Sky TV to offer Remote Record
Sky Television's 70,000 MySky subscribers will be able to log on to the internet to programme their set-top boxes to record programmes from Friday next week.
The company intended to introduce the Remote Record service two years ago, but it was pushed back by other priorities.
Spokesman Tony O'Brien says the service will give subscribers "an extra benefit for no additional cost".
People tend to discuss movies, and what other programmes they have watched during the day, when they are away from home but may have access to the internet, he says.
Mr O'Brien says Remote Record has been trialled with staff and will be easy to use.
Customers with MySky and MySky HDi set-top boxes will register with a password on Sky's website and will then "click" on programmes on its online television guide to record them.
The instruction to record a programme will be sent to their set-top box via satellite.
Just under 10 per cent of Sky customers had MySky boxes at the end of last year.
Sky's British sister company, BSkyB, and Australian equivalent Foxtel both launched Remote Record in 2007. Both companies also support the feature from cellphones.
Mr O'Brien says a service that will let Sky customers remotely record programmes via text messages from mobiles will follow.
The TiVo set-top box, due to go on sale in New Zealand before Christmas, will also support remote recording over the internet.
TiVo will show free-to-air channels and programmes delivered over the internet. Television New Zealand owns one-third of its Australian and New Zealand licence holder, Hybrid Television Services.
The Dominion Post