According to rumours from the Canadian wireless blogosphere, Bell TV is expected to begin offering remote HD PVR access beginning February 12th.
If true, the new feature would allow owners of the Bell 9242 and 9241 HD PVR to schedule recordings and manage their PVRs library of shows remotely from their smartphone and possibly from their computer through a Bell remote PVR website.
Ian Hardy, a blogger on the Mobile Syrup website, wrote yesterday that the service would be launched just prior to the Olympics and would allow Bell TV subscribers to remotely program their HD PVR using their Bell TV login.
Subscribers would only be able program their personal video recorder not actually watch programs.
After investigating, Digital Home believes the rumours are accurate for two reasons. First, Remote Access for Echostar PVR's (the maker of Bell TV PVR's) has been available in the United States on the DISH network for some time now so the technology exists and has been in use for many months in the United States. Second, Bell TV last week introduced a new firmware update for its 9242 and 9241 HD PVR's which allows the satellite receivers to access the internet and communicate with other devices on the web.
In the United States, the remote access offered by DISH Network, allows subscribers to remotely search their PVRs program guide up to 9 days in advance, schedule recordings remotely, and manage their library of shows.
According to Hardy, smartphone users will need to download and install a free remote access application for their device in order to use the remote service. No mention was made of possible internet access via a web browser; however, the technology makes remote access from a computer a distinct possibility.
The list of smartphones reported to be supported by Bell include: BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, BlackBerry Curve 8330, BlackBerry Curve 8530, BlackBerry Tour 9630, BlackBerry Bold 9700, Palm Pre, Samsung Omnia 2 and Apple iPhone 3G/3Gs.
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