NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Yum! Brands'

(YUM) - Get Report

Taco Bell

will offer free Wi-Fi at all of its U.S. restaurants by 2015 in a move that echoes that of restaurant giants

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

and

Starbucks

(SBUX) - Get Report

.

Taco Bell said this week that all of its 5,600 U.S.-based locations will be equipped with free Wi-Fi service by 2015; just 40 of its restaurants offer the complimentary service now.

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The fast-food chain will also outfit its stores with TV screens airing programs from Restaurant Entertainment Network, a content providing service already employed by

Denny's

(DENN) - Get Report

, Arby's,

Wendy's

(WEN) - Get Report

, Carl's Jr and Hardee's, according to a report in

The Independent

. Programs will feature content on music, lifestyle, entertainment and sports.

Taco Bell's announcements come as the Mexican-style restaurant operator looks to attract more customers and boost diners' in-store experiences.

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McDonald's already offers free Wi-Fi to its customers in the U.S. Last year Starbucks began offering unlimited free Wi-Fi to its customers after previously requiring people to sign in with an account and password, and limiting free internet service to two hours per day.

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Privately-held Burger King

said last year it would begin offering some of its European customers free Wi-Fi; the announcement pertained to 2,200 restaurants in 12 countries including Germany, the U.K., Ireland and the Netherlands.

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Other restaurant operators to offer on-screen entertainment to diners include

DineEquity's

(DIN) - Get Report

Applebee's,

Brinker International's

(EAT) - Get Report

Chili's and

Chanticleer Holdings'

(CCLR)

Hooters

.

Yum shares were 0.5% lower at $56.34 Wednesday morning.

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