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AT&T's U-Verse Planned for 15 Cities


By Todd Spangler 10/30/2006

AT&T plans to expand the U-verse TV service to 15 markets by the end of 2006 - but identified only one of them, Houston, outside of its original San Antonio base. Some analysts are skeptical the phone company can hit that many markets before the year is out.

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In response to an analyst's question about issues involved in delivering HD channels, Lindner said: "The field trial with HDTV is going well in Houston. We have done some upgrades to our network here in San Antonio, so we'll roll HDTV here at the same time. I believe the set-top boxes are on target, so I would expect by the end of November to be rolling on a commercial basis with HD in both San Antonio and Houston, and then we're lined up to begin rolling markets on a weekly basis after that."

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The company's 3,000 U-verse TV subscribers, a number it disclosed for the first time, is a drop in the bucket compared with those it has landed through a partnership with EchoStar Communications to resell Dish Network satellite-TV service. So far AT&T has signed up 583,000 video customers for Dish, increasing by 50,000 during the third quarter....

( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6386167.html )
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