- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Got a Treo? A BlackBerry? A Windows Media Center PC? Well, here’s something else to get:

GIST Communications, delivering digital services for managing TV content, announced the availability of its long awaited UGuide, a mobile application that searches TV programming via an easy to view TV grid and delivers the ability to remotely program Microsoft Windows XP Media Center to record shows.

From a java-enabled mobile phone, UGuide’s users are able to search over 20,000 TV program listings, including regional programs and the new Fall line-up from all US media markets. Users can create advance viewing reminders that will appear on their mobiles, receive personalized programming recommendations from the UGuide and, those with Windows Media Center, remotely send programming commands to record programs.

“Other companies have talked about a new generation of remote recording from mobile devices, but GIST is the first to have it in place with personalized viewing recommendations included as part of the offering,” said Jim Cantalini, CEO of GIST Communications. “An immediate benefit is users can set reminders for the new Fall line-up and receive recommendations for similar programming, ” he added.

The free UGuide is available at https://www.uguidetv.com/. Registrants will be asked for their mobile phone number and email address to receive the Beta program. The UGuide mobile application is downloaded in about a minute to Java-enabled mobile phones, which includes Treo’s and BlackBerry’s. Beta users have the opportunity to use all the features of the UGuide and make recommendations for improvements in the next release through a forum page.

Add to this a program such as NoviRemote and you might never leave your couch again, risky though that proposition may seem.

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