Verizon is bringing the FiOS experience inside and outside the fiber-optic-powered digital home to more customers, with FiOS TV's Mobile Remote application, an advanced capability, now available on more than forty devices.
The FiOS TV Mobile Remote app can be downloaded to Apple's iPhone and iPod devices and will soon be available for download on tablet devices. Mobile Remote - which launched in February, on DROID by Motorola - is also available on every device running Android software v.2.1 or above that supports Wi-Fi.
Verizon's suite of applications is available for download - at no additional cost - in the Verizon Wireless Media Store, the Android Market, Apple's App Store and BlackBerry App World. After just one year in the market, both Verizon's DVR Manager, which lets customers manage DVR settings via their smartphone, and Mobile Remote have been downloaded more than 500,000 times.
"Verizon continues to personalize and enhance FiOS TV by rapidly expanding our suite of mobile applications, delivering an entertainment experience far beyond what cable can offer," said Eric Bruno, vice president of product management for Verizon. "We offer choice and flexibility for our customers, with applications on multiple devices and platforms that provide a unique TV experience, available only with FiOS."
Mobile Remote lets FiOS TV high-definition subscribers use their mobile phones as a television remote control, dynamically changing the TV experience. FiOS TV subscribers can change channels, manage parental controls, pause, rewind and fast forward or record a TV show. The application - which automatically personalizes options based on the specific smartphone connected to the set-top box, enabling customized favorites and other preferences - has virtually the same functionality as the standard FiOS TV remote.
In addition, customers can use their mobile devices to flick stored photos from the mobile device to the TV, one photo at a time. Customers also can access FiOS TV Video on Demand (VOD) and return to live FiOS TV programming. Subscribers simply click on the VOD button and browse, search or purchase on-demand titles; or click on the FiOS TV button and jump to live TV when watching recorded programs, or respond to interactive prompts.
DVR Manager lets FiOS TV customers 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 - all through their mobile device, anytime, anywhere.
(For screen shots of the Mobile Remote application, visit http://newscenter2.verizon.com/kit/mobile-remote/).
Verizon offers these applications across multiple carriers and mobile platforms. To see if an application is available on a particular mobile device, consumers can go to the mobile application store on the device and search "FiOS." Once set up, FiOS Mobile Remote offers features including My Photos, My Favorites, Tele-TV Mute and My Remote.
To register an Apple device, customers simply go to the FiOS TV Widget's main menu, click on Mobile Remote, find the mobile device in the list of supported phones and follow the instructions for pairing it to the HD set-top box. The customer will be prompted to install the Mobile Remote application through the Apple App Store.
FiOS provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social-networking, news and entertainment widgets; Internet videos on TV; streaming of personal videos, photos and music from home computers to the TV; and many others.
FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming that includes more than 520 all-digital channels with up to 140 HD channels and 18,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. FiOS Internet offers the country's top-rated broadband service, with download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 35 Mbps.
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