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EchoStar, SBC team up on video service

Direct-broadcast satellite provider EchoStar Communications Corp. and SBC Communications Inc. are forging a new
partnership to provide multichannel-video service as part of SBC's bundled

To help fund the venture, dubbed SBC Dish Network, SBC will invest $500
million in EchoStar, convertible to stock.

The service -- which will provide integrated ordering, billing and customer
service -- is slated to roll out in early 2004.

SBC has been looking for ways to offer video service to its bundled

Also Monday, DirecTV Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. unveiled a new
partnership to deliver DirecTV service to Qwest's single-family subscribers in
Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and Seattle.

The service will roll out in 2003 and 2004.

The two companies also extended a similar existing deal for multifamily