November 20, 2005
With U-Verse, AT&T breaks into the TV service industry in a big way with five packages (U100, U200, U300, U400 and U-family). But what stands out are the various cutting-edge viewing features it brings to your TV lifestyle.
Total Home DVR (recordable receiver) eliminates the need for additional DVRs. One DVR supports any U-verse connected TV in the home. And you can watch standard definition (SD) and HD recordings from a single DVR on any connected TV. One DVR would allow me to watch Showtime's Dexter in my living room while my wife watches local news in the bedroom. You can connect a total of 8 TVs to a DVR and play back up to 4 recorded shows at once.
AT&T is the only video provider to include an HD-capable DVR with all packages (except the U100) at no extra cost.
Online Photos from Flickr, an online photos channel, lets you conveniently watch slide shows and browse online photos from any TV connected to U-verse.
Cost: U100 is the basic plan with up to 120 channels (without Video-on-Demand) and U-family comes with 70 family-oriented channels and Video-on-Demand. Both cost $44 a month. U400 offers the most channels -- up to 350 -- for $99 a month.
HD: U-verse TV offers more than 75 HD channels. Service costs $10 per month in addition to package prices. For an extra $5 a month, you can add an HD Premium package, which features exclusive access to Universal HD, MGM HD and Smithsonian Channel HD.