DTH provider, Tata Sky has launched a new mobile app named “Tata Sky Mobile Access App” to solve all our problems of having multiple remote control for DTH, TV, DVD player, etc. Its not just a Universal Remote that is being provided, it also has a program guide and a feature to share the programs you are currently viewing on Facebook and Twitter along with recording your favorite programs while away from home using the same App. They have currently released this app for iOS and works on all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch with iOS 3.0 and above.
The Tata Sky Mobile Access App is a unique innovation merging TV entertainment with Smartphone devices allowing subscribers to not only control their TV and set-top boxes with their SmartDevices, but also make their content choice based on what their friends and family are viewing. This is the first-of-its-kind functionality offered by any DTH service provider in India. To provide such innovative services it uses your EDGE/3G/Wifi networks.
It has a program guide with a huge difference; all the program schedules based on time are shown along with a short description of the program and the total number of subscribers(only people using this App) viewing the current program, Rating of program as rated by its viewers and number of friends viewing it. With an attractive and user-friendly UI, subscribers can search a program according to any particular genre. The app also shows highest rated programs and most viewed programs by your Facebook friends in the top section. The social integration feature allows you to share the channel and program you are viewing with your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. The app also allows you to set up the recording option for any program you would like to view. It has also got some ‘free tiles’ (read: buttons) where you can add your favorite channels as a shortcut in the Remote. You just have to enter your customer log-in details to setup the device and activate Remote Recording option. So, if you own a TataSky+, you can record your programs while still at work and when you return home, just watch the recorded stuff. Isn’t that amazing?
The universal remote can be configured using a small Infrared Gadget which they have named the “TataSky MP3 Mobile Accessory”. You just have to plug it in the 3.5mm jack of your smartphone(currently only iDevices) and go to Settings in the app, to configure it so that it controls your television, DVD player, Amplifier and the TataSky+ or Tata Sky+ HD set top box. This accessory sets up the entire TataSky set top box remote for you.
The Mobile Access app is available for free on the Apple iTunes App Store and has just been awarded the most downloaded app of the week. The MP3 Mobile Accessory which allows the Smartphone to be used as a universal remote shall cost you Rs 350, but TataSky is giving it for free for the first 10,000 people who demand it. Android users do not have to wait long, as the TataSky Mobile Access App is soon going to be listed on Android Market too!!