For AT&T, U-Verse Is Picking Up Steam

18 thoughts on “For AT&T, U-Verse Is Picking Up Steam”

  1. U-Verse is available in my area, but when I compared it to my present DirecTV offering, the price was the same, but the functionality was not as good. With satellite (as with cable), the broadband signal coming into the house can be sent to as many DVRs as I want, each capable of simultaneously viewing or recording two live channels. U-Verse is limited to two simultaneous channels for the whole house. Plus, given the frequency of dropped DSL connections I observe, I have less confidence in getting good video recordings than I do with satellite.

  2. Maybe they’ve fixed it in the past few months, but the 1 HD stream limitation is a non-starter for me and a lot of people I know. My unscientific observations are several neighbors (me included) who tried it out for a few months and dropped it once the limitations became clear.

    Logical Extremes above states that there’s a 2 channel simultaneous limit for the whole house — when I had it it was 1 (HD), and the last time the street on the feet sales force came to my door, they were still stuck at 1 HD stream.

    Even two channels simultaneously is pretty limiting — you can think of a lot of scenarios (HD in the living room, another in the bedroom PLUS something to DVR) where that just won’t cut it.

    Time Warner here in San Diego has been running some pretty effective ads showing a husband and wife scenario fighting over who gets the (sole) HD channel on their TV.

    Overall I was quite impressed by U-Verse right up until the first time my screen went black because a DVR recording was scheduled 🙂

  3. Users of Lyse Tele in Norway are regularly hammering their fibre connections with 80Mbit/s because their families are watching four HD streams at the same time. (not that they understand the concept of four HD streams, they just watch tv.) Try that AT en T

  4. The important question to ask about AT&T is whether U-Verse is adding more subscribers than their bundled satellite offer (DirecTV and Echostar).

    During the 4th quarter, they added 235k satellite TV subscribers (for a total of 2.3M) compared to the 105k you mentioned for U-Verse…. they have a long way to go just to catch up to their own alternative service. They may get there this year (in terms of net adds), but even 135k for the 1st quarter isn’t close… and certainly not kicking anything.

  5. U-Verse is a sad attempt by AT&T to make people believe that their product is “the future” when it is far from it. The AT&T U-Verse website doesn’t even list what speed Internet you get, up or down, when you buy the package. Al it says is “High Speed Internet Express” and you have to hunt around to find real details. From what I have tested myself and based on the average install, most users are getting between 3-6Mbps, and the service maxes out at 10Mbps. The highest upstream you can get with U-Verse is 1.5Mbps,

    By contrast, Verizon’s FiOS service, which I have had for 3 years, does 20Mbps on average and goes up to 50Mbps if you are willing to pay more. And it does 5Mbps for upstream. AT&T is not running fiber to the house for U-Verse, only to your block, which limits the quality. FiOS is run directly to you house so the signal is not being compressed at all. U-Verse is also limited on the number of HD channels it can support now and in the future since they are not bringing fiber directly to the home.

    I know Verizon’s FiOS service is not available everywhere, but it is available in a lot more places than U-Verse and has been around for a lot longer. The service continues to get stronger and faster each year.

  6. Dan,

    FIOS and those very snappy Internet speeds sound great. Unfortunately Verizon has yet to bring their FIOS product and fiber to the home technology to Silicon Valley.

    So while we’d love to give it a try, that’s just not an option.

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