AT & T enhances U-verse services

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 8:35am
Brian Santo

AT&T announced some new features it will introduce later this month, including upgraded DVR capabilities, user interface enhancements, increased downstream speeds for AT&T U-verse High-Speed Internet Max residential and business customers, and a new On-Demand Top Picks application for customers in select markets.

The U-verse enhancements announced today include a DVR feature the company believes is unique: the ability to schedule and manage recordings from any U-verse receiver in a multi-room DVR installation (instead of from the DVR receiver room only).

Jeff Weber, vice president of video services for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, said, “With AT&T U-verse, you’re getting DVR capabilities you can’t find from any cable providers, exciting and useful apps and faster broadband speeds. We’re giving you an advanced entertainment experience, and this is still only the beginning.”

All AT&T U-verse High-Speed Internet Max customers have been given increased downstream speeds from up to 10 Mbps to up to 12 Mbps.

The new On-Demand Top Picks application will enable U-verse TV customers to view on-demand recommendations based on their past video rental history and view a list of the top-10 on-demand titles U-verse TV customers are renting. The app will also give customers the ability to rate a movie they have previously rented. That feature will be available to customers in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Hartford, Conn., St. Louis, Atlanta, Sacramento, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, within the next few weeks. AT&T has plans to make the app available to all U-verse TV customers next year.

There are no charges for any of the new features. As a bonus, all U-verse TV customers will get unlimited access to Starz at no extra charge during July.

More Broadband Direct 06/16/09:
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•  AT&T enhances U-verse services
•  Concurrent releases new data collection platform
•  FairPoint names Hauser CEO
•  Nielsen Co., Digimarc form new joint ventures
•  U.K. plans universal access to high-speed Internet
•  Study: Streaming media a growing cash cow
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•  Broadband Briefs for 06/16/09



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