Wednesday, December 20, 2006

AT&T Launches U-verse TV in SF Bay Area

AT&T announced the initial launch of its U-verse TV service in parts of the San Francisco Bay area, including parts of the cities of Cupertino and Saratoga, and parts of the cities of San Ramon and Danville. AT&T said it now expects to launch U-verse in eleven markets by the end of the year, with plans to launch in additional markets in early 2007.

AT&T U-verse is offering:

  • more than 300 channels, including digital music, local, and premium movie and sports programming.

  • a more than 25 High Definition (HD) channels-and high speed Internet access.

  • Web remote access to digital video recorder (DVR)

  • built-in picture-in-picture functionality that allows subscribers to "channel surf" on any television without leaving the program they're watching.

  • specially designed set top boxes, manufactured by Motorola, all of which are HD-capable and include universal remote controls that provide backlit buttons and one-touch access to video-on-demand, DVR, and other

  • a premium Spanish-language package

Three packages of AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet U-verse Enabled will be made available to AT&T U-verse customers:

  • Elite: Downstream up to 6.0 Mbps, upstream up to 1.0 Mbps.

  • Pro: Downstream up to 3.0 Mbps, upstream up to 1.0 Mbps.

  • Express: Downstream up to 1.5 Mbps, upstream up to 1.0 Mbps.