Seth Morrison

By Joe Paone NEW YORK—Samsung likely made its rivals just a little more jealous yesterday after brokering an "unprecedented" HDTV-related deal with the cable industry. In the process, the joint project announcement showed that the country's cable giants apparently are committed to establishing a united front against aggressive satellite service providers like DIRECTV, Dish Network and VOOM for the hearts and minds of American HDTV consumers. Under the non-exclusive agreement, Samsung and eight of the nine U.S. cable giants, operating under the umbrella of The Marketer's Council of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), will jointly promote HDTV and the digital television transition. They

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