TiVo, Verizon Allow Mobile DVR Control
TiVo announced Tuesday a partnership with Verizon Wireless that would allow the carrier's customers to control their home DVRs by cell phone. For around $5 per month, users could schedule programs to record through a downloadable application for their phones. The service would work much like the "Online Scheduling" feature of the TiVo Web site.
Verizon intends to heavily promote the new feature on promotional materials, and in its stores and advertising campaigns. As part of the deal, TiVo additionally agreed to give Verizon exclusive rights to the service for two months following the launch of the product. After that time, the DVR maker would be free to market the service to other carriers.