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UPC bands with Philips for hi-def

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Liberty Global’s UPC Broadband has pacted with Netherlands-based consumer electronics giant Philips to begin rolling out high-definition TV across 13 territories in Europe, starting with Holland early next year.

UPC will introduce a Philips-manufactured interactive HDTV set-top box.

The companies are targeting the 2006 World Cup Soccer tourney skedded for June and July in Germany.

No date has been released for the rollout in other territories.

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