We'd gotten a peak at AT&T's U-Verse Mobile app earlier this year, but it's now officially available for iPhone and BlackBerry Torch owners. You can set your DVR, sure, but you can also download shows to watch on your device.
At launch, select content will be available from from 10 networks, including ABC, ESPN, Disney, Discovery Channel and more. Shows will typically become available four to seven days after originally airing, and will expire in two to three weeks depending on the content provider. More networks and shows will be added over time.
You can only download over Wi-Fi (which, given your new AT&T data plans, will save you from some monster bills). The U-Verse Mobile app is also currently available only to iPhone and BlackBerry Torch owners - no iPad or Android yet, although AT&T says that they're working on bringing the app to other platforms.
U-Verse becomes the first US cable provider to add this functionality, and while you can get significantly more shows on your phone with, say, Hulu Plus, U-Verse Mobile has the added benefit of being free. Well, free if you're already a U-Verse customer.
AT&T LAUNCHES U-VERSE MOBILE APP TO LET CUSTOMERS RECORD AND WATCH TV SHOWS FROM IPHONES
First TV Provider to Offer iPhone App with DVR Management and Ability to Download and Watch TV Content While on the Go
DALLAS, Aug. 9, 2010 - AT&T* today announced its AT&T U-verse® Mobile App is now available on the App Store.
The U-verse Mobile app gives U-verse subscribers the ability to download and watch popular TV content on their iPhone so they can take their U-verse TV experience with them, wherever they go. AT&T is the first TV provider to offer an integrated mobile app that allows you to both manage your DVR and download and watch select shows. The app is another example of how AT&T delivers more value to U-verse TV customers with continued service enhancements and innovative apps.
U-verse Mobile replaces the popular Mobile Remote Access for iPhone app and incorporates the ability to browse the U-verse TV program guide, view program descriptions, schedule and manage your DVR recordings, while adding the ability to download available episodes over any Wi-Fi connection, and watch them in full-screen mode on your iPhone from anywhere. U-verse TV customers already enjoy the flexibility of remote DVR management. More than 100,000 U-verse TV customers use the Web and Mobile Remote Access apps every month.
"We're making it possible for you to watch TV shows on your iPhone at no extra charge. It's just one more valuable and innovative feature available on U-verse TV," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our U-verse multi-screen promise is now a reality for millions of U-verse TV customers, with content available on U-verse TV, U-verse Online, and today, U-verse Mobile. No cable provider comes close to matching the cross-platform experience we're delivering today, and we'll continue to add unique features that further integrate these screens."
All U-verse TV customers can download the app to manage their DVR, and the ability to download and watch content is available for customers that subscribe to the U300 package or higher. U-verse customers can upgrade their TV packages at any time at www.att.com/u-verse. New U-verse TV customers and iPhone owners that order AT&T U-verse U300 or U450 will receive a $US75 iTunes gift card.
You can browse or search a library of downloadable shows, and select which series or specific episode you want to download. The content is downloaded to iPhone over a Wi-Fi connection. All AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet customers have home Wi-Fi installed as part of their service and get access to AT&T's U.S. Wi-Fi network at no additional cost.
The U-verse Mobile App includes TV shows from several popular networks and AT&T will continue to add more content on an ongoing basis. U-verse Mobile is the latest way that AT&T is mobilizing everything that's important to customers - their favourite content, apps, entertainment and social networks. AT&T today delivers the nation's fastest mobile broadband network as well as the nation's largest Wi-Fi network, giving customers the best combination of speed and coverage.
The U-verse Mobile App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
AT&T U-verse offers numerous features and apps that enhance your entertainment experience, including many ways that TV and wireless services work together - a benefit that cable providers don't offer. In addition to U-verse Mobile, you can check your wireless and U-verse Voice messages from a single voice mailbox; use the YP.COM TV app to search for local business information and send the call to your home or wireless phone with the click of your remote; and more.
AT&T U-verse TV is the only 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service offered by a national service provider, making AT&T U-verse one of the most dynamic and feature-rich services available today. AT&T U-verse TV ranked "Highest in Residential Television Service Satisfaction in the South and West Regions Two Years in a Row," according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction StudiesSM. For additional information on AT&T U-verse - or to find out if it's available in your area - visit www.att.com/u-verse.