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Verizon FiOS Users Now Using Smartphones To Control TV Experience

Verizon FiOS Users Now Using Smartphones To Control TV Experience

Up until today, most every major home automation or A/V control application for phones was reserved for the iPhone. It felt like every major developer was only coding apps for controlling equipment for Apple's App Store, and so it's a breath of fresh air to see something like this. Verizon's FiOS service, which just became one of only two TV providers in America with access to HBO Go, has yet another notch in their belt today thanks to a new app for Motorola's Droid and HTC's Imagio.

FiOS TV users can now use either of those smartphones to control their DVR and TV content, which kills the need for a remote to do those tasks. It's the early days of seeing phones replace remotes, and with these mobile devices becoming ever more powerful, we suspect the trend will continue. Effective immediately, FiOS TV customers who have an HD set-top box and a Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio mobile phone can use the phones as a television remote control.  The mobile remote has virtually the same functionality as the standard FiOS remote, plus additional features including instantly transferring photos from the handset to the TV screen. 



Verizon Wireless even promises that the functionality will be added to more phones in the coming months, but considering that the same parent company oversees VZW and Verizon FiOS, we kind of doubt that this will be offered on other cable networks. Goodbye remote, hello smartphone control!


FiOS TV customers, including small-business customers, access the new feature through the applications store on their mobile phone handset and then pair the device with their in-home FiOS network by opening up the Mobile Remote Widget on FiOS TV and selecting either the Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio icon.  Customers will be asked to register their wireless telephone number, using the widget.  Customers can register their handsets on any FiOS TV, at home or away.

Once set up, FiOS Mobile Remote offers these features for Motorola Droid and HTC Imagio customers:

  • My Remote -- Controls a FiOS TV set-top box from the mobile device, with features  including changing channels, adjusting volume, managing parental controls and using DVR functionality such as  pause, rewind, fast forward or record live programming.  Customers can also use the handset to control the FiOS TV onscreen full QWERTY keyboard, or use their handset's keyboard to search for TV programming and video-on-demand titles or manage the Facebook and Twitter widget applications.
  • My Photos -- Photos stored on the handset can be instantly transferred from the phone to the TV, with two options.  With the touch of a finger, subscribers can flick one picture at a time and see it appear on the TV screen. Subscribers can also display an entire slide show of stored pictures.
  • My Favorites -- Users can import to the mobile device favorite-channels lists currently stored on the TV set.  The mobile device can then be used to flip through and select channels from the lists.  
  • Tele- TV Mute -- Automatically mutes the TV when a call is answered with the handset and resumes the previous TV-volume level after the call is ended.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 560 all-digital channels, and up to 138 HD channels.  FiOS provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social-networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management via broadband or cell phone; multi-room DVR, Internet videos on TV; streaming of personal videos, photos and music from home computers to the TV; and many others.  The FiOS TV Widget Bazaar is a marketplace for applications that includes a selection of free interactive services, including widgets that let subscribers interact with Facebook, Twitter, KODAK Gallery, HSN and other services on their TVs. 


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Up until today, most every major home automation or A/V control application for phones was reserved for the iPhone. It felt like every major developer was only coding apps for controlling equipment for Apple's App Store, and so it's a breath of fresh air to see something like this. Verizon's FiOS service, which just became one of only two TV providers in America with access to HBO Go, has yet another notch in their belt today thanks to a new app for Motorola's Droid and HTC's Imagio.

FiOS TV users can now use either of those smartphones to control their DVR and TV content, which kills the need for a remote to do those tasks. It's the early days of seeing phones replace remotes, and with these mobile devices becoming ever more powerful, we suspect the trend will continue. Effective immediately, FiOS TV customers who have an HD set-top box and a Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio mobile phone can use the phones as a television remote control.  The mobile remote has virtually the same functionality as the standard FiOS remote, plus additional features including instantly transferring photos from the handset to the TV screen. 



Verizon Wireless even promises that the functionality will be added to more phones in the coming months, but considering that the same parent company oversees VZW and Verizon FiOS, we kind of doubt that this will be offered on other cable networks. Goodbye remote, hello smartphone control!


