first caught wind of AT&T's Homezone service back in April -- you know, the one that combines satellite TV from Dish Network, film downloads from MovieLink, and a DVR that can be programmed from the web -- and now the company has begun rolling out the set top boxes that make it all happen to select customers in Ohio and San Antonio. Hooking the box up to your home network not only gets you those $5 MovieLink downloads, but also allows you to stream content such as photos and music from your PC -- similar to the functionality of a networked TiVo. Future plans for Homezone include support for video-on-demand from Akimbo as well as a high-definition version, which should put the HDMI port located on the back of current-gen boxes to better use. While the $10-a-month service does seem to offer some compelling features, it feels like somewhat of a stopgap solution until AT&T is able to introduce its U-Verse IPTV offering in more markets; so unless you just gotta have access to downloadable flicks in your living room, you may want to hold out for the more integrated option.
[Via Zatz Not Funny]
AT&T launches Homezone
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