After a successful run on iPhone, the Sky+ application has finally made it onto the Android operating system. It has already been downloaded over a million times via iTunes, now Google's Marketplace gets dibs.
The app allows a Sky+ or Sky+ HD owner to set recordings on their home set-top-boxes remotely - something that's incredibly handy should you forget to series link your favourite show, or realise that there's a match on that you'd like to watch when you get back.
You can browse through all of the current Sky listings, select them through a genre-specific filter, or just search for a specific show. And you can set the box to record a one-off programme or series link the entire run.
It's all part of Sky's overall strategy for the mobile sector, which includes iPhone-only products (at present), Sky News and Sky Sports Football Centre: "The success of the Sky+ app indicates that there is a real demand for innovative products such as Remote Record", said David Gibbs, Sky mobile general manager. "[It] gives our customers more choice and control to plan their viewing over the TV love when they are on the move and away from home".
The new app is free. However, users must register for Remote Record before their phone will take to their Sky+ or Sky+HD box. It's a fairly simple process though:
Firstly, get a My Sky account. If you don’t already have one, create one on Sky.com.
Then, complete your registration on Sky Active. Press the Interactive button on your Sky+ remote control. Select Sky Active, then select Customer Support and pick Your Sky Features. Select Remote Record, then select Register and pick Sky.com user.