Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) is partnering with AT&T (NYSE: T) on the industry's first wireless IPTV service, allowing the telco to deploy its U-verse service over an 802.11n Wi-Fi connection. The companies said the service would start deploying Monday. The Cisco wireless TV solution will deliver standard-definition and high-definition video programming to multiple receivers with built-in or integrated Wi-fi. Cisco said a single wireless access point--its VEN401--will be able to support two receivers connected to TVs and said its ISB7005 wireless receiver also functions as a total home HD DVR, allowing consumers to view and manage DVR recordings wirelessly from a wired DVR in the home. The solution is part of Cisco's Videoscape portfolio that it introduced at last year's CES.
Wireless TV allows service providers increased flexibility and faster installation without having to pull wire throughout the home, and it even allows expanded customer self-installation with Wi-Fi kits.
The receivers will cost consumers $49 and a monthly fee of $7.