Sky has introduced a Remote Recording service for its Sky+ PVR. The system allows users to record their favourite TV programmes from a mobile phone, via SMS, or (soon) online via Sky.com. The technology works with all versions of Sky+ including the new Sky HD box.
Viewers with a 2.5G, 3G or GPRS phones first need to download the Sky by mobile application, which then allows them to see and use Sky’s seven-day TV guide on their phone and select programmes to record on their Sky+ box (full details below).
The mobile guide looks similar to Sky’s light blue EPG and enables people to browse listings and view programme details on the move. The new service also works via text message.
Sky+ customers just send a short message with the programme details to a dedicated number. The online version will launch latter this Summer.
Says Brian Sullivan, Sky’s Director of Customer Products and Services:”Remote Record is perfect for those situations when you hear about a TV show and want to record it there and then, or if you want to catch a particular programme and you’re stuck at work, waiting for a delayed train or even on holiday.”
Sky by mobile registration details:
Registration & Use for Remote Record – SMS
Press Interactive on your Sky+ remote, select Sky Active and then go to My Sky. Then select Remote Record and you’ll be directed to the Remote Record registration page. You will need to fill out a few details to link your mobile phone with your Sky+ box.
The text message version works with any UK-based mobile phone, users send a short message such as The Simpsons. Sky 1. 11/06. 18:30. to the dedicated ‘Remote Record’ number 61759. Sky then automatically searches the TV listings and if a match is found a message is sent to your Sky+ box. You are then sent a text confirming the recording request, this is the only text you are charged for by Sky and will cost 25p.
Registration & Use for Remote Record – Sky by mobile
If you subscribe to Sky Sports 1 and 2 and/or Sky Movies 1 and 2 or you are a Sky Bet customer, registration is a two step process. First register for Sky by mobile, so you can view the Sky TV Guide on your mobile phone. Then register your mobile for Remote Record on Sky Active, as above.
Registering for Sky by mobile Sky by mobile is a free service you can register for by going to www.skybymobile.com. The website will explain what you need to do to get up and running. With Sky by mobile you can access the Sky TV Guide as well as the latest stories, videos and information from Sky Entertainment, Sky Sports, Sky News and Sky Weather.
To register for Sky by mobile you will need: a compatible handset with internet access via 2.5G, 3G or GPRS. To subscribe to a package which includes Sky Sports 1 & 2 and/or Sky Movies 1 & 2 or be a Sky Bet customer you must also be the Sky digital account holder to download Sky by mobile in the first instance.
Following this, 7 additional users in your household can also download Sky by mobile. Once the application has been downloaded to the corresponding mobile phone(s), customers can select the programme they want to request to record from the TV guide. They will then see an on screen message confirming the recording request has been sent to their Sky+ box.
Registration and Use for Remote Record – Sky.com
To use Remote Record online you still need to register for the service on Sky Active as above.
Remote Record and BlackBerry
Owners of BlackBerry devices can both text or use the Sky by mobile application to send recording requests to their Sky+ box. The text version of Remote Record works with all SMS enabled BlackBerry devices. This works even if telephony is not enabled through the e-mail / SMS interface. The Blackberry models that are currently supported by Sky by mobile are: 7100v, 7100x, 7230, 7730, 7290, 8700.