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TiVo control coming to BlackBerry

Through a TiVo-Research In Motion partnership, people will be able to schedule DVR recordings via their smartphones--"anytime, anywhere," says Jim Balsillie.

TiVo and Research In Motion are teaming up to enable BlackBerry users to remotely schedule recordings of TV shows on their digital video recorder, the companies announced Thursday.

Under the partnership, BlackBerry users will be able to use their smartphones to review television schedules and set their TiVo DVRs to record select television programming.

"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," Jim Balsillie, Research In Motion co-CEO, said in a statement.

Later this year, the companies plan to jointly develop software applications to improve the simplicity of accessing video content via a BlackBerry phone. RIM's recently unveiled BlackBerry Bold, which has a higher screen resolution than its Curve predecessor, is better positioned for video.