AT&T Integrates Homezone Service with Wireless Phones, Expands Downloadable Titles with Akimbo Content
Homezone Customers Can Soon Program Their TV from Their Wireless Phone, Enjoy Thousands More Titles via Internet-Based Video on Demand
San Antonio, Texas, January 8, 2007, Delivering on its commitment to connecting the three screens that many consumers value the most — the PC, the TV and the wireless phone — AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that its AT&T HomezoneSM customers will soon be able to manage their television recordings via wireless handsets. This new offering positions AT&T among the first major entertainment providers to offer this advanced feature.
Additionally, AT&T announced that it will expand the service’s on-demand content offerings via the Internet to thousands of additional program titles when the service with Akimbo is available to customers, offering them one of the industry’s most robust selections of downloadable broadband-enabled content for television. This content upgrade will be live later this month.
AT&T Homezone service integrates AT&T Yahoo!® High Speed Internet, AT&T | DISH Network satellite television and AT&T Home Networking services via a single set-top device.
Later this month, Homezone customers will be able to view listings and to manage and schedule recordings on the Homezone receiver via compatible wireless phones and devices from wireless carriers. Today, Homezone customers can schedule and manage such recordings through a Web browser on their PCs, and they can trigger video-on-demand downloads, a future feature of wireless integration.
In addition to expanding ways to access the system remotely, AT&T has also expanded its on-demand content library to include thousands of additional titles from Akimbo. This new content builds on AT&T’s numerous alliances with content providers that enable access to movies, music and photos from the Homezone receiver. These alliances include Yahoo! (for LAUNCHcast music, Movie Showtimes, AT&T Yahoo! Photos) and Web Remote Access and Movielink (for movies on demand).
“When consumers think TV, we want them to think AT&T,” said Rick Welday, chief marketing officer-AT&T Consumer, “and compelling features, like wireless remote access and thousands of downloadable titles, give us an entertainment service that is beyond other video services on the market today.”
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About AT&T Homezone
AT&T Homezone combines the best of AT&T | DISH Network Digital Satellite TV service with the Power of AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet (AT&T Yahoo! Photos, AT&T Yahoo! LAUNCHcast, AT&T Yahoo! Movie Showtimes, and Movies on Demand) to offer customers an entirely new connected entertainment experience. Monthly $9.99 AT&T Homezone Enablement Fee applies, and monthly $5.98 AT&T | DISH Network DVR service fee applies as part of AT&T | DISH Network Service. Customers must have, or purchase, a compatible AT&T Wireless Gateway. To subscribe to AT&T Homezone service, customer must be a new AT&T | DISH Network customer and a new or existing AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet customer and choose a combined bill for these services. Other restrictions, including credit restrictions and qualification, apply. Service not available in all areas. Additional fees apply for premium content. Taxes and fees extra.
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