BRITISH SATALLITE BROADCASTER Sky announced today that it will update its Ipad app to turn the Apple tablet into a touchscreen remote control for Sky+ set-top boxes.
Sky said it will add the feature later this Summer and that it will allow customers to pause and rewind content by swiping their Ipad screens.
"Sky TV customers with Sky+ HD boxes will also be able to view their planner on their iPad, and add or delete shows without interrupting what they are watching on the main TV," the firm said in a press release today.
In its latest earnings report the company said Ipad remote control integration is one of many new features in a "pipeline of innovative new products services planned for release" in the year ahead.
"We plan to enhance the functionality of the Sky+ app to allow customers to use the iPad as a remote control for browsing the EPG, managing their Sky+ planner and selecting programmes to watch, pause, fast forward and rewind," the firm added.
We assume that the app will work by connecting the Sky+ set-top box to the same router as the Ipad, because the tablet doesn't feature an infrared transmitter.
The news comes as Sky posted record profits of £1.2bn for the year ending 30 June, up 14 per cent from the previous year.
Earlier this month Sky launched Now TV, an online TV and video streaming service set to compete with Netflix and Lovefilm. The service streams Sky content such as Sky Movies to broadband connected devices and eventually will expand to offer sports and entertainment. µ