New update to Sky+ app lets customers use their iPhone and iPod touch to remotely control their TV.
Sky+ has just unveiled an update to the Sky+ app that cleverly transforms the iPhone and iPod touch into a remote control. This follows these features being introduced on Sky+ for iPad earlier in the year.
Sky said this now means that people with an iPhone can use the app to change channels as they watch live TV, and even pause, play and rewind simply with a swipe or tap of their finger on the screen of their phone. It also offers Sky TV customers full access to their Sky+ planner through their iPhone, which means that people can browse all their existing recordings on their Sky+HD set-top box, as well as set up and delete recordings on their planner - all without interrupting viewing on the main TV.
To access the latest features all Sky customers need to do is connect their Sky+HD box to the same WiFi network as their iOS device. Sky also confirmed that these new features will be available for customers with Android handsets in the coming months.
Other useful features of the app include being able to browse the entire week’s TV from a smartphone through a user-friendly TV Guide , as well as remote record both individual programmes and an entire series through the app while away from home.
SKY confirmed that since the Sky+ app was launched in 2009, it has been downloaded more than 5 million times and now attracts an average of 1.2 million unique users each month. The app sits alongside a range of leading mobile apps available to Sky customers at no extra charge, including the award-winning Sky Go. Offering Sky customer’s easy and convenient access to up to 43 channels live and on demand through both 3G and WiFi connections, Sky Go is available across a range of internet-connected devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and selected Android smartphones.
Luke Bradley-Jones, Brand Director, TV Products, commented: “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.”
For more information on Sky+ please visit: sky.com/skyplusapp.
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