AT&T Announces Expanded Rollout of U-verse TV Service
U-verse has only 7,000 subscribers to date? In isolation, I'd say this proves my point that the telecos should be acting as a wholesaler of TV delivery bandwidth rather than end seller, but then there's the Verizon subscriber numbers, which aren't so shabby...
AT&T needs to get moving fast, or the U-verse "death watch" countdown clock will start to tick on Wall Street...
The following story excerpt is from today TV Predictions newsletter:
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AT&T says it's shaking off the cobwebs and will soon roll out its TV service to several more markets. The telco offers nearly 30 different High-Definition channels, more than any other TV provider except for EchoStar's Dish Network.
The company had launched its 'U-verse' TV service in 11 cities at the end of 2006, but software glitches forced it to hit the pause button. AT&T is using IPTV software from Microsoft, which has a history of TV-related software problems.
However, AT&T says it will offer U-verse in parts of Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin at once and Dallas-Fort Worth and Kansas City next month. Several more markets are expected to get the service soon thereafter.
Like Verizon, which has also launched a TV service, AT&T hopes that U-verse will appeal to viewers frustrated with cable and satellite.
"We have had our fits and starts, but right now we feel we're in a pretty good place," John Stankey, AT&T's group president for operations support, told the Associated Press yesterday. "We're ready to play the game and put numbers on the board."
The company says it now has only about 7,000 subscribers, although it's available in markets with more than two million homes, according to AP. The wire service says Verizon had signed up 217,000 subscribers by the end of 2006.
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