In a press release, Universal Electronics announced that it will launch its own remote to control Apple TV. The remote control, in addition to controlling Apple TV, is designed for those who also need to control a cable or satellite television system. The remote control will launch next year and will be available exclusively to cable providers.
Paul Arling, CEO of Universal Electronics Inc., says the remote control was designed to meet the needs of more customers who access their live television through Apple TV.
“We are excited that customers around the world will soon be able to enjoy this new remote control, specifically designed for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers. This remote control offers convenient functions for quick access to EPG or live channel browsing programming available through the MVPD app on Apple TV 4K “.
Cable and satellite providers can begin ordering the new remote control next month. Below is the full list of functions of the new remote:
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Advanced Search and Control – Customers can ask Siri to find and access content in live TV and streaming apps * Enhanced controls for Live TV – Program guide and dedicated channel keys provide easy and instant access to key functions of live TV viewing Complete control of the entertainment system: No stand mode and universal control of Apple TV, as well as televisions and audio devices of any brand or manufacturer Reliable and secure communication: integrated design with UE878, reliable BLE chipset and highly integrated UEI optimized for voice control and Apple MFi authentication chip for secure connectivity to Apple TV Premium Fit and Feel – Sleek, ergonomic form factor with hardcover keys in metal domes for enhanced tactile response Backlit keys automated: accelerometer and ambient light sensor to automatically backlight keys in environments with po ca light when remote control is lifted or moved MVPD brand: service providers can add their own company brand remotely
Actually, there are other programmable remotes that work with the Apple TV. Check them out on our list of the best remotes for Apple TV in 2020.
The remote control, as explained above, is only available to cable and satellite companies. This means that you will not be able to purchase the remote control yourself unless you offer it through your television subscription service. Hopefully this will change in the long run, as there are many Apple TV users who want a different remote than the one that came with the streaming box.
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