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This sky remote is the official remote which is provided with all sky HD boxes. If this remote is lost or broken you are able to buy this controller online for about £14 from play.com.
Connecting the controller to the television is important so the remote is able to change the volume. By doing this you will only need the one controller. Otherwise two controllers would be needed one for navigating around Sky and one to change volume and channel (eg. AV1, AV2). To be able to connect the controller you need to press the 'TV' button, and then hold down select and red for 2 seconds, and then you must enter the TV code which is unique for each brand. The TV code is given on the manual for the controller; the manual will give codes for virtually every TV brand.
The remote is very good quality. I believe this because the controller is made using a rigid plastic and the battery compartment is made out of a rubber type material. Moreover the buttons are easy to press and the numbers and text do not fade as mine are still there after 2 years. The reason for me no scoring full on durability is because the battery compartment does not have a very strong clip and therefore after about 1 year my compartment is loose and cannot be held by its own clip. This is why I now have a rubber band holding the compartment as I am not willing to pay another £14 for another controller.
The controller is very reliable as long as you are in range of the sky box and on the same room. My remote controller has never failed on me and always works, unless someone is sitting right in front of the box!!! When you purchase the remote two AA batteries are provided.
Through the remote you are able to change the channel and increase and decrease the volume. As this remote is for either sky plus or HD you are able to pause, play, forward and rewind live TV. To be able to see the TV guide (what programs are available) you simply press the TV guide button. The select button opens up a mini menu at the bottom where users are able to see the program they are watching and the backup button will remove the mini menu. Moreover you are able to turn the sky box onto sandy by pressing the power button.
If I am being completely honest this controller is very simple to use. The texts printed on the buttons virtually describe to the user what will happen if you press that button.
To conclude, this controller is very simple to use, and it is a good quality remote. Also the price for the remote is very reasonable considering it is the official controller.What more could I say about a controller!
We first signed up to Sky almost three years ago now and opted for a Sky plus box. With that box came this Sky Plus Remote Control. On first investigation, this looked pretty daunting to me - so many buttons, what could they possibly all be for? As time has gone on, I have grown to know and love my Sky remote (when I can wrestle it from the iron grip of my other half!)
The remote itself is actually pretty heavy when the batteries are in. It takes two AA batteries to power and I would say these last us between two and three months (this will vary depending on usage/battery quality of course!). The remote fits nicely in the palm of your hand and has a soft rubber backing too which is smooth but gives good grip to prevent and unnecessary damage from slipping out of hands.
The remote is nicely designed with soft rubber buttons that are easy to compress and the remote is suitably sensitive to this - you do not have to press too firmly for it to work. It is also pretty self explanatory and easy to use with all buttons clearly labelled. This labelling is in white text that does slightly wear off with use.
The feature that I most like about the remote is that it can be used to control your sky box and your tv. At the top of the remote there are three buttons - a power off/on button, the sky button and the tv button. By selecting the relevant button (sky or tv) you can switch between controlling tv and sky. This reduces the need for separate remotes and therefore I have less clutter in my lounge.
All features of Sky+ can be controlled by the remote - recording, playback, channel selection and it is easy to do so. The signal strength between the remote and box is also good, with all commands well picked up without the need to keep pressing on buttons. Another handy feature is that your Sky box will detect if the batteries in the remote are getting low and display a message on screen prompting you to change them - thus avoiding that annoying moment when you want to pause something but the batteries are flat.
As I say, we have had Sky now for three years and we have recently replaced our remote as it did completely stop working. To be fair, it had taken a fair few batterings from falling onto our wooden floor, and the catch holding the back in place had already broken, but it was still annoying that it completely stopped working. Without the remote, the Sky+ box is really difficult to work so we had a frustrating few days whilst waiting for our new one to arrive. It cost £13.99 from Amazon, so if we need to replace it too often it will work out quite expensive.
All in all, this is a good, solid remote that is easy and convenient to use.
Every family has a name for one.
The box. The doofer. The Buttons, and heaven forbid ... the remote control?
Everyone will be familiar with this little piece of kit too - the sky+ remote, which also doubles as a remote control for your T.V
You see, it won't render your T.V remote redundant - and that's it's biggest problem. It doesn't switch between A.V settings. Now I can understand a universal remote not being able to get into the intricate setting of a T.V - but when it can't do a basic function that a lot of T.V's need before they can be put onto the sky+ service, it's not really saving you any time or energy is it.
