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Sky TV is a treasured thing in our house - whether it be for my husband's beloved football matches, my soaps or my daughter's episodes of Mickey Mouse. Obviously for Sky to function easily for us, a remote is required to allow us to easily control the channels and the Sky+ HD box functionality. This remote was included with both of our boxes, but it is also available to purchase via a number of online retailers including Play.com for around £10 - £15.
The remote is silver and black and measures around 22cm x 7cm x 3cm at it's widest points so it is a little chunky but I like that considering it gets thrown around the room and pushed down the side of the sofa etc. We've owned both of ours for quite some time now (one for at least 3 years) and they've shown very little signs of wear - just a few of the words on the buttons have faded slightly, but they still function just as well. It requires 2 AA batteries that are just slotted in the back. The one shown in the picture is the Sky + remote, rather than the Sky + HD one that I am reviewing.
Most basic TV functions can be controlled via the remote as well as controlling functions of the Sky box itself. It can be easily programmed to sync with the TV so that functions such as the volume, on/off and mute of the TV can be controlled saving having to have both remotes out all the time. We very rarely use the TV remote because we find that for everyday use, this Sky remote suits all of our needs.
The remote is controlled via infra red so it is necessary to point it towards the box to allow the commands to work properly. This has meant that in some parts of the room, we can't change the channel but I expect this would be a similar situation with most other types of remote. It is very responsive when sat in an appropriate place though and almost always works straight away - the only exceptions being when the Sky box crashes and needs to be rebooted. It seems as though the remote has frozen at first but it is the box itself.
The remote has a large blue Sky button at the top that my husband finds very useful but I never use. If you're in the middle of flicking through the Sky menu, pressing this returns you to whatever channel was being watched beforehand. I prefer to use the 'back up' button that takes you to your previous place. There are also four other large buttons towards the top of the remote - TV guide, box office, services and interactive. I only use the TV guide here, but they are all designed to give direct access to things that would otherwise need to be chosen via a long winded method using a series of menu options.
Choosing a channel can be done via a number of ways with this remote. The easiest way I find is to use the TV guide button I mentioned and then use the arrow buttons it has to select the desired channel as I find there are so many channels on Sky, it is unlikely that I want to watch a channel situated close by to the previous channel being viewed. If however we are watching a couple close together eg BBC1 and BBC2, there is also an option to just move up and down through the channels via a channel +/- button. Alternatively, the remote comes with a number pad so if the channel number is known, it's easy to just enter it to switch over. Whatever the preferred way of changing channel - this remote covers them all.
Other functions are really easy to use on it too. Sky + HD boxes have the functionality to record programmes via it's hard drive and often we are watching something that we decide to record for another family member. In these cases, all we need to do is press the red 'R' button on the remote and it starts recording that programme on the channel. With the touch of one button, the programme is recorded and automatically saved. The remote also has a pause and play button. I'm always popping in and out of the room to make drinks etc and I just press the pause button and the progamme will be paused until I return and resume it via the play button. Again with the touch of two simple buttons, my viewing can be controlled exactly how I want it to be. Sky have made everything so easy to use via this remote, I feel people not keen on technology would still be confident using this.
Sky have made it simple to control their services with this remote that even my daughter (who is nearly 18 months) is starting to learn what some of the buttons do! I've rated it the full 5 stars as we've not encountered any problems and it's made it so easy for us to control the programmes we've wanted to watch.
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Well this is a prized possession in our house and constantly being fought over.
I think the sky remote is getting better with time. Our current one has definitely survived more falls and bashes than our last. Also ones our family had when I was little were not as durable as the current model. They are also getting more fancier in time.
The sky remote is a good weight and easy to hold in your hand. The battery cover is made of rubber which stops it slipping off our leather sofa! The cover itself is easy to open (but not easy enough for a small child). You must insert new batteries within 10 minutes of removing the new ones. Not quite sure why this is but i have not hung around long enough to find out, incase its something god awful. On the subject of batteries the remote takes two AAs. I can not remember having to change these at all since we got it two years ago. It was bought as a replacement (our old one now lives in the toy box).
The buttons on the remote do not stick like they used to with the older style remotes. They are still very easy to press. Although the letters, numbers and words on the buttons fade, it has taken alot longer to do so this time. This shows that sky purposely done this to make them last longer. The buttons are various colours for different purposes. This obviously includes the famous red button, along with a green, yellow and a blue.
The remote features the red light at the top for infrared. This is something it has always had during it's change in the years. It obviously lights up as you press a button. The light shows the remote is working, which is important right?
