash Flow specifically excludes any impact from the 2008 Economic Stimulus package. Free Cash Flow per Share is calculated by taking Free Cash Flow (as described above) divided by diluted weighted-average number of common shares outstanding used in the calculation of earnings per share.