Which is annoying, countless times I'v had something come on that I want to watch, so I plump myself down pick up the sky+ remote and then search frantically for my lost T.V remote to switch over to the correct input.
Luckily that's all that's wrong with the Sky+ remote, sure it's a little heavy, but it's comfortable and responsive and most importantly it's batteries that come supplied with it last an age.
If you have Sky+ you'll need it, if you don't then don't buy it as a universal control.
Like many i now have Sky Plus, and i love it. One day my world was thrown into chaos when i somehow managed to break my original control. I realized how Sky Plus is almost unworkable without a control . Thankfully, almost a day later this remote arrived from Amazon. This remote does what it say's on the Tin. It works flawlessly with your Sky Plus, meaning you won't have any compatibility issues. It looks like the real thing, and basically is the real thing. The buttons are all of decent size, and they all work well. The control itself is relatively lightweight. One issue i have found is the battery life is relatively poor. When I came to changing the battery's i realized this was surprisingly difficult, and the lack of instructions supplied with this product further enhanced the difficulty of this task. At the end of the day, its a remote control and does what you'd expect. Delivery with Amazon was faultless and the quality of the control matches the original. Once you've overcome the challenge of changing the batteries, you will be satisfied with your purchase.
This remote is slim and it fits comfortably into the palm of your hand. The light gray background colour makes the buttons easy to see which are black with white writin on them while the main buttons are blue. The buttons are also bigger than most remotes so if you have large hands you can still easily work it. It is easy to turn the volume up and down on your tv and it is easy to find and operate the button compared to some TV remotes were you can't tell the difference between the change channel and volume buttons. The record button is easily found as it is a red circle with a white R on it on a black background and is surrounded by these buttons:
The remote does not need new batteries very often but they are hard to replace compared to the previous sky model and I have to use the instruction book to find out how to take the back off. There are lots of button on the remote but have no fear as you don't need to know what every button does as I only ever use the upper half of the remote as on my shows none of the red, green, yellow or blue buttons are required along with the number buttons. If you are on the TV guide channel or etc then it tells you what coloured button to press for specific features like the green for the sky planner.
Sky+ is growing more and more popular for that magical power of skipping the advertisements and where would we be with out our magic wand, the sky remote.
***Which buttons are which***
This remote is pretty much a copy of the old sky remote plus a small circle of buttons underneath he circle with all those arrows on it so people upgrading, don't get to excited.
For people who aren't familiar with the sky remote, it allows you to easily access loads of pages with just a click of a button. This includes the TV guide (which is the list of hundreds of channels), services, interactive and box office. You'll also get the usual stuff such as volume control and channel selection etc. Then the magical part! The part that allows you to fast forward, rewind, pause, play and record! Beautiful!
This small circle of sky+ directions is easy to use when watching TV. You can pause whenever you want for a good hour at least depending on disc space on your sky box. You can also fast forward and rewind as to the point you started watching the programme or until the time gets to the current time. Recording is easy as well with just a click of the button when selected onto the chosen programme. I hope im making this sound easy because it really is.
***About the remote***
All the remotes for sky and sky+ are the same so unfortunately there is no uniqueness but it also allows you to use the remote on any sky box you want. It's also handy when you want to replace it for any reason as there isn't a choice to get you mixed up with.
You will usually find this remote for about £4.00 to £5.00.
You couldn't really ask much more from a remote. It's easy to use, well priced and so far, for me anyway, hard to break.
I do have a Sky Plus HD box currently and I do have a multi room subscription as well and this uses the All in One remote control and I have to say that I am not that impressed.
The control is designed specifically for the new boxes which enable Sky Plus and this is a feature which lets you pause and rewind live television and watch programmes stored on your box.
The control has curve towards to the top which is there to give you an idea I believe that it is a remote for a different box and as sad as that sounds it has to be the only reason for it. You have the huge battery compartment on the back which is seriously over the top.
On the front you have all the buttons you have on a normal Sky remote but you have some extra ones there which you use for the new features. You have the normal buttons such as play and pause and you have a record button as well.
I will admit they are labelled very well but after a few months those labels tend to disappear quickly due to how cheaply they have been added on. You have various shaped buttons to try and give the control a more unique feel and sensation and thankfully they did that.
