AT&T has started offering two high-definition streams with its U-verse television offering. That means U-verse subscribers will now be able to watch one HD show and record another on a DVR at the same time, which previously was not possible.
AT&T has broadened access to its U-verse TV and Internet service in southeastern Wisconsin, saying it now passes 200,000 homes in the Milwaukee, Racine and Sheboygan areas more than a year after it introduced U-verse in the state. The company also detailed its plans to pump $400 million into Louisiana over the next few years to expand its fiber network even as state lawmakers consider legislation that could give AT&T a statewide video franchise.
Profit at AT&T rose from $2.85 billion to $3.46 billion in the first quarter on the strength of adding 1.3 million net wireless customers. High-speed Internet connections rose 14%, and its U-verse TV service grew 148,000 subscribers in the quarter, as AT&T maintained its target of reaching 1 million U-verse customers by year-end.
AT&T will provide Flickr photo-sharing services on its U-Verse IPTV service under a deal with parent Yahoo! Branded AT&T Online Photos from Flickr, the service will bring slide show and photo-browsing features from flickr.com onto U-verse customers' TV screens.