Ever been away from home and remembered at the last minute that you didn’t set the TiVo to record the new episode of your favorite TV show? Or been running late and wanted to program the digital video recorder (DVR) from afar so you wouldn’t miss the start of your ball game? If so, and you own a BlackBerry smartphone, you’re in luck.
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) and TiVo just released the brand new TiVo DVR Scheduler BlackBerry smartphone application. The free app is available for download now on BlackBerry App World and BlackBerry.com/TiVo. The software gives BlackBerry owners with TiVo DVRs convenient and quick access to TiVo’s program guide, and you can remotely schedule recordings on TiVo boxes from BlackBerrys.
“TiVo customers can use their BlackBerry smartphones to browse by category, view the most popular shows or daily picks and see the programming details, such as title, description, runtime, and airdate and time. Additionally, the BlackBerry device can easily be used to set a TiVo to record shows.”
Of course, you need to be a TiVo customer for the app do more than take up space on your BlackBerry. And anyone with an Internet-connected mobile device can log into their TiVo account and perform most of the same features–though the BlackBerry app’s presumably faster than surfing the Web with a more functional interface.
I don’t own a TiVo DVR, so I wasn’t able to put TiVo DVR Scheduler for BlackBerry through the paces. (I did download it to confirm availability and grab a screenshot.) But you can pop on over to RIM’s official blog, Inside BlackBerry, where I’m told you’ll soon be able to find a quick walkthrough of the app.
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.