Verizon FiOS TV Expands Availability of its Mobile Remote and Remote DVR Manager Apps

--Adds New Features to Mobile Remote

Verizon said Wednesday that it is expanding the availability of two of the mobile applications--Mobile Remote and Remote DVR Manager--that it offers to customers of its FiOS TV service, and that it is also adding new features to the Mobile Remote app.

Effective immediately, Verizon says, Mobile Remote can be downloaded to a range of additional smartphones: the Droid Eris by HTC, the Droid Incredible by HTC, the HTC Touch Pro2 from Verizon Wireless, and the HTC Google Nexus One (note: it launched in February on the Droid by Motorola and the HTC Imagio). The Remote DVR Manager app, meanwhile, now operates on over 50 mobile devices, the company claims. Both apps are available for download at no extra cost.

According to Verizon, its mobile applications garner consistently favorable customer reviews--receiving average user ratings of four stars or higher in every app store where they are available (note: the apps are available in the Verizon Wireless Media Store, the Android Market, the Apple App Store, and BlackBerry App World). After just one year on the market, the company says, both Remote DVR Manager and Mobile Remote have been downloaded over 250,000 times. "Verizon continues to add innovations to--and personalize--the TV experience, bringing mobile applications across more than 50 devices within the last year," Eric Bruno, Verizon's VP of product management, said in a prepared statement. "As we continue to enhance our suite of mobile applications, we are addressing the needs of our customers, offering more choice and flexibility."

Verizon bills Mobile Remote, which it says is now available on devices running the latest version (v 2.1) of the Android platform, as enabling FiOS TV HD subscribers to use their mobile as a TV remote control--thus, the company claims, "dynamically changing the TV experience." The app automatically personalizes options based on the specific smartphone connected to the set-top box, the company says, enabling customized favorites and other preferences. In addition, Verizon says, customers can use their mobile devices to "flick" stored photos from their device to the TV, and Mobile Remote has virtually the same functionality as the standard FiOS TV Remote.

Verizon says that it is enhancing Mobile Remote with two new features: immediate access to FiOS TV VOD and the ability to immediately return to live FiOS TV programming after an on-demand or interactive session. According to the company, users of the app can now click on a new "VOD" button to browse, search or purchase on-demand titles; and click on a new "FiOS TV" button to jump to live TV when they have finished watching recorded programs or responding to interactive prompts.

Verizon says that its expansion of its remote DVR management application makes it available on over 50 devices, including most Verizon Wireless BlackBerry devices and the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to the company, the app allows customers to review, change or add recording requests; record an entire series; delete recorded programs; browse and search TV and VOD listings; set parental controls; check their DVR recorder status; and more.

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