Use Your Phone As A Remote?

Usually when people talk about AT&T and Verizon becoming cable operators they spin a bunch of bull about how competition will lower your bill. So far, that isn’t happening. But what happens when the technology comes together? Will you be able to use your cell phone to control your DVR? From the Chicago Tribune:

[AT&T] this week began offering its “Homezone” customers the ability to control their digital video recorders through Web-enabled phones. The interface lets cell phone users schedule or delete recordings on their set-top boxes from anywhere.

Homezone is a $10-per-month product for subscribers of the Dish Network satellite TV service. It includes a set-top box that brings content from the Internet to televisions, such as on-demand movies, plus caller ID information from the phone and photos from the home computer.

This is a cool idea, especially for people who live alone, or for people who live with people who don’t want you calling asking them to record “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.” Don’t know if it’s worth $10, though. —MEGHANN MARCO

Using the Cell Phone As a Remote [Chicago Tribune]
(Photo: Westernlady)

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  1. Scazza says:

    My Nokia 3650 has an IR port on its side. I have been using it (although not all that amazingly) to control TVs for ALONG time now… its been out for 3 years.

  2. LAGirl says:

    is it just me, or does the soft/fuzzy lighting and ‘bedroom eyes’ in this pic give it a slightly (creepy) kittie porn vibe?

  3. defectiveburger says:

    uhhhh…..don’t you need a working land line to get dish network? when I had dish, they required a live phone line be plugged into the receiver and you avoid getting charges and all that good stuff….ah my brain hurts from all this

  4. Antediluvian says:

    You can program your TiVo over an ordinary web interface. Great for those times at the office when you’ve forgotten to set something to record or you learn of a neat-o thing to get but won’t be home until after it’s aired.

    Caveat: it’ll happen quickly if your TiVo is always online, but if it dials up it’ll only make the request to record the next time it connects (once per day).

    This feature has been available for a long time now.

    I think it would be very difficult to use over a cell phone interface.

  5. pdxguy says:

    @LAGirl:
    I think it’s just you re: the kittie porn vibe. It looked to me that the cat was just happy that it mastered the remote.

  6. acambras says:

    Heh heh — pdxguy said “master.” (Beavis laugh)