Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) has unveiled its version of the notoriously unpopular Apple TV remote “specifically developed and designed” for cable, satellite and MVPD (multi-channel video program distributor) customers. the company announced.
The remote uses Bluetooth low energy or infrared to connect to the box, it has a microphone to say commands to Siri, and its universal remote control function allows you to control televisions and audio devices of any brand or manufacturer. It has backlit keys, which are activated via an ambient light sensor, a button to change channels and a mute button, according to UEI.
“We are excited that customers around the world will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, specifically designed for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,” said Paul Arling, CEO of Universal Electronics, in a release.
Universal isn’t the first company to introduce an Apple TV remote alternative; last year, Swiss TV and Internet provider Salt developed a remote control in collaboration with Apple after the touchpad controls on the native remote were frustrating for users used to having standard buttons. Y Function presented its Button Remote for Apple TV in July. The Salt model has been hard to buy In the USA.
The UEI remote will be available starting next year, but consumers will not be able to purchase the remote directly from Universal. The company plans to sell branded versions of the remote directly through cable companies.