AT&T U-verse TV to Include Showtime Content
San Antonio, Texas, August 9, 2006, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI) today announced a distribution agreement to deliver Showtime linear, high-definition and on-demand programming as part of the AT&T U-verseSM TV channel lineup.
Under the agreement, Showtime will distribute the following content to AT&T U-verse TV customers: Showtime, The Movie Channel, Flix, Showtime Too, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime Women, Showtime FamilyZone, TMC xtra, Showtime HD, The Movie Channel HD, Showtime On Demand and The Movie Channel On Demand.
“AT&T U-verse TV is providing customers with some of today’s most cutting-edge television networks, and we’re proud to enhance U-verse viewers’ experience with programming from Showtime Networks,” said Amy Friedlander, senior vice president of programming, AT&T Operations, Inc.
“Our networks are in sync with AT&T U-verse TV to provide a personalized entertainment experience,” said Tom Christie, executive vice president of affiliate sales for Showtime Networks. “We are excited to be part of AT&T U-verse TV and to deliver our quality programming through this advanced, next-generation platform.”
AT&T U-verse TV is delivered by Project Lightspeed, the company’s initiative to expand the fiber-optics network deeper into neighborhoods to deliver U-verse TV, AT&T Yahoo!® High Speed Internet U-verse Enabled and, in the future, Voice over IP services. Through its subsidiaries, AT&T expects to reach nearly 19 million households by the end of 2008 as part of its initial deployment, using fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technologies.
Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
AT&T Inc. is one of the world’s largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 57.3 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at www.att.com.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNELTM and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME® TOOTM, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE® and TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HDTM, SHOWTIME ON DEMANDTM and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMANDTM. SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME® PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.
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