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Thursday, December 15, 2005, 12:00 pm PT (03:00 pm ET)

HBO wants to bring the Sopranos to your iPod

Time Warner Inc.'s HBO cable network hopes to make a deal at some point with Apple Computer to deliver programming to the video iPod, the network's chief executive said on Thursday.

"I'm very excited by the video iPod," said Chris Albrecht during a press event at HBO's offices. "At some point, I think we would have some arrangement with them."

Albrecht's comments came as HBO and Cingular Wireless jointly announced a multiyear exclusive deal, where HBO will beam clips from its daily diet of programming — include hit television shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and the Sopranos — to Cingular mobile phones.

HBO has also reportedly agreed to send Cingular customers exclusive clips of future hit shows.

Apple's iTunes music and video store offers customers the option of purchasing digital copies of some hit television series for $1.99 each. The store currently features shows from television networks ABC and NBC.