Control your Sky box with your iPad

Sky have released a major new Sky+ app update for iPad.

The new version allows you to use your iPad as a remote control to change channels, pause, rewind and fast-forward TV.

It also allows you to view your Sky box’s planner, select what you want to watch from the planner through your iPad and it pushes that command to your box for the programme to start playing.

You also have the ability to delete recordings from your planner in the app and previous features are still available, including sending recording commands to your box.

The app is available to download now in Apple’s App Store. The new features however are only available to iPad users – not those with iPhones.

The website Broadband TV News reports “further enhancements are due later in the year including the integration of second screen functionality from Zeebox, the social networking technology in which Sky holds a 10% stake”.

Please note the new functions will only work if you have the new Sky box software that was released recently. If your box hasn’t been updated yet you will need to wait until Sky rollout the new software to your box before using the new iPad functionality.

There’s a video on YouTube showing the new app features in action. Watch below:

BBC Olympic channels removed from EPG

BBC - The Olympic BroadcasterThe extra BBC Olympic channels have been removed from the EPG following the end of the Olympic Games. Channels 450-473 and 474-497 have been removed on Sky.

Some of those channel numbers will re-appear in time for the start of the Paralympic Games this month. The coverage will be provided by Channel 4 who are launching 3 HD and 3 non-HD channels of extra coverage.

Sky Movies 007 HD coming this October

Sky Movies are launching a dedicated James Bond channel in October.

Rights to all 007 films have recently been acquired by Sky Movies – they say “for the first time in history all 22 James Bond fillms will be available in HD, without commercial breaks and in one place – Sky Movies HD”.

Sky have confirmed on Twitter that Sky Movies 007 HD will be a temporary rebrand of Sky Movies Showcase HD from 5th October – following the channel’s other temporary “season” rebrands as Sky Movies Summer HD and Sky Movies Christmas HD.

The director of Sky Movies Ian Lewis says “The Bond movies are a very special franchise and we want to ensure that our customers to be able to experience it in a way they’ve never been able to before, and so we’re going to create a dedicated channel SKY MOVIES 007 HD devoted entirely to James Bond showing the entire catalogue of films and loads of extra material”.

All James Bond films will also be available on Anytime+, Sky Go and Now TV (Sky’s new IPTV service).

Click here for more details on the official Sky Movies website.

Sky Movies 007 HD