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SBC Expands DSL Entertainment Offering

1/03/2005 3:54 AM Eastern

SBC Communications Inc. has formed a joint venture with 2Wire Inc. that will link high-speed Internet content with its Dish Network satellite-TV offering in one set-top box.

The service will integrate satellite programming, digital-video-recorder capabilities, video-on-demand and Internet content in a set-top using an SBC Yahoo! user interface.

The offering will be available to customers who have both SBC/Dish Network and SBC Yahoo! digital-subscriber-line service, and it is expected to roll out in mid-2005.

"The SBC home-entertainment service will bring together many of the features that consumers want most, including TV programming, VOD and Internet content and services in a way that competitors and cable-TV providers can't match," said Ed Cholerton, CEO of the newly formed SBC Media Solutions group, in a prepared statement.

"It allows quick delivery of a complete, personalized and seamless entertainment and communications service while SBC companies build a fiber network," he added.

The 2Wire “MediaPortal” will integrate the Dish content with the Yahoo! DSL content.