Verizon has released another iOS app recently, the latest is the Verizon FiOS Mobile Remote and as the name implies — it is a remote. It is available for the iPhone and iPod touch and requires iOS 3.0 or later.
“TV viewing just got more exciting and interactive for FiOS TV customers as Verizon introduces its latest application, Verizon FiOS Mobile Remote, to the iPhone and iPod Touch.”
The app is free to download and free to use, though you will need to have a Verizon router installed in your home. That and, the obvious in that you also need to be a Verizon FiOS customer.
As for using the app, wonderful. I did some playing this morning and found that the app was easy to get set up and easy to use. In fact, for most use cases it seems to work better than the remotes that came with my set-top boxes. The app allows you to do pretty much everything from turning the boxes on and off to adjusting the volume and changing the channels. You still have access to the guide, DVR and even your Favorites. And nicely, you can add multiple set-top boxes in the app, which means you can carry your iPod touch (or iPhone) from room to room. Or you could sit in another room and screw with the person watching the television, which seems to have become a favorite past time of my daughter, but I guess we can overlook that for a while considering I hijacked her iPod for the testing.