AT&T's U-Verse connects wirelessly to TVs

October 25, 2011 By PETER SVENSSON , AP Technology Writer

AT&T Inc.'s U-Verse TV service is going wireless - inside the home. Its new set-top boxes will use the home's Wi-Fi to get their TV programming, with no need for a coaxial cable.

That means TV sets can be moved from room to room and still work.

"You could move your U-Verse to the patio for the football game if the weather's nice or to the guest room if you have guests coming in," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer.

That's not really why AT&T developed it, though. The company was looking for a way to cut installation time and cost, Christopher said. With wireless boxes, installers won't need to run or drill through walls.

U-Verse is delivered with Internet technology rather than standard cable technology. That makes it easier for AT&T to send the signal wirelessly. Other, smaller phone companies have used set-top boxes for a few years.

The service uses standard Wi-Fi and has about the same range. The boxes will be available starting next week for a one-time fee of $49, plus the standard monthly $7 box rental fee. They're made by Cisco Systems Inc.

A Wi-Fi hotspot can serve up to two set-top boxes wirelessly. A home can have two more set-top boxes, but they would have to be wired up, since the hotspot has limited capacity. All four could show high-definition programming simultaneously.

AT&T Inc. sells U-Verse in areas where it's the local-phone company. It has 3.6 million subscribers, making it the eighth-largest pay-TV provider in the U.S.

Explore further: Ideal set-top box would combine DVR, wireless and remote access

0 shares

Related Stories

U-verse offers TV alternative and more

May 27, 2009

OK, I admit it. When I am asked to test questionable software, I usually install it first on my wife's computer. And my kids are crash-test dummies ramming head-first into all sorts of dubious products. But they don't care ...

New tech extends range of AT&T U-Verse service

July 15, 2010

(AP) -- AT&T Inc. said Thursday that it's deploying a new, but long-promised, technology to reach more homes with its U-Verse service, which provides cable TV and higher Internet speeds.

HBO Go comes to TV, through Roku players

October 11, 2011

(AP) -- HBO's Internet streaming service, which gives subscribers access to its shows on PCs, smartphones and tablets, is going back to where it all started: the TV.

Recommended for you

Robo-whiskers mimic animals exploring their surroundings

August 4, 2015

Many mammals, including seals and rats, rely on their whiskers to sense their way through dark environments. Inspired by these animals, scientists working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois' Advanced ...

Thunderstrike 2: Proof-of-concept worm could infect Macs

August 4, 2015

Two researchers, Xeno Kovah co-founder of LegbaCore and Trammell Hudson, a security engineer with Two Sigma Investments, have created a proof of concept worm capable of attacking Mac computers. The worm which they designed ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

wukka
not rated yet Oct 25, 2011
"way to cut installation time and cost"

and yet: "one-time fee of $49, plus the standard monthly $7 box rental fee"

uh it should be dirt cheap, as mentioned installers no longer need to run wire or drill holes. WTF?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.