AT&T U-verse wireless receiver
Chances are, you put your TV in the most convenient spot based on where the requisite cables are feeding into your abode. And putting a set in a new room usually means someone is breaking out a drill. Well, starting October 31st, AT&T U-verse customers will no longer be constrained by wires! (Besides HDMI and power cords, that is.) The company's new wireless receiver pairs with your AT&T-issued residential gateway and pulls in broadcasts over WiFi. What the provider claims is the first consumer wireless receiver of its type should simplify installation and free customers from the worry of running coax around their homes. You could even drag your big screen out to the patio and try to enjoy the "big game" under the glare of the sun. Just don't make lugging your 42-incher around a habit -- hernias aren't covered by the warranty. The receivers will be available to order on Monday for a one-time fee of $49 and a $7-a-month rental fee there after. Check out the (bizarre) demo video and PR after the break.

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Industry's First Integrated Wireless Receiver Gives U-Verse TV Customers More Freedom to Easily Watch TV Anywhere, in Any Room in the Home

Dallas, Texas, October 25, 2011

You've probably always arranged your living room furniture around one fixture, without even thinking twice about it: the TV and TV outlet. For the first time ever, U-verse TV customers have the flexibility to set up their TV virtually wherever they want it - anywhere, in any room, on any wall.

The AT&T* U-verse® TV Wireless Receiver is the first fully-integrated wireless receiver available from any TV provider, and gives U-verse TV customers even more freedom to watch TV when and where they want it, including rooms without an existing U-verse outlet. The Wireless Receiver will be available for order on Monday, Oct. 31. With the U-verse Wireless Receiver, you can enjoy:

The flexibility to design your room and arrange your furniture to suit your style, since the TV is no longer tied to the TV outlet. In a customer survey conducted by AT&T, more than two-thirds of respondents said it was very or somewhat important to have the flexibility to move the TV from one location to another without needing a TV outlet.
The ability to have a TV in rooms not typically wired for TV, including an outdoor covered patio. More than 80 percent of customers said an important reason for having a Wireless Receiver was so they could place a TV in a room where there's not an existing TV outlet, such as a kitchen or outdoors. More than half of survey respondents said they would most likely use a Wireless Receiver to move a TV to their porch or patio.
The ability to easily move your TV for special events. Thirty percent of customers surveyed said they would relocate a TV so they could have multiple TVs in a room to watch a sporting or pay-per-view event.
The ability to move your TV to the guest room or basement for house guests. More than 59 percent of survey respondents said they would relocate a TV to entertain visitors or guests.
Extra value of one receiver serving multiple rooms. With the flexibility and ease to move your TV around your home, the U-verse Wireless Receiver eliminates the need for dedicated U-verse receivers in less-frequented rooms.
A faster and simpler set-up process for customers and U-verse technicians. The U-verse Wireless Receiver simply connects to the TV and plugs into a power outlet. A wireless signal strength indicator helps you find the best place for your U-verse Wireless Receiver.
The same advanced U-verse TV experience and features available today, including the ability to watch live Standard Definition or High Definition TV and access interactive TV apps, your program guide, the U-verse Movies library and more. The Wireless Receiver also has full Total Home DVR capabilities to manage and play back recordings and pause and rewind live TV from any TV in the home.

"For decades, the TV outlet has dictated how viewers can arrange their furniture and where they place their TV," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Now, for the first time, customers have the freedom to move the TV virtually whenever and wherever they want to, without a special appointment with a service technician. It's another innovation for U-verse TV."

The U-verse Wireless Receiver is available for a one-time fee of $49 and a standard $7 per month receiver rental fee.

How it Works

TV content is delivered from the wireless access point near the residential gateway over your in-home Wi-Fi to the U-verse Wireless Receiver, made by Cisco. All U-verse Internet packages include wireless home networking at no extra cost. The easy set-up reduces the time for installation appointments because technicians won't need to rewire or add outlets, and it's also simple for existing customers to add a wireless receiver on their own.

You may view a demo of the U-verse Wireless Receiver here.

AT&T U-verse TV is the fastest growing TV service in the country and the only 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service offered by a national service provider. U-verse is built on the mission of bringing customers an innovative and better experience than cable, and the industry's first fully-integrated Wireless Receiver is the latest example in a long line of enhancements. AT&T U-verse TV ranked "Highest in Residential Television Service Satisfaction in the North Central, South and West Regions," according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction StudySM.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to www.att.com/uverse to see if you qualify.

AT&T U-verse TV: Residential customers only. Prices, programming, features and offers subject to change without notice. A one-time TV service activation fee of $36 applies. A one-time fee of $49, and monthly recurring fee of $7, per wireless receiver applies; power outlet and connection of receiver to TV required; Limit 2 per household; Go to att.com/freedom for details. Technical restrictions apply; may not be available to all customers.

AT&T U-verse received the highest numerical score among television service providers in the North Central, South and West regions in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Residential Television Service Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 23,880 total responses from measuring 12 providers in the North Central region (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI), 13 providers in the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX), and 10 providers in the West (AZ, CA, CO, ID, IA, MN, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) and measures consumer satisfaction with television service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in Nov. 2010, Jan. 2011, April 2011 and July 2011. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.