that starting on Oct. 15 subscribers to its U-verse IPTV service will be able
to use their Xbox 360 video game console as an additional set-top box to
receive television packages.
At the same time, AT&T also said it will offer U-verse Mobile
devices, beginning in November.
The U-verse Mobile app will be preloaded so that any AT&T
wireless customer with a Windows Phone 7 device — whether or not they are a
U-verse TV customer — can download and watch TV shows. It also marks the first
time an AT&T U-verse service will be available nationwide.
The Xbox 360 U-verse receiver will receive and send chats and
game invitations from friends through Xbox Live while watching live TV. Users
can switch seamlessly between a game and a TV program without switching video
The device will provide the same U-verse TV experience and
features available today, including the ability to watch live TV; manage and
play back DVR recordings; and access interactive apps, program guide, an On
Demand library and more, AT&T said.
U-verse TV on Xbox 360 also allows customers to avoid an extra
box on their entertainment center and the need to pay a monthly rental fee for
an additional receiver.
New customers can order the $99 Xbox kit at (800) ATT-2020 when
they subscribe to U-verse, and a U-verse technician will load U-verse software
on their Xbox 360 during a service installation.
In November, any AT&T Windows Phone 7 owner will be able to
access the U-verse Mobile app to browse or search a library of downloadable
shows, and select which series or specific episode to download over Wi-Fi to
U-verse Mobile also enables managing DVR recordings.
Subscribers with qualifying TV plans get the download and watch
capability included at no extra charge. AT&T Windows Phone 7 users without
a qualifying U-verse TV plan will be able to subscribe to download and watch
with U-verse Mobile for $9.99 per month.