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Japanese electronics giant Matsushita, known as Panasonic in the U.S., has inked a deal with the nation's largest cable company, AT&T, to provide one million set-top boxes to AT&T Broadband subs over the next three years. Through the cable set-tops, the companies expect to introduce new broadband video, voice and data services, they said in a statement.

Panasonic will equip the boxes with high-speed DOCSIS compliant cable modems, enabling such services as Web-browsing, e-mail and interactive shopping and banking. The companies expect this joint venture to expand the competitive retail marketplace for advanced digital cable set-top boxes, in turn increasing new services and choices for consumers, and stimulating the introduction of new broadband video, voice and data services via cable set-tops.

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