Universal Electronics has introduced its personal tackle Apple’s divisive Apple TV Remote that is “specifically developers and designed” for cable, satellite tv for pc, and MVPD (multichannel video program distributor) prospects, in accordance to the corporate (through The Verge).
The UEI Remote makes use of Bluetooth Low Power (BLE) connectivity along with Infrared to present common management, and presents Apple TV customers content material search and management through Siri and a program information button for reside TV viewing features, together with separate quantity and channel rockers and conventional media playback buttons.
As well as to that includes Apple’s MFi authentication chip for safe connectivity with Apple TV, the distant additionally packs an accelerometer and ambient mild sensor to mechanically backlight the keys in low mild environments when the distant is picked up or moved.
“We’re excited that customers worldwide will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,” stated Paul Arling, CEO, Universal Electronics Inc. “This distant presents handy options to shortly entry the EPG or channel surf reside programming accessible by the MVPD’s app on Apple TV 4K.”
Third-party options to Apple’s deeply unpopular Apple TV Remote aren’t new. Final 12 months we noticed Swiss telco Salt launch another distant management for the Apple TV 4K set-top containers that it consists of in its home broadband TV bundle. Then, in July, Perform101 launched a $30 variant for U.S. the buyer market (there is not any Siri button included on that one although).
UEI’s distant will not be accessible for shoppers to purchase when it launches early subsequent 12 months. As a substitute, it is being supplied instantly to cable corporations that embrace an Apple TV 4K as a part of a streaming video bundle.