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MY IPHONE IS NOW MY TELEVISION REMOTE? REALLY

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Social Commentary

I’ve had many gripes about Cablevision (the first and foremost being their CEO owns the NY Knicks). But they’ve even turned that around? What’s gotten into James Dolan? When Kudos are warranted then I’m willing to say so. Hands down, the Optimum App is the best app on my iPhone.

optimum app turns iphone into a cable tv remote

optimum app turns iphone into a cable tv remote

Not only can I watch streaming content on my iPad or iPhone, access hot spots to save on data usage when I’m outside or away from my internet connection – but I can now set recording times remotely and even better, use my iPhone as a remote.

This came in handy recently as our cable remote just stopped working. Funny how that happens? I wasn’t about to drive a couple of miles, to find that there was no parking available and then stand in line for an hour just to get a remote. Fortunately for me there’s my iPhone – and the Optimum App.

Try it out. Download it from the store and and at bottom of the home screen, tap Main Menu. You’ll see a selection of buttons and one of them is remote. OMG – there are 5 screens so I can set the DVR, erase programs, speed through the commercials, raise or lower the volume. It’s still a little sluggish but still… I just told Cable to mail me the remote and of course they said it would take 5 to 7 days.

Lucky for us we have iPhones and the Optimum App. Beats going up to the DVR and pressing the box.

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