In the dark you cannot see what your pressing due to the lack of light and the only light you do see is when you are tapping buttons so that to me is a huge problem they have got and something they could have
The control apparently enables you to work your television a well and I managed to do that quite easily and it has lasted but at times I find that I need to keep on checking and reinstalling the number I was given to activities this feature.
I mean the control is useful because it has all the extra features which you want and you do have plenty to admire when it does arrive brand new but the excess weight is not needed. The control is so bulky and it seems to weigh far too much for my liking. I admit the batteries do last an extraordinary long time and this is cheap batteries as well I put inside.
I would have liked a light to use at night time and perhaps a smaller backing for the battery compartment. The way the symbols erase themselves on the buttons is quite shocking and the buttons are quite soft and when you press them down you do believe they are pretty good.
Overall the control you have got here you need to use but they could have done so much more to make it much easier to enjoy.
This 'One for All' remote is the standard remote you get with the Sky Plus service. It's pretty well-made, although it could be lighter, and takes 2 AA batteries (which do last a really long time). The buttons are easy to press and are made of quite soft plastic.
The top of the remote is curved, and it also has a few more buttons than the traditional Sky remote; namely play, pause, fast forward, rewind, stop and record, so you have more control over your TV viewing. These buttons all look pretty different and are clearly marked with standard symbols so they are nice and easy to use. I have small fingers so I have no problems pressing them, and even people with large fingers shouldn't have a problem as they are situated reasonably far apart.
All of the other buttons are found on the regular Sky remote. These include the number pad (0 -9), the on/off button, the Sky button (which in my experience just takes you to the Sky setting on your TV or switches your set top box on), the info button which tells you a bit about the programme, four arrow buttons for scrolling, a back button, and volume and channel buttons. You also get the four blue Sky services buttons at the top, for things like the 'Box Office', which I don't tend to use. Mainly because these things cost money! Just above the number pad are four brightly coloured buttons - red, green, yellow and blue. I think this is a bit of a cop-out as it's unclear what they do and indeed seem to only work within the TV guide/planner screens (with the exception of the red button which you are often prompted to choose whilst watching a programme).
Despite the fact that this is called a 'One for All' remote, I've never managed to get it to control my TV functions (just the Sky functions). My housemate managed it so I know it's possible, but it seems to reset on its own somehow. There's no way it would control my old DVD and video player at all, so I'm still stuck with three remotes. But that is partly my fault, so I'm not knocking any stars off for that.
The main problem with this remote is that the white text on the buttons is fairly cheap and does wear off over a period of time, which makes the remote look awful. I guess most people will have quit Sky or been conned into a more expensive package (and a new box and remote) before this happens to them, but I find it a disadvantage. Another point to make is that my TV remote has braille associated with each button, and the Sky remote doesn't. There is no real way to distinguish between the buttons in the dark (no light up or backlit buttons either), which might be one of the reasons why they've made some of them quite distinctive shapes.
Overall, I think that this remote is good. It's not perfect, but it's not as cheap feeling/looking as it could be. However, I wish there were more varieties available, such as an all-black one to match my TV. I wouldn't consider using this if I didn't have Sky though, even if it still functioned as an 'all-in-one' remote.
This is the same control that came with my Sky+ box and I find it to be very intuitive and simple to use. In fact, when I also set up a series of Magic Eye controller connectors on other TVs in the house to extend the Sky+ to other sets, I also bought another 2 of these controllers for under £8 each from Amazon.
One of the really useful features on it is that it is a 2 in 1 controller. That means that as well as controlling your Sky+ box, you can also programme it to control your TV as well. If you go on the Sky website, you can get a code for your particular TV make, programme it into the controller which then means you can pretty much do away with your regular TV controller and just use this one. Selection between Sky and your TV is easily achieved by selecting either the TV or the Sky button at the top.
In the hand, it feels like quality and well built and solid. Running off of 2 x AA batteries (that seem to last for ages) it seems to be quite a step up from the old basic Sky controllers, although note that this will only control the Sky+ box and not the old Sky box or the newer Sky HD boxes.
The layout of the buttons also seems pretty intuitive and well laid out in clear sets. From the top you can select the power on, then either Sky or TV. Below that are the 4 control buttons to select the TV Guide etc to determine what you want to watch. Below that in and around the first black circle are your basic TV controls with volume, channel, program information etc.
