AT&T Targets Comcast In S.F. Bay Area With 1 Million U-verse Homes Passed

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AT&T is touting that more than 1 million living units in the San Francisco Bay Area now have access to its U-verse TV, Internet and Voice triple-play, as the telco keeps up the marketing pressure on cable incumbent Comcast.

AT&T first launched U-verse in the Bay Area in December 2006, originally offering a lineup of only about 25 HD channels. The service now provides access to more than 160 HD channels.

Comcast currently offers faster broadband options in the Bay Area than U-verse. The MSO's high-speed Internet lineup includes Extreme 50 (50 Mbps down and 10 up) and the Extreme 105 (105 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up). AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet services provide top downstream speeds of up to 24 Mbps.

"Cable has been the only game in town for too long, and we're excited to bring a new alternative to more people," Terry Stenzel, AT&T vice president and general manager for Northern California/Reno, said in a statement. "We know Bay Area customers want a better choice to break free from cable, and AT&T U-verse is the answer. And we'll continue to make U-verse TV even better for customers with regular upgrades and new cool applications that enhance your TV experience."

Other television features AT&T highlighted include Total Home DVR and the My Multiview app, which lets users create customized mosaics to watch up to four of their favorite channels at one time.