Joining many of its pay-TV brethren, AT&T has added live Internet streaming to its U-verse TV service.
As posted on the AT&T community forums and reported by Engadget, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is now delivering live, in-home access to "approximately 108 channels." Of those channels, 25 are also available for streaming outside the home. Participating networks include the Travel Channel, HGTV, Starz, and Showtime.
AT&T launched live streaming to the iPad for subscribers on September 30 and for the iPhone on October 7. A few live channels are available on Uverse.com today, with more planned for the near future. AT&T plans to introduce support for Android phones and tablets on October 21.
Live streaming has taken a major step forward in 2013. Such key vendors as Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) and thePlatform Inc. have boosted their video publishing platforms to accommodate a wider range of TV Everywhere services. Plus, many large pay-TV providers are already offering at least a subset of their channel line-ups live online. (See Adobe Boosts TVE Platform and thePlatform Places Live TV Bet.)
AT&T is not the only provider to offer access to some channels outside the home WiFi network. Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) introduced out-of-home streaming with a handful of networks last spring, allowing users to access local news and sports channels on its iPad Optimum app. Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) also offers some live content for out-of-home streaming, including programming from Aspire, BBC America, beIN Sports (English/Spanish), FearNet, GMC, Pac-12, and the TVGuide Network. (See Time Warner Takes TV on the Road.)
— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading Cable