LOVE my sky remote. Purchased it as a replacement after our toddler broke it around 2 years ago for about £20 in asda. I assume this price has not changed much over the years, maybe by a few pence. Have never had any technical problems with it either.
I have had Sky installed in the house for more than 10 years, over time the package has changed and so have the boxes but the remote has hardly changed at all, the only change appears to have been the addition of some play, pause, stop, rewind, fast-forward and record buttons that came along with the upgrade to Sky+, and when we upgraded to Sky+HD the remote stayed the same.
Everybody knows what a Sky+HD remote control looks like; it is invariably the largest remote control in a somewhat excessive collection that is deemed necessary as the owner of an Amplifier, Tv, Dvd player, Blu Ray Player and a Sky box.
The remote is a pretty weighty affair and is bottom heavy (like its owner) as this is the end where two AA batteries are housed. The batteries tend to last a good length of time (over a year) and we have used rechargeable as well as the wasteful normal batteries with no problems. The back clicks off with a little persuasion and the batteries can be inserted, we do have an issue where the back does not want to stay on after a while but this is sorted with the addition of a blob of blu tac.
The remote is quite comfortable to hold as it is contoured to fit comfortable into the palm of a hand. All the buttons are reachable with the thumb and a small amount of palm manipulation. The print on the buttons is starting to wear off, especially on the more used buttons but this causes no problems as the thumb instinctively knows which buttons to press when a channel change is desired or a scroll through the menu's is needed. The buttons that control the plus part of the Sky box are in the centre of the remote, I think this is good placing as they are easy to find on the remote. The least used buttons are situated at the top of the remote just under the power button, infact the placing of all the buttons makes perfect sense.
The Sky+HD remote is quite sturdy and has survived many years of use and accidental dropping, throwing, treading on and dropping in tea. No matter what happens to it it bounces back.
The remote can be programmed to control the volume and on/off of the T.V. The instructions for controlling the T.V can be found by going through the services section of the sky guide. As far as I am concerned there are no downsides to this remote, it comes with the Sky+HD box but if you mange to wear it out or kill it off replacements can be sourced incredibly cheaply (less then £20) via online retailers and high street stores, unlike some other remotes that can cost upwards of £60 each and have to be ordered via complicate manufacturers websites (amplifier remote I am looking at you).
In conclusion the Sky+HD remote is a great remote it is well designed and super tough and saves me from having to get up to turn the T.V over.
Thank you for reading.
I have had sky plus for some years now, and one of the most essential items for this is the remote control! Giving me ease of flicking through channels whilst completely slumped on the sofa means it is one of my more favoured tools around the home and it really grinds my gears when I can't find it! We had our current remote for a good 3 years now, but it just became really slack and some buttons were jammed and not working at all so of course had to buy a new one!
- Look of the remote -
The remote is quite a chunky one, more so than the Sony Bravia remote for my TV but of course it does a lot more functions. It has a silverish/grey background, with black buttons and a black trim along the side and on the back. It's easy to hold as the back has a slight rubberish side which is removed to insert/extract batteries.
- Buttons -
There are buttons at the top in blue for Box office, Services, Interactive, and TV Guide. To be honest I hardly use these buttons but they are handy to have as they are short cuts to most of the features when navigating through Sky TV.
There are black buttons for numbers, and letters which make it easy to go straight to channels e.g. 615 (mostly used in our house!) for nick jr for example. The buttons are easy to press down and are spaced well apart so I rarely enter the incorrect sequence even if I do have false nails on which I thought would make it more fiddly!
One of the best features about Sky + is being able to pause live TV and also recording programs so there are the usual buttons for fast forward, rewind, pause and play which are the basic buttons my 3 year old has been able to master! All the buttons are clearly marked so they are easy to understand and work a charm!
There are long bars on either side with + and - for increasing and decreasing volume and also changing the channels up and down. Theres a mute button and an "i" button for help with things like putting on subtitles or audio description. There really is a button on this remote for everything!
- Durability -
The remote is really good and our remote lasted a good 3 years at least before for some reason the select button and the down button got jammed and I had to keep getting up to change the channel. Arrgh! It definitely was dropped numerous times so it did serve us well as I don't seem to have many electronic items which I use daily which last for so long! In terms of appearance it looks just as good, none of the numbers/letters have rubbed off or faded it was literally only because of the buttons sticking why we needed a new one!
