AT & T launches U-verse services in parts of Ala., S.C., Tenn., Ohio

Mon, 12/22/2008 - 8:34am
Traci Patterson

AT&T has launched its U-verse TV and U-verse high-speed Internet services in parts of Birmingham, Ala.; Columbia, S.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Middle Tennessee.

AT&T said that it will make its U-verse services available to more homes throughout the areas on an ongoing basis.

AT&T offers customers 85 high-definition (HD) channels. U-verse TV subscribers have the ability to set their digital video recorder (DVR) from any location – including any Web-connected PC or compatible AT&T mobile phone (wireless service charges apply) – and can simultaneously record up to four standard-definition (SD) programs, or two HD programs, with the DVR. Customers can also store up to 37 hours of HD content, or up to 133 hours of SD content, which is more storage than most cable providers' DVRs, according to AT&T.

And with AT&T’s Total Home DVR, customers can watch recorded SD and HD programs from a single DVR on any connected TV in the home. They can also pause a recorded show and pick-up where they left off in another room, and can playback multiple recorded shows at once. In November, AT&T announced that it had finished rolling out its Total Home DVR in each of the 69 markets where U-verse services were available (story here).

AT&T U-verse TV subscribers also have access to AT&T Online Photos from Flickr, which allows them to upload photos and watch slideshows on their TVs. Other features of U-verse TV include AT&T U-bar, which brings customizable weather, stock, sports and traffic information to the TV screen; Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football; TV; AT&T Yahoo Games, which are also available on the TV screen; Built-in Picture-in-Picture; fast channel changing; and an ever-growing video-on-demand (VOD) library.

And AT&T U-verse High-Speed Internet provides consumers with a maximum downstream speed of up to 18 Mbps, and a maximum upstream speed of up to 1.5 Mbps. All AT&T U-verse High-Speed Internet packages include wireless home or office networking at no extra cost. Subscribers also receive virtually unlimited e-mail storage, anti-virus and anti-spam software, and access to AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, with free unlimited connectivity at more than 17,000 hotspot locations nationwide.

Additionally, AT&T’s U-verse Voice service is now available in parts of Toledo, Ohio. U-verse Voice brings together customers’ home phone, wireless, broadband and TV services — all on one bill.

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