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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