Dallas. — AT&T will begin offering its U-verse IP-based TV service (IPTV) through some 600 Circuit City and Wal-Mart stores.
The agreements are the first national retail deals for the fiber-optic broadband service, which also includes VoIP phone service and high-speed Internet access. The carrier already sells its phone and Internet services through the two chains, where it is demonstrated by sales associates and through in-store kiosks.
“We’ve been expanding U-verse availability at a rapid pace, and now we’re expanding the way millions of consumers can learn about the benefits of AT&T U-verse and order the service,” said Glenn Lurie, president of national distribution for AT&T. “We’re excited to add AT&T U-verse to the list of must-have items that consumers can get from these leading retailers. Our services are the perfect fit to accompany and enhance customers’ purchases.”
U-verse is currently available in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin, with additional markets to follow.
The carrier expects to have more than 1 million U-verse TV customers in service by the end of this year.