Earlier this week, TiVo and Verizon joined together to announce TiVo Mobile Scheduling which will allow users to remotely record shows by using their Verizon mobile phone.This means that when you’re miles from home and you realize your favorite show isn’t scheduled to record, you can easily schedule that recording while on the go by searching through the TV listings right from your phone.
While this would be a nice extra free incentive to offer customers and to draw in potential customers, there will be a $1.99 fee charged per month to get your access. Also important to note is that it will be available only to those who have a Series 2 or Series 3 TiVo box, and the Verizon phone would need to be enabled with Wireless Get It Now.
This is the second time in the last two months that TiVo has joined together with another company to offer something extra for their customers. Early in February, TiVo and Amazon joined together to offer TiVo customers video downloads right to their box.
Going back to the Verizon and TiVo deal, so far around the web it appears that most people aren’t too impressed because if you have a computer with Internet access, you can do the same thing for free. A writer over at TiVo Lovers says, “Honestly, this doesn’t impress me. One carrier, and a limited number of phones at that – and a fee.”
It probably would have been a good idea to try and get other wireless providers in on this as well. They’re targeting only a portion of the wireless market, and for those reasons, it doesn’t seem that offering this service would be worth it.