FiOS Evolves Again
4:15 PM -- This past Sunday evening while enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, a friend of mine and I decided to head to a nearby beach and enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk. We had almost arrived at our destination when all of a sudden she implored me to turn the car around and head back to her house. She had forgotten to program her DVR to record 60 Minutes. So I reluctantly complied and drove back so that she could get her Andy Rooney fix upon returning home later that night. By the way, a gallon of gas in New York now costs about $4.20.
Today, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) took what I am hoping is a step toward a solution that would eliminate situations like the one I faced Sunday evening. They've created a FiOS TV Website where customers can now view local TV schedules and information from any computer or laptop with an Internet connection. Later this year, they'll also be able to program their DVR remotely using the new Website. (See Verizon Creates FiOS TV Website.)
There's one big limitation though. The site cannot be accessed from a mobile Web browser which means no programming your DVR from your cellphone just yet. Or in my case, no programming it from the beach instead of driving all the way back home. Verizon says it is "interested in finding ways to leverage all our networks to provide customers with content whenever and wherever they need it," but there are no official announcements just yet on adding mobile access to this feature.
This leaves me scratching my head. If you're creating a Website that allows you to control your DVR remotely doesn't it make way too much sense to untether that capability from wired broadband connections? And if you have a Website that can do these things, wouldn't it be very simple to make it possible for a mobile phone to access it? Let's hope Verizon has the common sense to do so in the near future.
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading