BlackBerry maker RIM and TiVo are teaming up to bring TiVo services to BlackBerry devices. Initially, users will be able to browse TV listings from their handset and set up recordings.
That service should be available later this year.
In the future, both companies hope to "focus on software applications that further simplify mobile access to video content." Could this mean video streaming of recorded shows to BlackBerry devices?
This should help RIM and BlackBerry in the non-business market.
Full press-release after the break.
RIM & TiVo Partner to Provide TiVo Mobile Entertainment Services on BlackBerry Smartphones
ALVISO, CALIFORNIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO—(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, today announced a partnership to bring customized TiVo services to the BlackBerry® wireless platform.
The new relationship brings TiVo and RIM together to develop a variety of mobile entertainment services that marry RIM's leading BlackBerry® smartphones with the content delivered to consumers through the Emmy-winning TiVo® service. Initially, BlackBerry smartphone users will gain the convenience of being able to discover what shows are on and schedule television recordings while away from the living room and on the go. Future collaboration between the companies will focus on software applications that further simplify mobile access to video content.
"TiVo subscribers will soon be able to wirelessly control their TiVo DVRs using a BlackBerry smartphone - anytime, anywhere - and that is a powerful example of how our respective technologies can complement each other to serve our mutual customers," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of Research In Motion. "As the BlackBerry smartphone continues its evolution as a modern lifestyle device, the importance of home entertainment integration will continue to grow and TiVo will be the key in providing consumers with greater flexibility in accessing television content."
"TiVo continues to transform and revolutionize the way people control and watch television and broadband video," said Tom Rogers, CEO and President of TiVo Inc. "RIM and TiVo share a commitment to great user experiences, which cause our products to become seamlessly integrated into the consumer's lifestyle. We also share a vision for the future of mobile entertainment services and we look forward to a variety of future innovations as a result of this relationship."
The first software application from RIM and TiVo is expected to be available later this year.