Today, Verizon will announce that FiOS TV customers who have a Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio mobile phone can use those devices as a television remote control. The mobile remote has all the same functionality as the standard FiOS remote, plus additional features including the ability to instantly transfer photos from the handset to the TV screen. Verizon will expand this service, called Verizon FiOS Mobile Remote, to additional mobile phones in the coming months. More info:
Starting this week, FiOS TV customers who also have a Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio handset can use these devices to control their TV set-top-box. You'll have all the same functions of the standard FiOS remote and then some! You can change channels, manage parental controls, pause, rewind, fast forward or record a TV show - all through the cell phone.
With Verizon FiOS Mobile Remote, you can import it from the TV to the cell phone and then use the phone to select your favorite channels on any FiOS TV. And don't worry about turning down the volume when answering a call. The device will automatically mute the TV set and resume to the previous volume level once the call ends.
Mobile Remote is easy to set up. You simply access the feature through the application store on the mobile handset and then pair the device with the in-home Wi-Fi network by opening up the Mobile Remote Widget on the TV and selecting either the Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio icon. You will then be asked to register your telephone number using the Widget, and you're all set to go.
Here is a video showing how it works:
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