Hands On With Verizon’s Android App for FiOS TV


Over the weekend, I caught wind of a new Android application from Verizon. The free app is in the Android Market and allows remote access to a FiOS TV box, local listings and more. Since I’ve been known to leave home without scheduling the DVR, I had to grab the free download. Activation was pretty straightforward on my FiOS box. I simply had to enter the phone number of my handset, although I vaguely recall some wording about using a Verizon (s vz) phone. I registered my Google Nexus One (s goog) on T-Mobile’s network with no issues, however. One slight caveat — I couldn’t register with my Google Voice number. I had to use the number provided by T-Mobile for my phone.

Seconds after the activation steps, I had full remote access to my FiOS box. Although I don’t watch much Video on Demand, I was able to browse through the offerings and bookmark content of interest. The DVR functions include the creation of new recordings, list the currently recorded programs, view the upcoming recording schedule and see how much disk space is used or free on the DVR. TV listings are also available, with full details of the programs, plus a one-touch button for recording. Although Verizon has offered a web-based solution with similar functionality for nearly a year, the Android app is far more elegant and snappy.



If there was anything on TV worth watching this app would be cool. Personally I’m dumping TV. Its all pop cultere BS that is destroying the American people. When people crash the White House and put kids in balloons its time to turn it off.
Any culture that thinks actors are important is going to crash and burn. We are need to get TV out of our lives.
All TV should be free since all it is – is marketing.

As always IMO.

Scott Eggleston

A similar FIOS app exists for the Blackberry Storm as well


Yeah, but it runs way better on a Nexus One !

Looks like somebody needs to serious upgrade their phone. :-)

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