U.S. phone company AT&T Inc. said on Wednesday it began marketing its AT&T Homezone a longawaited service that combines highspeed Internet and satellite television in one settop box.
Homezone which offers digital video recording movies on demand photo and musicsharing and Webbased remote access is initially available in Ohio and San Antonio Texas ahead of a broader launch in coming months.
The new service comes as phone companies like AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc. launch various product bundles to compete against rival cable companies' allinone offerings of video voice and Internet services.
Homezone is meant to be an alternative to AT&T's Webbased television service UVerse which runs on fiber optic networks for customers who live in areas without fiber deployment said AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook.
AT&T has not announced any targets for Homezone sales.
It is aiming for million UVerse customers by . UVerse offers more capacity for quicker downloads with interactive capabilities and is already available in San Antonio where the company's headquarters are located.
AT&T's satellite TV partner is EchoStar Communications Corp..
Homezone will be available at various prices depending on features such as longdistance calling channels and Internet speed. Bundled packages will cost around $$ per month versus the $$ per month for the UVerse bundle a spokesman said.