TiVo, RIM bringing TiVo service to BlackBerry smartphones

Thu, 09/11/2008 - 8:15am
Traci Patterson

TiVo has partnered up with Research In Motion (RIM) to bring its services to the BlackBerry smartphone.

The agreement between the two companies will allow them to develop mobile entertainment services that join RIM’s Blackberry smartphones with the content delivered to consumers via the TiVo service.

At first, BlackBerry users will be able to view TV show listings, and they will be able to schedule recordings from their phone. Later on down the road, the companies said that they will focus on software applications that further simplify mobile access to video content. The first software application from RIM and TiVo is expected to be available later this year.

"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 RIM. "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 television content."

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