- Price -
At first I called sky for a new remote and the guy honestly told me it would cost £35 and I was better off going instore and buying the same thing for half the price. Now that's what I call customer service! in the end I bought our replacement from Currys for £24.99 as I was wary from buying it online and it not working! This included batteries which I also thought was excellent price and still saved a tenner!
- Overall -
I think this remote is fab and is an essential item in our home. It looks nice, works a charm and lasts ages even with being treated badly! As far as remotes go, I have to give this one 5 stars!
I moved into a new flat back in February and I'd planned to get Sky installed but with setting up various direct debits for all the various things you need to I wanted to leave it a few months until I knew just how much a month I was paying for all the bills before I added anything. I'd been looking for deals for Sky and found an excellent half price package when someone I went to School with asked on Facebook if anyone wanted the codes for a Sky package deal. I jumped at the chance and had the box installed within a couple of weeks of ordering the Package. Now moving onto the Remote control and it's a pretty iconic look. Most people know what one of these looks like even if they don't have Sky. Read on where I go into detail about the remote.
The remote is a little larger than most freeview remotes and has a nice feel in your hand. It has a wide range of features which give you the tool to get the most from your Sky Box. Starting from the top of the remote you first have the on/off button, a TV button and of course the Sky Button. The TV button allows you to use your sky remote as your TV remote too which saves having to use two remotes at once when you are watching TV, The Sky button allows you to access the sky menus and you can then use the other buttons on the remote to choose the options you want. You can switch between the two modes by pressing the relevant button.
Next up you have the most important buttons when it comes to moving around your Sky Box. There are four blue buttons. TV Guide, Box Office, Services and Interactive. These allow you to easily move through various options and check what is on TV and what is available in the way of other options. You'll find plenty of movies and exclusive content that these options allow you to move through easily to choose your preferred option. The menus are easy to understand and you can easily navigate the options using the remote to take you around the box. You can go online to order content and update and check your account and change things as long is connected to the Internet.
We then have the standard mute and info buttons which are self explanatory really. The info button gives you a guide to the programme you are seeing on the TV Guide. The channel and volume buttons are easy to use and in between these buttons are the scrolling buttons which allow you to move through different options in the menus and scroll through various things. You also have the back up button which takes you back to the previous menu or screen. There is a help button which gives you sound and subtitle options. On the other side of the remote you have the text button which gives you access to the text on the relevant channels, allowing you to view news, weather, sport etc.
Next we have the recording buttons which are really key to the Sky+ experience. You can pause rewind and fast forward through your recorded content and can pause and rewind through live content. Great for those was it over the line moments when they don't always show the replay straight after. You can also choose programmes to record with a button below and there is also the stop button. These buttons are ones which will be used a lot if you record content on your box. Just below you have the red, green, yellow and blue buttons which allow you to choose the corresponding colour for the on screen option.
Finally we have the numbers buttons which are self explanatory. You need to press the relevant buttons fairly quickly in sequence otherwise the channel might now switch over but that is not an issue with the remote. There are the letters featured like a phone keypad which are used for when you are searching for on demand content like a Movie. This is a pretty easy to use part of the experience and gets the most from your sky box compared to a normal freeview box.
This is an excellent remote all round which allows you to use your Sky+ box the way you want. It's easy to scroll through the on screen menus using the remote and the options are clear when using the remote. If you find the remote in an Argos or Electronics store then don't buy it, Get it online where you can save a lot of money for this kind of item. A quick check of the Argos website shows a price of £24.99 for this remote which is far too high, especially when you can find the remote online for under a tenner. This just goes to show the benefit of looking around online. The remote works automatically with most TVs but may need a code for some. Mine worked fine without needing a code. This is an excellent remote which allows you to get the best out of your Sky package with relative ease. It comes with the box of course so you might not need to get another unless you feel you need a replacement.
y Sky Plus remote control and I are very good friends, we spend a lot of time together and we are lost without one another. Without me it doesn't work and with it I actually have to get off the couch and change the channel myself, gasp, shock, horror!
The remote is quite a robust little handset and can withstand being trod on or dropped on the floor as it does quite often, plus it has also held up well to little fingers pressing multiple buttons at one time trying to turn on the Disney channel! It's contoured in the middle so it moulds into your hand really well making channel surfing a pleasant experience for your hand.
The remote turns on your sky box with a button at the top right hand side. `the the button I probably use the most is the tv guide button on the left hand side. This brings up all the channels on the menu screen on the television and tells you what is on when. In order to go up and down the list you can use the up and down buttons to go through each channel individually or you can use the channel button while you are on this function to move up and down one whole page at a time which make channel surfing a lot quicker. The select button in the middle of the arrow buttons is the button you use to choose the channel you want and to say yes to anything you want. If you need to go back on your choice you simply use the back up button located just underneath the arrows.
