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AT&T Introduces U-verse in Ann Arbor


High Definition Programming and Other Compelling Features Make AT&T U-verse TV Cooler Than Cable

Through June 30, New Customers May Receive Two Months of Free TV With 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

A new world of communications and entertainment is now available to residents in the Ann Arbor area. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced the launch of AT&T U-verseSM, which utilizes AT&T’s new fiber-rich network to offer cutting-edge television and high speed Internet services. AT&T is the only national provider to offer a 100 percent Internet Protocol (IP)-based television service, making U-verse TV “cooler than cable” and one of the most robust and feature-rich services available today.

AT&T U-verse services are initially available in parts of the Ann Arbor metropolitan statistical area (MSA), including Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. AT&T will continue to increase availability throughout the area on an ongoing basis.

AT&T U-verse offers customers a combination of next-generation digital television — including access to more than 25 High Definition (HD) channels — and high speed Internet access. The award-winning AT&T U-verse TV includes cutting-edge features that are unmatched in the market, while the new U-verse enabled AT&T Yahoo!® High Speed Internet builds on AT&T’s position as the nation’s leading provider of broadband DSL.

“We’re excited to bring AT&T U-verse services to Michigan,” said Jennifer Jones, AT&T vice president and general manager for Michigan. “The content, unique features and great value of AT&T U-verse TV will make watching television even more enjoyable for Ann Arbor residents.”

The introduction of AT&T U-verse services in Michigan follows progressive legislation passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed in December 2006 by Governor Jennifer Granholm. U-verse services are also available to households in parts of the Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSA.

Beginning today, AT&T U-verse TV will offer Ann Arbor area residents:

* A compelling variety of TV packages with more than 300 channels to choose from, including digital music, local, and premium movie and sports programming.
* More HD programming than the local cable providers. HD technology produces images more than twice as detailed as standard analog TV delivering rich, realistic video and multi-channel, movie-theater-quality sound. AT&T U-verse TV offers customers access to a lineup of more than 25 HD channels, along with HD digital video recording (DVR) capability. With select packages, new customers can receive one year of free access to HD programming ($10 a month thereafter).
* A growing Video on Demand library with one-touch access to movies and events.
* Web and Mobile Remote Access to DVR, which allows U-verse TV and Internet customers to schedule recordings from any Web-connected PC or compatible wireless phone using their AT&T Yahoo!® account. These features are unique to AT&T among local video providers.
* The ability to record up to four programs at once using a DVR receiver, another exclusive feature unmatched in the marketplace.
* Built-in Picture-in-Picture functionality that allows subscribers to “channel surf” on any television without leaving the program they’re watching.
* Fast channel-changing, reducing the delay experienced with other digital video services.
* 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 services.
* A premium Spanish-language package featuring novelas, movies, news, sports, children’s programming, talk shows and more. New customers can receive the package at no charge for the first two months ($10 a month thereafter).
* The ability to search for programs using title or actor’s name.
* Easy-to-use parental controls to block live programs, recorded programs or videos by specific channel or ratings.
* Three HD-capable TV receivers — one with a DVR, which allows customers to pause, rewind, replay and record live TV — at no extra charge with most programming packages. (Customers may add more receivers for $5 each a month.)

AT&T plans to add more channels and interactive applications in the future.

Customers can choose from five TV and three Internet packages to customize their entertainment experience. In addition to the popular U300 and U400 packages, AT&T also offers U-family, a market-leading family-friendly programming option. Current AT&T U-verse TV offers start as low as $44 a month, depending on the selected programming and Internet packages (other monthly charges apply).

Now through June 30, qualified new customers can join AT&T U-verse and receive free TV service, including HBO® and Cinemax®, for the first two full months when they choose the U300 or U400 programming package (other monthly charges apply). Thereafter, customers will continue to receive regular recurring monthly discounts on their U-verse package when they subscribe to a bundle of TV and Internet services. Also, AT&T is offering new customers a 60-day money-back guarantee, and customers who order U-verse TV and Internet by phone receive free professional installation.

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.

All high speed Internet packages offered as part of AT&T U-verse include wireless home-networking at no additional charge, giving users the freedom to access online photos, streaming video, games and other information using a wireless-enabled laptop or other device. Subscribers also receive virtually unlimited e-mail storage and powerful anti-virus and anti-spam software.

The deployment of next-generation video services reflects AT&T’s strategy to become customers’ preferred communications and entertainment provider and to deliver a video solution through its traditional footprint that provides greater value, flexibility and simplicity than competitors’ offerings. AT&T U-verse TV represents a critical new service in the company’s video portfolio, which includes AT&T HomezoneSM service and satellite broadcast offerings. AT&T U-verse TV also underscores the company’s strategy to deliver integrated services to the three screens that consumers value most: the TV, the PC and the wireless phone.

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