Delivering on its commitment to connecting the three screens that many consumers value the most -- the PC, the TV and the wireless phone -- AT&T Inc. announced that AT&T Homezone(SM) customers can now manage their television recordings via wireless handsets. This new offering positions AT&T among the first major entertainment providers to offer this advanced feature.
Additionally, AT&T announced that it has expanded the service's on-demand content offerings via the Internet to include thousands of additional program titles, now that Akimbo titles are available to AT&T Homezone customers, offering them one of the industry's most robust selections of downloadable broadband-enabled content for television.
Awarded the 2007 North American Product of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, AT&T Homezone service integrates AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet, AT&T | DISH Network satellite television and AT&T Home Networking services via a single set-top device.
Homezone customers can now view listings and manage and schedule recordings on the Homezone receiver via compatible wireless phones and devices from wireless carriers. This adds to previously available features, which allows Homezone customers to schedule and manage such recordings through a Web browser on their PCs and to trigger video-on-demand downloads, a future feature of wireless integration.
In addition to expanding ways to access the system remotely, AT&T has expanded its on-demand content library to include thousands of additional titles from Akimbo. This new content builds on AT&T's numerous alliances with content providers that enable access to movies, music and photos from the Homezone receiver. These alliances include Yahoo! (for LAUNCHcast music, Movie Showtimes, AT&T Yahoo! Photos) and Movielink (for movies on demand).
"When consumers think TV, we want them to think AT&T," said Rick Welday, chief marketing officer-AT&T Consumer, "and compelling features, like wireless remote access and thousands of downloadable titles, give us an entertainment service that goes beyond others on the market today."
Wireless Remote Access
Homezone customers can use the newly expanded wireless remote interface to interact with their in-home AT&T Homezone entertainment receiver through any Web Access Protocol 2.0-compliant cell phone or other hand-held device.
Homezone customers with compliant cell phones can access their Homezone system to view listings and to search and schedule recordings of video content. In the future, this functionality will expand to include remote access to photos, music and other system content. The new wireless feature is included in the monthly $9.99 price for Homezone service; although, customers may be charged by the carrier for online data usage, depending on their specific plan with their wireless carrier.