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October 02, 2008

AT&T U-verse Launches Total Home DVR in Connecticut

By Arun Satapathy, TMCnet Contributor

AT&T (News - Alert) Inc. today reportedly announced the launch of AT&T U-verse Total Home DVR in Connecticut.
The launch of Total Home DVR in Connecticut will allow U-verse TV users the freedom to play back Standard Definition and High Definition recorded programs on any connected TV in the home without any charge, company officials say.
“If you’re a family who fights over the DVR or just wants the flexibility to watch your recorded shows on any TV in the house, AT&T U-verse Total Home DVR is the perfect solution for you,” said Chad Townes, AT&T’s general manager. “With our 100 percent Internet Protocol network, we are able to constantly evolve features and services to match the needs of viewers. Total Home DVR is the latest addition to our portfolio of unmatched features that give U-verse customers more control, on any TV, at a great price.”
The Total Home DVR in Connecticut is expected to help customers in the several areas.
They’ll be able to view HD and SD DVR recordings on other connected TVs in the home. In addition to this, up to seven additional U-verse-connected TVs can be accessed, played, paused, rewind and fast-forward for user convenience. All U-verse DVRs and receivers are HD-capable.
Users can also: pause a recorded show and pick up where you left off in another room; play back multiple, independent viewings of the same recorded show on different TVs; play back up to four recorded shows at once. Up to three can be HD recorded programs; watch up to five HD programs simultaneously throughout the home, including two live HD programs and three recorded HD programs; record more of the show you want to see with soft padding, which automatically adds 1 minute to the beginning and 2 minutes to the end of each pre-scheduled recording; and organize recorded content by series. Series recordings will be grouped as a single heading in the recorded TV menu, making it easier for customers to manage and select their recorded programs.
AT&T says that using IP technology allows Total Home DVR capabilities can be seamlessly provided to existing customers’ DVRs without swapping the current equipment. The U-verse network architecture and IPTV (News - Alert) service allow Total Home DVR functionality to be enabled by a software update, without any action or hassle for existing customers.
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Arun Satapathy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arun's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan