AT&T president demos new TV apps

At NewTeeVee Live, a peek at AT&T's vision of television

At the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco today, AT&T Group President Ralph de la Vega gave a peek into projects from the AT&T lab.

How much is that doggie window? Rafe Needleman / CNET

The focus of all these demos was the interplay of the Net, mobility and television, what AT&T calls, "three-screen integration." The most compelling was a cellular-based videophone application where the video call could be transferred to a television. "Wouldn't you take that call? It's only 50 cents," de la Vega said.

Also in the labs: Multiple picture-in-picture, so you can watch multiple video streams at once. Great for sports.

Other demos duplicated things we can already do on Web-connected PCs: order books, geo-locate loved ones through their mobile phones, track flights, and stream real-time weather data.

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Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.

 

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