While it's already possible to schedule TiVo recordings from a mobile phone, BlackBerry is going one step further. Research In Motion, big berry parent of the BlackBerry just partnered with TiVo to bring a software application to the phones that make it simple to view the program guide and schedule recordings remotely. But, they're hinting they're working to bring "mobile access to video content." Sounds to me like you'll be able to sling your TiVo'ed content directly to your BlackBerry.
Pretty cool, if you ask me.
Keep reading for the full press release.
RIM & TiVo Partner to Provide TiVo Mobile Entertainment Services on BlackBerry Smartphones
ALVISO, CA and WATERLOO, ON. –
TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television
services for digital video recorders (DVRs), and Research In Motion
(RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation,
today announced a partnership to bring customized TiVo services to the
BlackBerry® wireless platform.
The new relationship brings TiVo and RIM together to develop a
variety of mobile entertainment services that marry RIM’s leading
BlackBerry® smartphones with the content delivered to consumers through
the Emmy-winning TiVo® service. Initially, BlackBerry smartphone users
will gain the convenience of being able to discover what shows are on
and schedule television recordings while away from the living room and
on the go. Future collaboration between the companies will focus on
software applications that further simplify mobile access to video
"TiVo subscribers will soon be able to wirelessly control their TiVo
DVRs using a BlackBerry smartphone - anytime, anywhere - and that is a
powerful example of how our respective technologies can complement each
other to serve our mutual customers," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of
Research In Motion. "As the BlackBerry smartphone continues its
evolution as a modern lifestyle device, the importance of home
entertainment integration will continue to grow and TiVo will be the
key in providing consumers with greater flexibility in accessing
“TiVo continues to transform and revolutionize the way people control
and watch television and broadband video,” said Tom Rogers, CEO and
President of TiVo Inc. “RIM and TiVo share a commitment to great user
experiences, which cause our products to become seamlessly integrated
into the consumer’s lifestyle. We also share a vision for the future
of mobile entertainment services and we look forward to a variety of
future innovations as a result of this relationship.”
The first software application from RIM and TiVo is expected to be available later this year. —Leslie Shapiro
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