AT&T to end Xbox 360 U-verse receiver support after Dec. 31st

In October 2010, AT&T started rolling out a way for its U-verse television customers to connect an Xbox 360 console that would serve as a receiver for the service. Now, just three years later, AT&T is informing those same customers that the Xbox 360 receiver support will end after December 31st.

AT&T did not state the reasons behind the shut down in its email to U-verse subscribers. Back in 2010, AT&T said that Xbox 360 owners who signed up for both U-verse and Xbox Live Gold could download a special app that would allow the console to be used as a set-top box and DVR. AT&T did state that customers that are affected by this change will receive a $99 credit on their bill that will pay for the $59.99 cost of Xbox Live Gold along with some extra credit.

Earlier this year, Microsoft sold off its Mediaroom IPTV platform to Ericsson. The service is used in 22 million set-top boxes worldwide, including those used by AT&T U-verse. At the time of the sale, Microsoft said it was committing "100 percent of its focus on consumer TV strategy with Xbox." The just launched Xbox One allows users to hook up their cable and satellite boxes to the console so they can view TV inside its UI. U.S. users also have OneGuide, which takes over the TV guide features of those set-top boxes.

Source: AT&T via Engadget | Image via ZatzNotFunny

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for the XBOXONE? if so, show them this article and they'd have to give back your money. can't take money for a service they intend to shutdown( implying you are referring for the xbox360)

Just got Uverse as a service, but did not know I could use the 360 as a set top box. I need to con them into giving me faters interwebs for free!!!!!!!!

I'm going to play the bad guy for a moment. I think I can see why. you might not agree but it has alot to do with profits. MS and AT&T have an agreement.So what makes us think that AT&T isn't doing this to shut down the xbox360 crowd and basically forcing users to buy into a new XBOXONE. makes sense to me. all part of marketting.

What Microsoft needs on Xbox is the ability to unscramble Comcast's cable signals for those who have subscribe so that we don't need a set top box at all. Then be able to use the Xbox as a DVR.

Telus was the only provider in Canada who supported this feature in this manner and stopped a long time ago.
They favored the new app platform that launched with the modern dash.
I presume now that Ericsson owns the iptv platform now that the 360 app will also go the way of the do-do.

I honestly really enjoyed the blades. I thought it was cool.

And don't even show me the original Xbox! I miss it too much. Halo 2 always comes up in conversation between my friends and I--even today.

The Gamer said,
The most interesting part of this is to see the old Xbox 360 dashboard. Has it ever changed.
You should see my 360, it hasn't been online for 3 years lol

The Gamer said,
The most interesting part of this is to see the old Xbox 360 dashboard. Has it ever changed.

I still have a Pre-NXE unit sitting here. No modifications except for redoing the thermal paste and redoing the heatsink.

The Gamer said,

Modded then?

It is, but that's not the reason I haven't used it. The xbox doesn't even have cables plugged in right now

Yeah, but why actually? It's pretty great to have an Xbox as an extra receiver. Even with MediaRoom sold off, it's strange that the app is being pulled.
Maybe it's due to licensing of the app now and AT&T has to pay a lot to Ericsson to allow it on the 360, I don't know...

Most likely moving forward with Xbox One initiatives. MS and ATT have a pretty solid replationship and AT&T has been pretty open to new technologies with their U-verse service. All they have to do is release a streaming app and integrate it into the One Guide.

Thief000 said,
Yeah, but why actually? It's pretty great to have an Xbox as an extra receiver. Even with MediaRoom sold off, it's strange that the app is being pulled.
Maybe it's due to licensing of the app now and AT&T has to pay a lot to Ericsson to allow it on the 360, I don't know...

ATT is switching to Motorola hardware on the backend.. not sure if that is part of the reason.

Well ...there goes the usefulness of my Xbox 360.

I have a feeling that there is something coming around the corner. Right now, if I say Xbox watch CBS, it will enter number as if I am using a remote control.

RommelS said,
Well ...there goes the usefulness of my Xbox 360.

I have a feeling that there is something coming around the corner. Right now, if I say Xbox watch CBS, it will enter number as if I am using a remote control.

It does that for me as well. To be honest I think that is the only way it will be able to do that now since all it really does is send a sequence of IR signals to the receiver.

The worst part for us Shinji, we will have to shell out an extra $10 a month for another box. I do hope something comes along the way for us U-verse customers.