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Don’t let a meeting or a dinner-date ruin your TV plans – record your favourite shows remotely using Foxtel’s mobile phone recording application that allows you to set your set-top box to record just by punching a few buttons into your mobile phone.

By using any compatible 3G phone users can download an application that lets them view Foxtel’s electronic program guide (EPG) with programming information and set programs to record up to seven days in advance.

Foxtel’s executive director of content, product development and delivery, Patrick Delany, says the future of entertainment is about personalising the experience.

“Personalising entertainment is the next frontier in television and Foxtel is leading the way. A mobile phone is no longer just for making and receiving calls, it’s become a multimedia gateway connecting users to the internet, emails, music, television, TV guides, and now Foxtel iQ,” he said.

“This is a wonderful addition for our subscribers and by making these services available to 3G mobiles now provides them with even more benefits to get the most of their Foxtel service.”

The mobile EPG allows users to search for a program by name (or partial name) and view a short summary about each show. There is also a Reminder Alert function which sends an SMS to the user 15 minutes before the program commences, reminding them of the show, the channel and the time it begins.

The service costs 55c for initial set-up, but after that it is included in the monthly price of your Foxtel bill.

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