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UGC Gears Up for IPTV

Pan-European cable operator UnitedGlobalCom names vendor partners for its IP-based services in the Netherlands

June 1, 2005

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DENVER -- UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. ("UGC") (Nasdaq: UCOMA) today announced a number of key vendors as leading technology partners for its plans for an accelerated rollout of digital television to UPC Broadband's analog cable subscribers in the Netherlands. These partners include, among others: Thomson, Pace, Scientific-Atlanta, Philips, Kudelski (Nagravision), and OpenTV.

As recently announced, UGC's UPC Broadband division expects to begin in the fourth quarter of 2005 a large-scale digital rollout project in The Netherlands. As a result of this initiative, UPC Broadband expects to eventually deploy over 2 million digital set-top boxes with related middleware and security and conditional access systems, in order to accelerate the growth of digital television in the Dutch market.

Sudhir Ispahani, Chief Technology Officer for UGC Europe said: "UPC Broadband is now actively rolling out its digital services platform in The Netherlands and launching new suites of digital and IP based services that will focus on dynamic new services such as Video on Demand, interactive TV and new broadband communications services like unified messaging. We have chosen certain vendors as strategic suppliers of digital set top box hardware and software. We plan to leverage their broad multi-media technical innovation and global deployment experience to meet our technical expectations, user requirements and cost effective solutions."

Gene Musselman, President and Chief Operating Officer for UPC Broadband said: "After years of preparation and investment, our networks, back-office and operations are now ready for the planned accelerated digital rollout in The Netherlands. We are also pleased to see significant improvements in the innovation and performance of the latest products offered by our vendors. The cost curves are coming down, which enables us a large scale approach in satisfying a growing demand with our customers for advanced digital television services."

UnitedGlobalCom Inc.

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