Below those in the second black circle you have the recording and playback controls for Sky+, and finally moving down through the 4 coloured buttons you have the numbered buttons.
Throughout the control everything is easily selectable with your thumb and the buttons are well located with each other where the design has been well thought out. For example, you're not changing the channel on one button and then searching around trying to find the program information button elsewhere. It all works in the same line.
In summary, Sky have got the layout right with this control and have done a great job.
For everyone who has Sky should be pretty used to this remote. This one is such a step up compared to the older version which now I look back I really did not like. This one came with the Sky box and you find it feels very nice once it is in your hands. I think the step up in remote controls from Sky was a good decision because this one offers so much more. With me still having the old remote I can compare and I have to say the different is big. I love this remote from Sky.
Even though this came with my Sky box free I believe you can now purchase this for around £8. I have never needed to buy an additional one because I found that this remote was of a very high standard and has lasted well over 2years which is a good thing.
The remote itself is very soft in the way it actually feels, this makes it easier to just sit in your hand instead of it being very hard and awkward to hold like some of the older remotes. The buttons on the remote are all well situated which will make it easy for the user to navigate. You will also find that it is much easier to use than the old one because I find a gentle press on the remote will change the channel. That wasn't the same for the older version of this remote.
On the top of the remote you will find the power button, TV button and Sky button. Just under that are Tv Guide, Box Office, Services and Interactive. I had found that I only really used the Tv Guide and the Box Office button on that section. I think by putting them 4 together it is a pretty good decision.
Below that are your navigation buttons which are pretty self explanatory. The new feature on this remote is the fact that it has the option to Play and Pause live TV. I think this is a fantastic feature and is so useful, with the fast forward and rewing also being on it means you can skip through the programmes you have recorded. To the side of these are the volume buttons and the channel buttons.
Underneath that you will find the 4 coloured buttons which are red, green, yellow and blue. All your numbers are just below which are just a simple way to find the channel you want instead of flicking through with the navigation buttons.
Overall I was really pleased with this remote becuase I thought that Sky had taken a step forward in the quality of the remote. I did find that when I put batteries in they seem to last a very long time which I was very suprised with. If they are running low you will get a pop up message on screen which will inform you of that. I really like this remote and in my opinion is the best remote I have ever used.
I have got this remote for our Sky box and it's a very pleasant one to use! I like it's design and it has a very modern and smooth appearance. It is nice to hold too and full of functions for your Sky Plus box. The remote has a basic grey colour but it blends very nicely with the light blue and black keys.
The base of the remote has a rubber lining for excellent grip. It also makes it a lot softer and nicer to hold. The remote is even shaped in a way that feels comfortable to hold, rather than a long cuboid - it's shaped with smooth corners in a more oval shape.
At the bottom of the remote is a number pad. These also have letters printed on them in white if you use the remote to type on the box. Just above these are the 4 classic coloured buttons in red, green, yellow and blue. These buttons are really useful as you can scroll menus easily with them and quickly access a large range of features.
Above this is a black panel, which matches nicely with the black rubber on the underside of the remote. On this are a range of blue and black buttons with a range of functions. You have the play/pause button and also ones to skip footage. You can do so only on Sky Plus at a variety of speeds including 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x and 32x.
Just above are the directional buttons to scroll through the menus with. You can also find the 'back up' button to exit menus you have entered. There are also volume and channel buttons although whilst viewing a channel, you can use the up and down directional buttons to scroll through channels and your remote for your TV or sound system can be used to control volume separately. In the centre of these directional buttons is the select option to enter menus and select options. There is also a mute and information button. The information button is useful for finding out when programmes start and finish whilst watching, and also finding out more information on selected programmes that have a synopsis available.
On the top are 4 more buttons - tv guide, box office, services and interactive. These are good quick access routes to a range of features on your sky box. The tv guide takes you straight to the main menu where you can go through all the channels available, whilst using the red and green coloured buttons to skip whole pages to quickly find what you're looking for. You can even enter the numbers of channels to skip massively through the list!
