Sky+ iPad app is now a remote control, Zeebox skills incoming
The free Sky+ iPad app just got a major bump in functionality: starting today, it’s now a remote control to boss your Sky+ HD box around from the comfort of your sofa. But Sky’s plans don’t just stop there: read on to find out what else it’s got in the works.
While you’ve always been able to the Sky+ iPad app as a TV guide to see what’s on and even schedule recordings, today’s update to version 4.0 adds something even more useful in. You can now tap your iPad, provided it’s connected over Wi-Fi to the same network as your set top box, to change channels or pause, and swipe to rewind TV. No more using the clumpy plastic brick it came with all those years ago.
This alone is reason enough to download the Sky+ iPad app, but Sky has even more planned. Later this year, it’ll be integrating Zeebox, the second screen service it bought earlier this year, into the app, so you’ll get lots of info about the show you’re watching straight on your iPad, and even a live tweet stream.
That should make the iPad essential viewing equipment for anyone with a Sky box. The Sky+ iPad app is available now from the iTunes store, and will run on any iPad with iOS 5 installed.