AT&T's U-verse TV and broadband service advanced steadily in the first quarter as the carrier added 231,000 video customers and about 208,000 to its broadband base, the telecom reported today, saying that three-fourths of its U-verse base takes a triple-play or quad-play bundle. At a 13% penetration rate, AT&T said that U-verse TV reached 2.295 million homes. In wireless, AT&T added 1.9 million net new subscribers, many of them attributed to its foray into the connected-device market as revenue increased slightly at the entire company from a year earlier.
AT&T has confirmed that its U-verse service is moving in on a broader launch of new Mediashare technology that will enable subscribers to stream media from computers to home-entertainment centers linked to set-top boxes. "We're now bringing it to more U-verse markets over the coming weeks," said a company spokesman.
Saying it anticipated the action, Verizon Wireless asked a court to dismiss a patent lawsuit over visual voice mail technology brought Tuesday by inventor Judah Klausner against Verizon Wireless, Google and seven other companies. Klausner Technologies has settled similar claims with an array of companies, including Apple and AT&T, but in its federal court brief, Verizon Wireless said that not only was Klausner's patent invalid but that its own patent did not violate the Klausner one.
Forget about Peoria, AT&T's U-verse is playing in Wichita, Kan. The IPTV service currently offers 45 high-def channels and give viewers the ability to customize weather, stock, sports and traffic info.