While AT&T's U-verse TV service announced increased support for second screen apps earlier this year and enhanced its own app for iPad with sharing features recently, it's just delivered a new app that brings Facebook to the TV screen. The customized interface brings in user's status feed, friends list and photos, where they can comment or leave standard messages to the service. There's also naturally a tie-in allowing them to share information and updates about the shows they're watching on the IPTV service directly through the app. According to the press release (included after the break) it can handle up to ten different accounts on a single receiver, so they don't all have to post updates to one unlucky members account. Despite seeing many made-for-TV-screens social networking apps we haven't found one that was definitely easier to use than keeping that kind of info on a second screen phone, tablet or PC, but we'll wait to hear from U-Verse subscribers about how well this effort is working.
AT&T Brings Facebook® to your TV Screen with New U-verse TV App
Dallas, Texas, August 29, 2012
Whether it's on your computer or mobile device, accessing your social media sites has always been at your fingertips. Now, you can connect with Facebook on your TV screen using Facebook on TV, the latest interactive app available from AT&T* U-verse® TV. The app enables you to connect to your Facebook account while you are watching your favorite shows.
The Facebook on TV interactive app delivers an even better way to watch TV. Through the TV app, you can:
View your news feed, friends list and photos.
Post status updates and share information about the shows you're watching.
Interact with friends and view their timelines, photos, and status updates.
"The TV experience is becoming more social, and we've always focused on delivering interactive TV apps that are more engaging and provide an overall better experience," said Maria Dillard, Vice President of U-verse and Video Products, AT&T Home Solutions. "This app gives U-verse TV and High Speed Internet customers the ability to share information about what they're watching on their TV with their remote, on any U-verse TV screen. It's another example of how we continue to enhance and bring more value to the U-verse experience."
The Facebook on TV app can be enjoyed by everyone in your household. U-verse TV customers can add up to ten different accounts on a single receiver. To access Facebook on TV, customers will need an existing Facebook account and a U-verse High Speed Internet account. You can create a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com.
U-verse TV customers already have access to several additional social TV apps at no extra charge.
AT&T U-verse added more TV subscribers in total over the last 3 years than any of the major cable TV providers reported** and is the only 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service offered by a national service provider.
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.
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**Claim based on comparison of major TV providers' subscriber counts as of 2Q2012.
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