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AT&T to Offer 20 Channels of TV For Web Viewers

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Tue, 12 Sep 2006 13:24:51 -0500

AT&T Inc. said on Tuesday it will launch a new Internet browser-based
television service that will allow subscribers to watch 20 channels,
including Fox News and the Weather Channel, on their computers.

The live TV service, named AT&T Broadband TV, will be available to
high-speed Internet users at $19.99 a month, adding to AT&T's line-up
of video products to meet growing demand for mobile and over-the-Web

Although the service does not work overseas, AT&T said one target
customer group would be U.S. travelers, who will be able to watch live
TV on their laptops as long as their Internet connection speed is at
least 500 kilobits per second.

The new service faces competition from all corners of the media and
technology world, from free Webcasts of prime-time TV shows such as
"Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" that are available on ABC's site, to
movie download services like CinemaNow and online video services such
as YouTube and Google Video.

It would also compete against Sling Media Inc., whose $200 consumer
electronics device lets viewers watch all of their cable channels on
Internet-connected laptops and handheld devices with no monthly fee.

AT&T, the biggest U.S. phone company, said it would work with media
streaming services provider MobiTV Inc. to offer the service, which
will also offer programs from Food Network, History Channel and
Bloomberg TV.

Phone companies like AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc. have
launched Web and video services over the past year to compete with
cable companies that have taken away their customers with combined
video, voice and Internet services.

AT&T recently launched AT&T Homezone, a television service delivered
to customers using high-speed Internet connections. The company said
it now has 7.8 million subscribers for its DSL (digital subscriber
lines) service.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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