If you enjoy watching free-to-air television shows on your local television channels, and you were hoping that you could record and playback those shows on your 3G mobile devices, it looks like Australian telco Optus might have the solution for you.

With a recent study that revealed that 46% of Australian mobile users own smartphones, it’s only natural that the demand for streaming and watching shows on their devices while on the go has increased. Thanks to the Optus TV Now service, it basically enables Optus 3G customers to schedule, record and playback all 15 free-to-air digital television channels from any compatible 3G mobile device or even from their computer.

The cloud based service comes in three plans, with the Basic plan giving the user 45 minutes of free storage every month, the Standard Plan providing five hours of storage time for $6.99 per month and the Premium Plan at $9.99 for 20 hours of storage time.

What this service does is that it basically turns the user’s mobile handset into a PVR, whereby customers are able to download the Electronic Program Guide from which they can select programs to record and playback on their smartphones or computers.

According to Optus digital media director Austin Bryan, “While we’ve been able to record free-to-air TV on our personal video recorder for years, Optus TV Now is the first service that allows customers to record free-to-air TV using their mobile and play it back on a mobile or personal computer.”

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