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Liberty Global Buys Czech Operator

Liberty Global agrees to purchase Karneval, the second largest cable operator in the Czech Republic, for €322.5M

August 10, 2006

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DENVER -- Liberty Global, Inc. ("Liberty Global") (Nasdaq: LBTYA - News, LBTYB - News, LBTYK - News) today announced that, through one of its affiliates, it has entered into an arrangement to purchase Karneval s.r.o. and Forecable s.r.o. ("Karneval"), the second largest cable operator in the Czech Republic for an estimated purchase price of EUR 322.5 million, subject to regulatory approval.

Karneval offers cable television and broadband services to residential customers. At June 30, 2006, Karneval had approximately 310,000 revenue generating units ("RGUs") including 253,000 video RGUs and 57,000 broadband Internet RGUs.

Mike Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global said, "We are pleased to announce this transaction in the Czech Republic, one of our fastest growing markets in Central Europe. Upon closing, the acquisition of Karneval will consolidate UPC's leadership position in the Czech Republic with approximately 800,000 RGUs. The combined UPC Czech/Karneval will be well positioned to participate in the rapid growth of advanced broadband services in the region. Considering that we anticipate closing this transaction towards the end of the year, the purchase price represents a 9.8 multiple on our estimate of Karneval's 2007 operating cash flow, before transaction costs, under IFRS accounting standards including anticipated realized synergies in the first year. Additionally, we anticipate significant additional synergies from combining Karneval with our existing UPC Czech business will be realized over time. In the meantime, we look forward to working with Czech regulators to get the transaction approved as soon as possible."

Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)

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