Remote DVR Access Now Available on BlackBerry Smartphones for Optimum Online and iO Customers

By Adam Zeis on 6 Nov 2009 03:46 pm EST
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A few months back Verizon Fios released an application that allows users to control their DVR from a mobile device. The app lets you search, view TV listings, record programs and more. While it was a step in the right direction, I was still frustrated that my cable company, Cablevision, had yet to release their own. Well a few months down the road, Cablevision finally got it together and revealed a web portal that allowed users to control their DVR, and Thursday they finally unveiled a mobile site for doing the same. While not a full featured app (as we could hope for down the road) the mobile site simply lets you see what programs have been recorded, delete them or search for new shows to record. Unfortunately there are no TV listings and you have to search for each program, but its definitely a good start. The service is for Cablevisions iO TV customers (a small few of us I know) and can be reached by logging into your account on your device via optimum.net. View the full press release after the jump.

BETHPAGE, NY, November 5, 2009 - Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that it has successfully introduced a mobile version of remote DVR scheduling available through the Optimum.net mobile site, its popular consumer web portal for Optimum Online customers. This new mobile application gives customers who subscribe to both DVR for iO TV and Optimum Online the ability to manage their home DVR's - including finding and recording shows and managing stored content - from any mobile device with Internet browsing capabilities over any network.

"This enhancement is a valuable extension of the remote-DVR scheduling and management feature available through Optimum.net, extending this added convenience to iPhones, Blackberry smartphones and other Web-enabled mobile devices," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "Now it is possible to easily schedule recordings and manage previously-stored DVR content from anywhere, on any Web-enabled device, so being away from home doesn't mean missing that favorite show or event."

In addition to remote DVR access, Optimum.net for mobile offers Cablevision's 2.5 million Optimum Online customers access to their Optimum e-mail, continually updated and highly personalized local news weather and traffic information from the Emmy® Award-winning News 12 team, iO TV listings, information on local business and services by location (e.g. Gas Stations, Banks, ATM's, Pizza), and movies listings and theaters by location.

Optimum Online has achieved a broadband market share in Cablevision's service area of more than 75 percent, and is the most highly penetrated high-speed Internet service in the country, used by more than 52 percent of the homes passed by Cablevision's fiber rich network. Optimum Online offers high-speed Internet service for the home and small and medium-sized businesses, delivering speeds of up to 15 megabits-per-second (Mbps) downstream and up to 2 Mbps upstream. Optimum Online Boost offers up to 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, along with advanced configurations and business-grade tools. Optimum Online Ultra delivers the nation's fastest downstream broadband connections, up to 101 Mbps, exceeding the speeds available from any other cable or telco provider at a significantly lower cost. The vast majority of new Cablevision customers choose the company's full suite of voice, video and high-speed Internet services, which deliver increased value and features through an increasingly integrated product suite.

With nearly 2.9 million iO TV customers, 94 percent of Cablevision's cable customers are iO TV digital cable customers, the highest digital penetration in the nation. iO TV offers customers access to more than 400 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 46 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 6,000 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, more than 100 high-definition programming services and uniquely valuable and relevant local content through News 12, MSG Varsity and their companion interactive television applications.

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday Media Group. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.

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Remote DVR Access Now Available on BlackBerry Smartphones for Optimum Online and iO Customers

13 Comments

Haha, I agree.. this makes about as much sense as the Sarah Palin book tour skipping all the 'major' US cities.

I know this is off topic, but it reminded me that I've been wanting to ask you guys about this: is there an app somewhere or a website for mobile where I can get TV listings. It would be so handy while watching tv. I'm in BC, by the way, if that makes it easier. Thanks.

Why doesn't Cox get this? I would love a way to remotely manage my DVR. Heck, they don't even have a way to do it over the web.

Charter needs an app like this. Why would a cable company with 2.5 mil customers get this rather than DirecTV, Charter or Dish Network. All 3 have 10+mil customers.

Just received a letter in the mail saying our Cablevision/Optimum rates were increasing (by a few dollars, but still..) At least something good came out of the situation!

Looks like the site took a header over the weekend... Probably everyone looking for that shinny new DVR App... That actually doesn't exist. What the fine folks at Optimum have done is develop a mobile website. It can be accessed directly by plugging m.optimum.net into your browser. It seems to work very nicely and will probably work on most smart phone browsers. The unfortunate thing is that its browser based. so its not very fast, and it needs to completely load every time. You also have to enter a logon and password every time you access the site.

And as with all cable based services, should something happen to the web site, as was demonstrated this passed weekend, They will be happy to address the issue sometime Monday between 10am and 5pm....