AT&T adds Android app for U-verse TV
Michelle Clancy | 23-10-2013
AT&T is looking to boost its TV everywhere proposition with new apps for streaming live U-verse IPTV to more than 30 Android mobile devices and through Uverse.com.
Earlier in October the company announced more than 100 live TV channels had been added to the U-verse App for those with a U-family or higher U-verse TV package. About 20 of them are available for streaming outside of the home, but AT&T said that it plans to add more live channels on an ongoing basis.
In addition to live TV, users can also access on-demand titles, manage their DVRs remotely and use advanced search functionality for discovering content.
The amount of content available is becoming a key differentiator for pay-TV operators. "The market is still developing with many of the early growing pains, like authentication, finally starting to take a back seat to the content," said ABI Research senior analyst, Michael Inouye. "In many respects the technology is in place to increasingly offer wider reaching TVE services. Securing the rights to broader content distribution is the primary remaining hurdle, but once standard metrics are developed the content floodgates are expected to open wider."