Saw an advert for Sky Q in the Irish Times this morning that intrigued me.
It features a picture of a new remote that is essentially the Sky Q mini remote but with a blue microphone button below the home key, where the mute and info keys are currently. The tag line is “Voice control, easy”.
Is it just a newer version of the voice remote, or an improved voice control feature? Strikes me as it being ages since Sky made an improvement to the Sky Q platform- Netflix integration being really the last.
I also noticed a Sky Q ad a few weeks ago promoting voice control through a remote which wasn’t the touch remote.
I’d wondered if they were phasing out the touch remote. Judging by comments online and from friends, it seems not everyone likes it.
Personally I’ve persevered with it, but I still don’t think it’s as easy to use as the Sky Q mini remote, and there are some illogical things about it such as why the buttons at the top of the silver circle are touch-sensitive, but the ones at the bottom are clicky. I’m also forever over-shooting when trying to fast-forward an ad break with it.
Perhaps Sky is responding to user feedback and replacing the Touch remote.
The advert appears to be part of a campaign running over here in which various things to do with Sky Q are declared to be “easy”. I haven’t seen that particular one since but the different remote intrieged me. Personally I like the Sky Q voice search but the need to have the remote in your hand renders it a bit pointless for changing the channel unless you don’t know the number.