Sky has announced a new service that lets those who possess a Sky+ box record programmes via text, a TV guide for mobiles or the web.
The new service, called Remote Record, has been mooted for a while but is available to owners of all Sky+ boxes – including the new HD version – from today.
So, how do you get started? The first thing to do is register your mobile – up to eight can be linked to one box – via Sky Active. Fill in a few details on the ‘My Sky’ section and you’re ready to go.
The easiest way to do a remote record is via text. If you spot a listing for, say, the only episode of The Simpsons that you haven’t seen, just send a text like the one on the left above to the number 61759 and it’ll do the rest. Each text costs 25p.
The slightly cooler way of doing it, though, is by browsing the Sky TV guide on your 2.5G or 3G mobile and setting recordings from there. To do this you need to register with the Sky By Mobile service – which lets you check weather forecasts and place bets on the footie – here and download the Sky By Mobile application.
Once you’ve done that, a mobile version of the 7-day EPG – like on the N70 on the right – will be yours to peruse, and the only charge for setting recordings will be your operator’s data charge.
The final way to access Remote Record – via Sky’s website – won’t be launching till August but it will let you browse the listings and record progs from an internet café or your Wi-Fi equipped laptop. We’ll let you know when it’s ready for take off.