Once you are on live television there is a play and pause button which allows you to pause live television. I love this function and its something I use quite a lot. Say for example the ad break has just finished but you still need to go to the toilet or make a cup of tea, you can just press the pause and then the play once you are back in your seat, a very nice function of this remote. Next to these buttons are the forward and rewind button, another nice feature that you can use on live television. If you have missed something and want to go back you can just hit the rewind to see the footage again and if you have paused live television but then want to catch up to the live feed you can fast forward through the advertisements and you will generally catch up if you have only paused for a minute or two.
Underneath these buttons is the record button, a button with a red circle and a R in it. You can just press then when you are watching live television and it will record the program or you can press it when you are in the television guide section and it will record the programs and ask you if you want to record just that one show or the whole series.
Then under these buttons you have four coloured buttons, red, green, yellow and blue in that order. When you are on the television guide page these allow you to do different things such as access your planner, go to your favourite pages, search for listings etc and are really quite handy buttons. They do different things once you press into different screens but are well displayed on the screen so you know what you are looking for.
The last buttons are the buttons numbered 1 to 9 and the zero button. If you already know the television channel number you are looking for you can press these buttons to put in the channel and it will change automatically for you. The numbers also have the alphabet split between them which lets you search for television shows in the guide page.
You can opt for HD channels on the remote once you have pressed the tv guide button as here it gives you options for searching for different televisions channels such as HD channels, Entertainment channels, Movies, kids channels etc.
The remote has lasted us well, we have had it quite a few years now and it is still working well. I think it is set out well and has all the functions you need from a remote control and is not confusing like a lot of remotes you can have for your television.
We have had sky plus HD for quite a while now, we also have sky mulitroom and magic eyes throughout the house! We can pretty much change the channel in most rooms with a Tv, this means we have a few of these dotted around. They are very useful and are now much more stylish than the old sky tv remotes which are now not useful as you dont have the correct functions on them. These are important now to access everything on your tv box. I will now go into more detail on these.
These can be very expensive in some high street stores. I have seen them for as much as £20 in places like curry's. We bought 3 online from amazon and they were £8.99 on sale. I have just had a quick look online and you can get them for £6.50 but that doesn't include delivery charges. They can be expensive so have a look around, they have decreased in price though because they were very expensive when they first came out. SHOP AROUND :)
They have the usual coloured buttons which do specific options on your sky box. The difference with this remote to the older ones is that it has the Sky Plus features of being able to pause and rewind live tele, you have a large pause/play button. The rewind button is to the left of this and the fast forward button is to the right. You then have a stop and a record button below that. All of these features are in the same area which makes it useful. The normal number buttons are along the bottom. At the top there is a TV button, Sky button and an off and on button which is used to turn the actual sky box off after use. There are then the options to enter the tv guide, box office, services and interactive. Its such an easy remote to use and all of the buttons are nicely spaced apart and it is designed nicely. It is larger at the top, comes in at the middle and then gets a bit wider at the bottom. It is very easy to hold and grip and the chances of you dropping it are small as its gripable! (if thats a word?)
Our first one has been around for over a year and looks pretty much new, it has been used everyday and survived being thrown around our living room. I have dropped it many times and spilt lots of drinks over it and it seems to have stood the test of time. The battery life is also good, I have never had to change the batteries in any of them. They are also very responsive and you can be quite far away from the television to get them to work.
These are useful and a must have if you have sky plus! I have tried cheap imitations of these and they dont work aswell. They break apart and stop working after a while, they also are not as responsive and do not work from too far back from the tele. I really like the design of these and I would have to say that this is the best looking remote out of all the random various remotes in the living room. They have styled it nicely. The only negative I have is the price that they want to charge for these, I don't belive they would cost too much to create, yet they have a high recommended retail price! I would say that you should invest in these if you need a new sky plus remote and do not try cheaper copies as you will only be dissapointed and go back to the genuine sky remotes in the end!
This remote gets 4 stars from me as they work well, they have good features and look stylish. The reason it loses a star is the fact that they cost too much! I wish they would lower the prices.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped you out.
P.s - Im not sure why dooyoo want to know the picture quality and sound quality of a remote control! I 0have given them 1 level for these as its irrelevent for this product! DOOYOO please remove them for me :) Thanks.
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