AT&T wireless customers gained the ability to use their cellular handsets as a remote control through which they can schedule recordings on their digital video recorders (DVRs) with the launch of AT&T’s new Homezone DVR programming service on Tuesday. Priced at $9.99 per month, Homezone is being offered to customers within AT&T’s 13-state local exchange region who also subscribe to EchoStar’s DISH satellite TV service. (The service will not be offered to customers within the BellSouth calling region who receive bundled TV services through BellSouth’s partnership with DirecTV.) Subscribers will also need a WAP 2.0-enabled handset that will enable them to access a joint AT&T-Yahoo portal through which they can also deliver content (such as on-demand movies and photos stored on home computers) to televisions via the Internet. Next week, Verizon Wireless is expected to roll out a service that would enable customers to program TiVO DVRs remotely. A joint venture involving Sprint-Nextel and four major cable companies—including Comcast and Time Warner—intends to introduce a similar offering later this year. AT&T is also expected to extend the feature to customers of its new UVerse IPTV service at a future date.