AT&T expanding TV services

US giant AT&T set a long-term target for its TV service, which is delivered over phone lines, saying it will be available to 30 million customers by 2010, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the announcement by CEO Randall Stephenson reinforces AT&T's commitment to the service, known as U-verse. Recent news reports said the San Antonio-based company was in talks to acquire satellite TV broadcaster EchoStar, which would have given the company a different route to reach customers.

The Associated Press report quoted Stephenson as telling analysts that the new target includes customers in the Southeastern states formerly served by BellSouth, which AT&T acquired late last year.

The U-verse rollout has been delayed several times, the report said.
A month ago, AT&T trimmed its coverage target for the end of next year to 17 million homes from 18 million. The delay was due to a shift in resources to the former BellSouth, the report said.

AT&T expects to spend between $4.5 billion and $5 billion on U-verse through 2008, the report added.