Sky+ users in the UK (and there are a lot of Sky+ users in the UK) with an iPhone (or iPod Touch, or iPad) will no doubt be accustomed to the Sky+ application for iOS, which allows users to record shows on their Sky+ box at home from their mobile phones and view the TV schedule for the next 7 days.
Although it was a long time coming, we now finally have the same option on Android mobile phones such as the HTC Desire too, with the launch of the Sky+ application for Android.
The interface of the Android application is incredibly similar to that of the iPhone app. When you open it, you’re presented with a grid of channel categories which you can simply select to take a look at the channels available. For example, if you select to view sports, you’re given the same list of channels that you would be if you selected to view sports channels on the TV guide on your Sky box.
From here, you can press and hold on to a channel title to be given the choice of adding it to your favourites. To remove a channel from your preferences, simply hold it again and confirm that you wish to remove it.
To remotely record a show from the application, you first have to set up your SkyID account online and activate the Remote Record feature, which is linked to your Sky box at home. This ID also allows for other services such as viewing your Sky channels in Windows Media Player, so it is well worth doing considering it doesn’t take a long time to set up. If you haven’t got one already, you just need to give yourself a username and password to get going.
Once everything is set up, simply open the app on your phone, enter your username and password, and you’re good to go! The whole process is simple enough once you figure out how to do it, and it shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes.
If you want to download it for yourself, it’s a free download from the Android Market and one definitely worth trying out!
Have you tried the Sky+ Android App yourself? Do you find it useful being able to set your Sky+ HD box to record your favourite TV shows wherever you might be?
What other iPhone apps do you think is important to you to see come to the Android mobile phone platform?