TV viewers have been using electronic program guides (EPG) and video recording on hard disk drives (HDDs) for viewing programs whenever desired. Now you can easily schedule television recordings without being in front of the TV or VCR, just by entering the necessary program information into your mobile while you are away from home — via i-mode, of course. WWJ reported on this system in our “CEATEC Japan 2003: The Future of Wireless” video program over a year ago, now it’s finally coming to Prime Time.
DoCoMo released this report earlier in November [.PDF]
Checking the times of television programs in magazines and newspapers, and entering the times in the VCR’s remote controller, is a frequent activity. But doesn’t programming the VCR before you go out get tiresome? You may also forget to set the VCR to record a program you really wanted to see. Or perhaps you hurry home in the evening, only to find that the weekly TV drama you wanted to watch has been postponed due to an overtime baseball broadcast, which has taken up the entire recording time. Everyone has had this vexing experience at one time or other.