Verizon pushed out a significant FiOS TV DVR Manager iPhone app update this morning, bringing us up to version 1.5.
Most notable upon first launch is that the previous horrid graphics have been replaced with a polished UI that mirrors what’s found in their latest DVR update (IMG 1.9, slowly rolling out). Remote scheduling and DVR recording management are still present… but much more attractive. Also, in the interface category, the grid guide can now be viewed in landscape orientation.
In terms of new functionality, Verizon has ported my favorite iPad feature down to the iPhone (or iPod Touch) in allowing you to see what other folks in your region are watching — nice to have if you’re still a channel surfer, as I am. Lastly, the app now allows you to register multiple DVRs. And it looks like this is accomplished by replacing the kludgy challenge response PIN system with one’s My Verizon web credentials.
All in all, the updated FiOS DVR Manager app looks quite sharp and I welcome the improvements. But Verizon stills needs to integrate their virtual remote set-top control into it, rather than requiring a separate app as they do now.