Monday, April 17, 2006

AT&T to Offer Akimbo in Homezone TV Service

AT&T will offer the Internet-based Akimbo video-on-demand service as part of its upcoming AT&T's Homezone TV service, scheduled to launch later this summer.

AT&T plans to offer the content available from Akimbo's library of more than 10,000 television programs and movies-on-demand. Akimbo said it is currently adding more than 150 new mainstream and niche titles in 85 different categories per week.

The service will have an online guide that enables AT&T Homezone subscribers to view a comprehensive listing of all Akimbo videos and movies. To help subscribers find videos that match their interests, the on-screen guide features a video search function, full program descriptions and video previews. Customers can also access the guide remotely from an Internet-connected computer to browse and download programs so that new shows are available for viewing when they get home.

AT&T Homezone, currently in trial in several states, will integrate AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet and AT&T DISH Network programming to provide video on demand, digital video recording, and Internet content, including photos and music, via a new set-top box. AT&T Homezone will be available to customers who purchase both AT&T | DISH Network satellite television and AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet services.

"Our agreement with Akimbo is yet another milestone as we prepare to launch our AT&T Homezone service - an entertainment service that we believe will be more powerful and compelling than anything offered on the market today," said Scott Helbing, chief marketing officer-AT&T Consumer. "Consumers want better solutions and more choices for entertainment, and we're committed to delivering that."http://www.TheNewATT.com

  • In March, Akimbo Systems announced a deal to make select titles from HDNet's library of HD content available for download through the Akimbo Service for Windows XP Media Center Edition. Co-founded by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, HDNet features up to 20 hours of new original programming each week, all produced in the highest quality 1080i HDTV format.

  • Akimbo is based in San Mateo, California and is funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sprout Group and Zone Ventures.


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