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Sky rolls out new features on EPG

Sky customers will from today start to see some new features from Sky+ which will be rolled out to its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).

With this latest update, Sky customers will be helped to find shows they like with the launch of a brand new recommendations engine. The new feature provides suggestions of TV shows and movies that a customer might enjoy based on recent recordings and downloads in their Sky+ Planner.

The list of features being introduced from today, provided by Sky:

  • Suggestions: customers will find shows that they might enjoy, based on recordings or downloads in their Planner.
  • Smart Series Link: customers will never miss the returning series with Smart Series Link, as it is now updated to remember to record all the future new series
  • DVD Cover Art: instantly recognisable DVD cover art will be seen in the Sky Movies and Sky Store sections
  • Sports: a new tile for the homepage will be introduced showing all live sports on any TV channel at that moment in time and all the sports channels from the TV Guide
  • Combined SD and HD options: easily choose between HD & SD when downloading TV shows or movies from any on demand section.
  • HDMI One Touch: the Sky button on the remote now turns on the latest Sky+HD box and a compatible TV in one go from standby. It tunes the TV to the correct HDMI input if they’ve been using another device so there’s no need to pick up the other remote control. 
  • Sky Store: customers can now access Sky Store from Sky Box Office.
  • Simplified Card Pairing: customers will now be able to easily pair their viewing card without calling Sky; it just takes one press of a button on the Sky remote.
  • Entertainment shows: the Lifestyle tab has been merged into the Entertainment tab in the TV Guide
  • Homepage images: will be updated on a regular basis to showcase the latest and best movies and TV shows.

As a516digital reported earlier this week, it appears the software update is also going to allow viewers to manually tune HD channels from other parts of the UK, such as ITV HD for viewers in Scotland.

These updates to the Sky+ homepage are the second set of changes this year following a major overhaul in March when On Demand and the Sky+ Planner were moved alongside channel listings as equal options, and a new enhanced Search function was launched. Since then, the number of searches has, according to Sky's latest press release, increased dramatically, now with around 1.6 million per day.

Sky says that the software update is rolling out to customers starting from today, and will be available to over 8 million customers with compatible Sky+HD boxes by the winter this year.