FiOS TV customers, including small-business customers, access thenew feature through the applications store on their mobile phonehandset and then pair the device with their in-home FiOS network byopening up the Mobile Remote Widget on FiOS TV and selecting either theMotorola Droid or HTC Imagio icon.  Customers will be asked to registertheir wireless telephone number, using the widget.  Customers canregister their handsets on any FiOS TV, at home or away.

Once set up, FiOS Mobile Remote offers these features for Motorola Droid and HTC Imagio customers:

  • My Remote-- Controls a FiOS TV set-top box from the mobile device, with features including changing channels, adjusting volume, managing parentalcontrols and using DVR functionality such as  pause, rewind, fastforward or record live programming.  Customers can also use the handsetto control the FiOS TV onscreen full QWERTY keyboard, or use theirhandset's keyboard to search for TV programming and video-on-demandtitles or manage the Facebook and Twitter widget applications.
  • My Photos-- Photos stored on the handset can be instantly transferred from thephone to the TV, with two options.  With the touch of a finger,subscribers can flick one picture at a time and see it appear on the TVscreen. Subscribers can also display an entire slide show of storedpictures.
  • My Favorites -- Users can import to the mobiledevice favorite-channels lists currently stored on the TV set.  Themobile device can then be used to flip through and select channels fromthe lists.  
  • Tele- TV Mute -- Automatically mutes the TVwhen a call is answered with the handset and resumes the previousTV-volume level after the call is ended.

FiOSTV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 560all-digital channels, and up to 138 HD channels.  FiOS providesnext-generation interactive services including an advanced interactivemedia guide; social-networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVRmanagement via broadband or cell phone; multi-room DVR, Internet videoson TV; streaming of personal videos, photos and music from homecomputers to the TV; and many others.  The FiOS TV Widget Bazaar is amarketplace for applications that includes a selection of freeinteractive services, including widgets that let subscribers interactwith Facebook, Twitter, KODAK Gallery, HSN and other services on theirTVs. 


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3vi1, we obviously caught a bug in the system here. Did you do anything to make the above post show up? I'm assuming you didn't actually cut and paste this in, correct?

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You are correct - it's a bug. My original reply was two short paragraphs and seems to have been completely replaced by the article text.

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Ouch, OK, we're on it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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No prob - good hunting!

Hudson: Is this gonna be a standup fight, sir, or another bughunt?

Gorman: All we know is that there's still no contact with the colony, and that a xenomorph may be involved.

Frost: Excuse me sir, a-a what?

Gorman: A xenomorph.

Hicks: It's a bughunt.

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3vi1 what? lol

Smart phones will rule the world one day :D. i would love to use my iphone to control my tv but i don't got fios :(

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Aliens quote :-P

That would be sweet to control the TV with my phone :-P

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What I had originally posted, before the bug ate it:

This is a cool feature, but I'm surprised that phones didn't just add IR.

One Thanksgiving, I was pretending to play games on my PSP 1000 (with IR, running hacked firmware). Every time my sister would sit down the TV volume would go down to zero. And when she would get up it would return to normal. This went on for several minutes until I literally fell off the couch laughing.

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Haha, that sounds like a fun prank.

Cool technology but as 3vi1 mentioned, wouldn't it be easier just to have IR, or at least an IR attachment for your phone? It could also double up as a Wii motion sensing remote!

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My PDA has a IR sensor and a program that does this, but since Palm doesn't support PDAs anymore, This is great. But I don't have FIOS in my area, so it still doesn't matter.

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Lol you (Dave or someone who told him) must have finally caught one of my post's. I have been posting about the auto copy paste action for 2 days now.

Either way besides this you can also use your smart phone to do things when your not home, such as record shows if your going to be late, or if your laying on the floor during a bank robbery, and missing a Football, Baseball, or some other show and can just program it to record from there.

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I just thought... the lag would be killer lol...

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Soon a smart phone will control everything I guess. You can also control home alarm systems, watch cams on your kids babysitter, check out your home to make sure your mate is not cheating on you, control your teenagers care as well as GPS it to see where they are, and on and on.

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I'm very happy with the healthy competition that's around nowadays in the smartphone market. This will only push industry to create even better phones and apps at better prices, and hopefully free us of the typical smartphone prices. Functionality like what we see here only makes things sweeter...

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