Verizon announced that FiOS TV customers who have an HD set-top box and either a Motorola Droid or an HTC Imagio mobile phone can now use their phones as TV remote controls.
Verizon said the mobile remote has virtually the same functionality as the standard FiOS remote, plus additional features including instantly transferring photos from the handset to the TV screen. Verizon plans to expand this service – Verizon FiOS Mobile Remote – to additional mobile phones in the coming months.
"With FiOS Mobile Remote, we're leveraging the in-home FiOS network to marry the cell phone to the TV for simpler, more convenient navigation, along with entirely new phone-to-TV experiences that cable can't match,” said Shawn Strickland, vice president of FiOS product management for Verizon.
FiOS TV customers, including small business customers, access the new feature through the applications store on their mobile phone handset, and then they pair the device with their in-home FiOS network by opening up the Mobile Remote Widget on FiOS TV and selecting either the Motorola Droid or the HTC Imagio icon.
Customers will be asked to register their wireless telephone number using the widget. Customers can register their handsets on any FiOS TV, at home or away.