said 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 for
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 inputs.
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 view.
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.