By MAY WONG AP Technology Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- TiVo subscribers will soon be able to program television recordings straight from cell phones using the Verizon Wireless network.
An agreement with Verizon Wireless, to be announced Tuesday, expands on TiVo Inc.'s strategy to bring the digital video recording pioneer's capabilities beyond its set-top-boxes and the television, and directly to cell phones for the first time.
Dubbed TiVo Mobile, it's also the latest feature the Alviso, Calif.-based company is introducing to help differentiate itself from the growing number of rival DVR offerings from cable and satellite TV operators.
A DVR records TV programming onto hard disks and gives viewers the ability to pause live TV and fast-forward through commercials.
Terms of the TiVo-Verizon deal were not disclosed, but TiVo said Verizon would be the first cellular carrier to offer the remote TiVo scheduling feature on its handsets.