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Without U-verse: AT&T Launches Alternatives

Even though its U-verse IPTV service won't be broadly available until the end of the year, AT&T Inc. and Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) have announced an agreement to offer SEG's Vongo Internet-based movie delivery service to AT&T High Speed Internet customers.

Vongo, unveiled earlier this year, delivers movies and other video content over the Internet for playback on Windows-based PCs, laptops and select portable media devices as well as on a TV. The agreement � the first distribution deal for Vongo with a broadband provider � will feature a co-branded AT&T and Vongo Web site, with a special 14-day free trial offer to AT&T High Speed Internet subscribers. The companies will also market the Vongo service on the AT&T Worldnet portal.

Seperately, AT&T and Akimbo Systems announced an agreement to offer the Internet-based Akimbo video-on-demand service to subscribers of AT&T's Homezone TV service, scheduled to launch later this summer. AT&T Homezone subscribers will use their converged set-top boxes to access thousands of video programs and movies.

AT&T Homezone, currently in trial in several states, will integrate AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet and AT&T | DISH Network programming to provide video on demand, digital video recording, and Internet content, including photos and music, via a set-top box. AT&T Homezone will be available to customers who purchase both AT&T | DISH Network satellite television and AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet services.

AT&T plans to offer the content available from Akimbo's library of more than 10,000 television programs and movies-on-demand. Akimbo is offering videos and movies from more than 165 content partners throughout the world. Each week, Akimbo adds more than 150 new mainstream and niche titles in 85 different categories, such as music, sports, independent film, anime, major motion pictures, education, children's programming and foreign language.

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