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AT & T starts rollout of whole-home DVR

Tue, 09/23/2008 - 8:25am
Mike Robuck

AT&T has expanded the rollout of its U-verse whole-home DVR service, which is now available in Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Fresno, Calif., and St. Louis.

Earlier this month, AT&T announced its Total Home DVR initiative, which lets subscribers playback standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) recorded content on other connected TVs in the home. The free service was first deployed to AT&T customers in the San Francisco Bay area and is slated to be deployed across AT&T’s entire footprint by the end of the year.

The Total Home DVR also lets customers stop a movie in one room and resume watching it in another on up to seven additional U-verse-connected TVs. The service can store up to 133 hours of SD programming, or 37 hours of HD programming. The Total Home DVR can also simultaneously playback four SD recordings, or three HD recordings.

AT&T was able to automatically upgrade the Motorola and Cisco/Scientific Atlanta receivers through its IP network by pushing software client upgrades to each subscriber during routine overnight maintenance windows.

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