AT&T Has 18,000 U-Verse Subscribers
Launches remote DVR management service
by Karl Bode 09:11AM Thursday Apr 19 2007 Tipped by caco
Having just hit the 10k mark
, AT&T yesterday announced
that their U-Verse IPTV VDSL service now has 18,000 users and will be launched in the Los Angeles area shortly. AT&T insists the service should pass (not necessarily serve) 8 million consumers by the end of the year. U-Verse is currently only available in select portions of fifteen U.S. markets. From the release:
"Our video strategy is showing strong momentum as we add new subscribers at an increasing rate," said Ralph de la Vega, group president-Regional Wireline Operations, AT&T. "Consumers are clearly hungry for an alternative to the cable companies, and AT&T U-verse is a very attractive choice. We offer more High Definition channels than local cable companies in the markets we serve, the ability to record up to four programs at once, and the ability to set DVR recordings remotely using the AT&T Yahoo! portal or, soon, a mobile device."
Of course, users are still waiting to see that promise of dual HD streams in action. It's interesting to see AT&T be so forthcoming with the subscriber count -- Verizon included FiOS customers with DSL customers in financial reports until they felt their total was impressive enough. While you have to start somewhere, 18,000 when compared to the nation's 68.3 million cable customers doesn't awe quite yet.
The company also says
that U-Verse users can now schedule and manage their U-verse TV recordings from AT&T wireless phones and devices. As always, discussion of the service can be found in our U-Verse forum
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said by MarkyD:Yeah it is. I can't believe their max broadband package with U-Verse is 6mbps/1mbps. Most of the cable companies around here (not mine, mine thinks it's still 1982 when they first deployed) are offering 10mbps/1.5mbps or in some cases better. I understand it's a new service but if you're going to compete then you have to offer better services. Pretty soon DirecTV is going to be offering 100+ HD channels. Oh and don't even get me started on the areas that still can't get DSL.
AT&T's effort at next gen offerings is pretty horrible.
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Re: Too Slow, Deployment Failed 18k shows that they can lure their employees to sign onto their new system by giving them discounts, etc. that's it.
i'm truly curious if we are witnessing the slow destruction of AT&T by their poor choices, or if, as some have predicted, they will change courses after the current ceo leaves with his golden parachute.
said by quetwo:Not passing millions of customers til year end 2007.
If they are ohh-ed and ahh-ed about 18,000 when they pass MILLIONS of customers
, then we should all be worried. Other telcos have a much higher penetration rate for their services. Regular cable providers have an even higher penetration rate.
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Re: I am seriously in total awe... Very simple.
Let's say you live in the area that is served by TWC and soon to become Comcast. You suddenly notice that several HD channels are dropped, some moved to some sort extra package. Your monthly bill has been increased.
You've been with them for 5 years and call to complain and ask if there is anything they can do not to raise the pricing as you have been a loyal customer for a long time and you also mention that U-verse is available in your area.
CS representative says: "I am sorry. I am afraid there is nothing I can do" You say: "Then, I guess, my the only option is to order U-verse." CS replies: "Good luck, is there anything else I can do for you?"
You say NO. Call to order U-verse. It takes one week before installation and 5 hours of installation. You get every channel they have, DVR, Internet, 25+ HD channels (crappy but watchable) and pay almost the same as you would with TWC/Comcast.
Two months later TWC/Comcast finally realizes they are losing customers and you started getting mail from them: "We miss you. Come back for only $99 triple play!"
Oh yeah, and weeks later they announce: "We will no longer carry HBOHD and SHOTIMEHD West feeds, we remove all west feeds and if you want Tennis channel, you will pay extra..." we