You know what OkComputer? You are 1000% right on the money. I am a Rogers iPhone subscriber and BEV subscriber, so I am apparently getting "screwed", lol. I don't feel that way. This app, and the Remote PVR app, came out of left field for me, and I am absolutely delighted that I am giving my money to Bell when they show that they have enough balls in the R&D department to go above and beyond what I was expecting for my money (even if these apps might be a rip-off of a Dishnet app or something, I'm not sure, but at least Bell was smart enough to say "Hey, maybe our subscribers want this"). I hear the accusations of the "money-grab" and I get it.
I do have access to the Remote PVR App, and let me say that in my opinion it is one of the best apps I've ever downloaded! It is so functional, that honestly, I could hardly believe that it was something that BEV had the foresight to offer. They just scored HUGE points in my book for this.
Not to mention, anyone that thinks the iPhone is just hype... well, it's apps like this that show you the value of such a device (as long as useful apps are developed, of course), and I am no Apple Fanboy, trust me.
If it were me, I would not be focusing so much on this supposed "money grab" from Bell, but asking why I have to be with Bell in order to get this kind of value in the first place; why isn't it an industry standard offering. Translation: don't **** on Bell just because Rogers is too shortsighted to offer the same service (and remember, I spend money with both subscribers, so this is not a Rah Rah Bell thing).
It's the same scenario in the banking world: CIBC is the only bank to offer a mobile banking app (not just an ATM finder). It is literally a matter of weeks until the other banks get on board, and then the floodgates open and everyone will have options. The same thing will happen in the Television space.
Innovation drives change and value, so let's give Bell props for what they've started here (even though they can't fix the problems with my frigging Speedstream Modem)!