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Sky unveils Sky+ enhancements

August 15, 2012

UK digital broadcaster Sky has unveiled an update to the Sky+ app for iPad which allows Sky TV customers to use their iPad as a remote control.

Sky customers will be able to take even more control of their main TV experience through the app, using it to change channels as well as pause, play and rewind TV with a swipe or tap of their fingers on the screen of their iPad. Sky customers can also now manage their planner through the iPad app, allowing them to add and delete recordings they have stored on their Sky+HD set-top box without interrupting their viewing experience on the main TV.

Other key features of the enhanced app include a redesigned TV Guide, with new genre tabs allowing Sky customers to discover their favourite content even more easily. The updated app also offers improved search and navigation, with an emphasis on providing an even more intuitive user experience.

Further enhancements planned for later in 2012 include the integration of second screen functionality into the app, building on Sky’s partnership with zeebox, which will enable customers to interact with their favourite shows through integrated twitter feeds, plus enjoy bonus second screen experiences created specifically around Sky content.

The enhancements to the Sky+ app for iPad follow on from the launch of a new Sky TV Guide earlier in 2012, which delivered a new Sky Guide to millions of customers with a Sky+HD box. To access the full functionality of the Sky+ app for iPad, Sky customers need to have the new look Sky Guide on their Sky+HD box and to make sure it is connected to the same WiFi network as their iPad.

Luke Bradley Jones, Brand Director, TV Products, said the Sky+ app had proved “hugely popular” with millions of Sky customers embracing the convenience of being able to set recordings of their favourite shows while they are on the move. “We’re now taking the Sky+ experience one step further, handing our customers even more control over their planner – not to mention being able to use the app to change channel and play, pause and rewind their favourite TV. Today’s update marks a major step forward in using mobile apps to make the Sky TV experience even better, and it’s just the start, as we’ll be following it up with a series of further enhancements later this year,” he added.


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