Sky’s announced that you can now download their free Sky+ iPhone app from the Apple App Store which will give you control to “Remote Record” on your Sky+ or Sky HD box wherever you maybe be at the time.
The Sky+ iPhone App allows you to view the next 7 days worth of the Sky TV channel guide by day/time of either all the channels or by selecting a certain sub-group type (much like you would using your Sky Remote) such as Entertainment/Sports/Movies/Documentaries. You’re then presented with a TV guide much like the current one on your TV all be it, much more squashed horizontally — unfortunately, you can’t rotate your iPhone to change the viewing aspect, I’m hoping that feature will be included as the Sky+ iPhone App is developed.
It would seem you should be able to also search for specific TV shows by name using the search button in the lower right of the screen, however having tested on a few shows that I know for a fact are shown several times a day across several channels (such as Frasier), I’ve only been able to get one result to be returned when searching — perhaps this feature is not yet fully implemented?
However, the most important feature of all in this release is definitely the “Remote Record” functionality which having tested it I’m pleased to say works as it should, however, if you haven’t already set up a ‘Sky Remote Record’ account on Sky.com, then you’ll need to do that before you can start using the Remote Record facility.
How To Setup Sky+ On The iPhone
How to do this? You might be thinking, well it can be done by going to the Sky+ on iPhone page which contains information about registering for a Sky Remote Record account.
The only thing to remember, which is a slight limitation on the Remote Record facility is that, like other incarnations of the Sky’s Remote Record software on mobile phones is that you need to make your recording requests 30 minutes before the start of the TV show, presumably to give the request enough time to work through their system and back to your Sky+ or HD box back at home, but I can live with that for the added convenience that this service provides.
The Sky+ iPhone App is definitely worth downloading and setting up an account to use, as I said, I’m not convinced by the searching functionality at this stage and the app is fairly basic stuff right now, but the main Remote Record service works well and I look forward to seeing how Sky develop this app further.
UPDATE: Sky has now released another application, this is a Sky News iPhone app that gives a new way of finding out about all the latest Sky News stories, it’s definitely worth checking out too!
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