AT&T U-verse Marks One-Year Anniversary of Giving Los Angeles Consumers Real Choice in Television Service
Strong Market Response Reflects Customer Desire for Enhanced TV Viewing, State-of-the-Art Interactive Features
Los Angeles, California, May 20, 2008
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that AT&T U-verseSM TV is now available in parts of more than 50 communities in Greater Los Angeles area, marking a significant expansion since AT&T U-verse launched locally in May 2007. In the year since service has been available, AT&T U-verse TV has redefined the television experience for Los Angeles consumers, using a 100 percent IP-based platform that enables new, innovative features and raises TV viewing to a whole new level.
"More Los Angeles consumers are realizing that AT&T U-verse TV is more than just TV; it's about a complete entertainment experience," said Kurt Engstrom, general manager for AT&T Los Angeles. "U-verse TV offers better choice, a huge HD lineup, popular programming and greater control and features. No wonder customer response has been so strong."
The rapid expansion of AT&T U-verse in the Los Angeles area mirrors the growth of U-verse services nationwide. AT&T recently announced that it ended the first quarter with has 379,000 U-verse customers and is on track to reach 1 million customers by the end of 2008.
Los Angeles customers can choose from a variety of U-verse packages, which include popular programming options, unmatched features and prices that start as low as $44 a month, depending on the selected programming and Internet packages (other monthly charges apply).
Since introducing U-verse services in Los Angeles, AT&T has launched several new features that take advantage of its 100 percent Internet Protocol (IP)-based platform. IP technology helps U-verse TV offer advanced capabilities that customers don't get from other local providers, such as the ability to record four programs at once on the digital video recorder (DVR), Web and Mobile Remote Access to the DVR and access to more than 40 High Definition (HD) channels.
The interactive features — available to customers at no extra charge — that were added in the past year and further differentiate U-verse TV from cable include:
- AT&T Online Photos from Flickr, which lets you simply and conveniently browse the photos you've uploaded to flickr.com and watch slide shows on your U-verse TV screen from the comfort of your couch.
- AT&T U-bar, which brings customizable weather, stock, sports and traffic information to the U-verse TV screen, without interrupting the current program. AT&T High Speed Internet subscribers can personalize the U-bar from the AT&T portal to display weather at specific locations, your personal stock portfolio and scores for your favorite sports teams.
- YELLOWPAGES.COM TV, for fast and easy searches to find local businesses and other information via your TV screen.
- AT&T Yahoo! Games, so you can now play your favorite online games — including Sudoku, Solitaire, JT's Blocks, Mah-jongg Tiles and Chess — on the TV screen.
"This has been a tremendous year for both Los Angeles consumers and AT&T U-verse TV," said Engstrom. "But this is only the tip of the iceberg. We've got a lot more in store for our customers and are ready for a big 2008."
AT&T is the only national provider to offer a 100 percent IP-based television (IPTV) service, making AT&T U-verse TV one of the most advanced television offerings available anywhere. AT&T is deploying next-generation video services, including AT&T U-verse TV, as part of its mission to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else.
AT&T U-verse is now available in the following Greater Los Angeles-area communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Anaheim, Arcadia, Bell Canyon, Brea, Buena Park, Burbank, Canoga Park, Carson, Chatsworth, Corona, Costa Mesa, Encino, Fontana, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Gardena, Glendale, Hawthorne, Irvine, La Crescenta, La Habra, Laguna Niguel, Lomita, Mayflower Village, Montebello, Moorpark, Moreno Valley, Norco, Northridge, Orange, Palmdale, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Reseda, Riverside, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, South Pasadena, Stanton, Temple City, Topanga, Tustin, West Hills, Westminster and Yorba Linda.
For additional information on AT&T U-verse — or to find out whether it's available in your area — visit http://uverse.att.com, call 800-ATT-2020 or stop by one of the 137 Greater Los Angeles-area retail locations.
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