Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) said it is developing apps for Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad and iPhone that subscribers in the Kansas City area will be able to use to control their set-tops, view TV listings and set DVR recordings for its Google Fiber TV service.
In November, Google began supplying Fiber TV subscribers with Nexus 7 tablets that are designed to be used as a remote control and allow subscribers to navigate programming with voice commands. Last week, Google announced subscribers could begin using other Android smartphones and tablets to channel surf with Fiber TV, and that it was also developing apps for Apple's iOS platform.
"We've heard from our users that they love being able to browse shows and control their TV with their tablet. But we've also heard that sometimes, they'd like to be able to use the App on whatever device they have handy," Larry Yang, Google Fiber head of product management, wrote in a blog post.
Several other pay TV providers offer apps for iOS and Android devices that allow subscribers to use smartphones and tablets as a remote control, such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T).
- see the Google blog post
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