AT&T enters Internet TV market

US carrier AT&T has entered the TV market with the launch of its new Internet-based service in Texas, a ZDNet News report said. 


The company, which has been developing its TV network based on IP technology for more than a year, the report said.


In this initial launch, AT&T is offering 200 channels, including HBO, MTV, ESPN, Discovery Channel and A&E, along with all three major broadcast networks. It is also offering several hours of on-demand programming, the report said.


AT&T, formerly SBC Communications, has built its network using IP technology, which will allow it to offer viewers much more interaction than typical TV viewing over today's cable networks, the company said. But in this initial release of the service, many of the features aren't available, officials said.