will become the next entrant into the realm of streaming television
and movies, with a slew of content partnerships and the launch of a new website, AT&T Entertainment
"video entertainment" will be available through partnerships with
networks and studios that include ABC, Bravo, CBS Entertainment, CBS
News, CNBC, NBC, Oxygen, SyFy, The CW and USA Network, through
partnerships with ABC, NBC Universal (via Hulu) and CBS Interactive.
Users will be able to browse the available shows and movies
alphabetically, by genre, by network or by studio and the television
shows will be available after their initial broadcast airing. The site
will be available on computers and smartphones.
What makes this site different from some similar, previously announced sites, such as Comcast's "TV Everywhere
initiative (Time Warner and Verizon also have latched onto that
program), is that you don't have to be an AT&T customer to get the
channel. The site is open to everyone. And free.
But AT&T U-verse TV and Internet customers will have an advantage
over other users. They can use the U-verse Web Remote Access
application to schedule and manage their DVR recordings via the web.
While the application isn't new - it's been available since 2006, now
it can be used for the web-based content as well. And AT&T U-verse
isn't available everywhere yet, either.
The company said it was looking to add more programming and movies from other major providers in the near future.