AT&T’s live TV streaming U-Verse service is now available for Android devices. AT&T subscribers can now watch over 100 live channels from their Google-powered hardware, including more than 20 channels that are available away from home.
The U-Verse app supports Android tablets, although support is still limited to a total of 30 devices. It requires a U-family or higher TV plan and Wi-Fi.
AT&T’s U-verse service delivers streaming television over DSL with DVR capabilities. AT&T has also begun offering a 45 Mbps tier, called U-verse Power, in California, Nevada, and 40 additional markets across 15 states in the Northeast, North Central and Southeast.
According to DSL Reports, an AT&T website glitch revealed the names and prices for several U-Verse broadband tiers that have yet to be officially announced. The website references what appears to be placeholders for 75 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 150 Mbps and 300 Mbps tiers non-promotionally priced at $91, $111, $155, and $199 per month.
The 45 Mbps U-verse Power tier is currently available at introductory rates as low as $49.95 a month for up to 24 months when bundled with qualifying TV and voice services. At the end of the promotional period, prices will rise above $70 a month. The company achieves 45 Mbps rates over phone lines through channel bonding.
AT&T reported their DSL and U-verse broadband numbers total 7.7 million, with a total of 4.5 million TV customers at the end of 2012. The company said it is currently on track to reach its goal of approximately 57 million customer locations by the end of 2015.
By contrast, Verizon, added 144,000 Internet customers and 134,000 FiOS TV customers last year bringing the company to a total of 5.4 million FiOS Internet and 4.7 million FiOS video customers.
Comparing the three different delivery technologies – IPTV, cable and satellite – IPTV had just 10.9% of the total of some 85 million TV subscribers in the United States by the eight major operators.
At the end of Q412, about 48.7% were using cable, with 40.4% using satellite.
Meanwhile, Netflix says their total US subscriber count has reached 29.93 million – that’s more than HBO’s 28.7 million subs. Last year at this time Netflix had 25.1 million US customers. Internationally it has 9.19 million subs and is anticipating that it will add more than three million customers total in the next quarter.
Over the Top video providers don’t need to deliver 1,000 channels all at once – just the one or two you want to see right now.