At the top are buttons to switch between 'tv' and 'sky' controls as well as a power button used to switch the sky box on and off. The control is comfortable to hold even though it's quite large. On the rubber back, you can easily flip open the cover to reveal the battery area. The remote takes 2 AA batteries and if buying the remote separately, it'll come with 2 Duracel Plus AA batteries, which are very good and will last ages in your remote! You can buy the remote for £22.95, which is quite expensive but it's great quality and full of every feature you will need to control your Sky Plus box.
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The sky plus remote is a remote which controls all functions of my sky plus box. The sky plus box allows me to record up to two channels at any one time and you need the remote to be able to use the majority of functions on the sky plus box.
The remote fits nicely into my hand the bottom of it seems to be made of a black rubber material for grip I assume and the rest is white plastic. It is powered by 2 aa batteries which you originally get free with the remote the batteries have only been replaced once in the 3 years I have had the remote and that was about 6 months ago.
The buttons on the remote include 'tv' 'sky' I discovered by accident that my sky plus remote can actually control my tv as well which is handy it means I only need one remote instead of 2 whilst watching the tv. My tv is a Panasonic one and previously I have had universal remotes but have always had to programme them before working them, this just picked up the signal automatically from my tv. It can get frustrating sometimes though when I try to change the sky over and the tv skips channels instead. By pressing the 'tv' button I can control my tv channels by using the numbers 0-9 or to select my EXT 1 EXT 2 or AV i use the channel select buttons going up and down.
On the 'sky' functions you can operate all the functions on the box. Channels, recording programmes, pausing tv, fast forwarding and rewinding, interacting with programmes, selecting what to watch next.
I think this is a great remote control and was suprised when I stumbled over the working of my tv function as well as I had no idea a remote would link to other devices its very clever.
The Sky Plus remote has definitely taken the dog's place atop the leaderboard of a man's best friends. The remote is a little larger than Sky's previous installations, but has retained the erganomic design and the great set up that has made Sky the must-have Lounge accessory. While many other companies have made a number of independent attempts, no other firm has produced a remote that seems so natural to use and allows you to control your TV and sky box simultaneously with such ease. In fact, the ability to control virtually every single TV in existence makes this remote a truly great piece of technology.
The appeal of the Sky brand can be likened to that of Apple as the products they produce are incredibly customer-centric and consumer friendly. The placement and functionality of every button is carefully thought through and most buttons have a broad range of uses for both, the Sky box and the TV itself. Overall, I've got to say that this remote has to be one of the greatest drivers of Sky's success in the UK television market.
This is a review of the sky plus remote. Compared to the old sky remote, it is slightly larger in size, but don't worry you won't need both hands to hold it! It's a stylish two tone grey and black and has many functional buttons - including buttons to access sky services (i.e. parental control, set up tptions, favourite channels etc), interactive (i.e. sky games, sky customer service etc). The tv guide accesses the tv programme list which is where you can review what is on TV and you can access TV programmes to record. The remote has the standard buttons to record programmes (you simply press the R button), pause programmes. You can also forward and rewind programmes which you have taped. The text/information is accessed by pressing the red button, favourites is the blue button, message alerts by pressing the yellow button, and the green button gets the TV planner via the 'TV guide' button. You are also able to work the TV with this remote if you follow the instructions to programme it correctly to your specific TV.
I don't think I know anyone who has sky and does not have a sky plus box, it seems like the norm these days to have a sky plus box, instead of the ordinary sky box.
The sky plus box obviously comes with the Sky Plus remote, which is a bit bigger than the original sky remote, but this is due to the fact that it has more buttons for the extra services you get from a Sky Plus box. On this remote you get the ordinary buttons of numbers, red, green, yellow and blue buttons, plus the Sky button, channel and volume buttons, and the other usual ones like arrows, select, TV guide etc.
The extra buttons that you do not get on the standard sky remote control are the Play, Pause, Rewind, Fast Forward, Stop and Record Buttons. These are all pretty self explainatory. These are positioned in the centre of the remote control below the arrow buttons.
The remote control is mainly light gray with a black rubber back and sides. The back is easily detachable and and reacthable, and it is under here that you will find the batteries (AA, two of) and the model details for the remote control itself.
This remote is very easy to use, everything is labelled easily and there is also a help button should you need any help with anything on the sky box or remote. The remote will also let you know on the TV screen when the batteries need to be replaced, and this is easy to do, just pop off the back, remove the old batteries and insert the new ones, then just pop on the cover again.
A great remote control for Sky Plus, I love it.