Sky+ remote functionality comes to Apple iPhone

Sky has launched brand new features on its mobile app which allow users of Apple’s iPhone smartphone and the iPod touch to use their devices as a remote control for their Sky+ set top box.

Sky have changed their Sky+ app to allow Apple iPhone and Apple iPod users to use their device as a remote control

The remote control functionality is already available on the Apple iPad

The new update to the Sky+ app is now available from Apple’s iTunes store and allows the user to use their iPhone or iPod touch to change channels, and use the PVR functionality on their Sky+ set top box including the ability to pause, record and rewind live television by either swiping or tapping the screen.

In addition to the new remote control functionality, the changes to the Sky+ app also mean that customers can also access their Sky planner through their iPhone giving the user the ability to view and organise all of the recorded programmes on their Sky+ set top box.

The new functionality has already launched on the Apple iPad, and in order for customers to use the remote control functionality they will need to connect both their Sky+ HD set top box and Apple device to the same WiFi network.

It is expected that the new functionality will also be launched by Sky on the Android range of operating systems shortly.

The director of Sky’s TV products Luke Bradley-Jones said “People use their phones as a one-stop-shop to manage virtually every aspect of their lives, whether organising their diary, checking their bank balance or paying bills…so why not use it to control their TV too?”

“Having received great feedback about these features when we introduced them to the Sky+ app for iPad earlier this year, it’s great to now be making them available on iPhone too, which is obviously the ideal size for use as a remote control.

“Combined with the convenience of also being able to remotely record programmes from their phone while out and about, the Sky+ app is cementing its position as the ultimate TV gadget, helping millions of our customers get more great value from their Sky subscription both in and out of the home.”

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About Ben Hargreaves

Hi, i'm Ben, i'm the head editor of content at Digital TV Selector and have worked within the telecommuications industry for nearly 8 years now. I've been particularly interested in the way digital television has evolved over the last decade or so, with the advent of video on demand, 3D and the interations that we make with social media whilst watching digital TV too. With so much competition, its interesting to see that content is becoming the king, and digital TV providers are continuing to bring in customers with a wide array of sports, movies and entertainment shows. When we are not talking (or writing about) digital TV at DTVS towers, I can be found wine tasting and cycling in my spare time!
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