Remote Recorder, again

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time working on the next version of Remote Recorder (my Android app for recording TV programmes with Sky+). I’ve listened to a lot of feedback and the main thing requested by people was the availability of listings for TV channels, rather than just a search interface. When I originally made the app I just wanted to be able to search, so I made it just for myself. That’s no longer the case though, as there are quite a few users of the app, and that number is growing every day.

So I have spent quite a bit of time looking at how best to implement this feature and the video below is what I’ve come up with. Keep in mind that it’s incomplete, and excuse the elevator music 🙂

So yeah, that’s the basics of how it will work. There will be some minor differences that I have in mind, like the ability to filter the channels/programmes by typing the name into the box at the top. This next version should go a long way towards making Remote Recorder a much more stable and usable Android app. 🙂

Oh yeah, I also registered a domain name: Remote Recorder. 😀

Sky Remote Recorder update for Android

I made some changes to my Sky remote record app for Android available on the market today. The changes are fairly basic, and are mostly there to make the user experience a bit better.

For example, if your recording fails then you receive a screen where you can choose to test your login details on Sky’s website to make sure you’ve got them correct, you can also view the help on my site, or open the preferences to change your username and/or password.

The update will make it much easier for people to be sure their details are correct and solve any problems they may encounter when setting up remote record requests with Sky.

Remote Recorder trial version

I’ve decided to release a trial version of my Sky+ Android application Remote Recorder so that it’s a bit more accessible to people who want to try it out before they commit to a (refundable) purchase.

The trial version is limited to one recording request for now, but that may change in the future if people want to try it a bit more. For now I believe that one recording is all it takes to get a feel for the application.

Along with this new trial version I have made some minor changes to the full version of the app. There are now some more robust checks in place to see if your login details are correct, and to find out if your remote record request was properly received by Sky.

To find either version search for Remote Recorder on the Android Market and pick the one you want. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Sky website problems

My Remote Recorder application got a bad review earlier because the search was too slow. It turns out that the section of the Sky website that deals with remote recording is actually down. There’s not really a great deal I can do to make my app work when Sky is down, but I really should have had some more sturdy error handling in place.

The MySky section of Sky.com

The MySky section of Sky.com

As I was in the middle of testing a couple of quick changes Sky seem to be attempting to fix this now, and the service keeps going up and down.

I’m pushing out an updated version now with a more helpful message in the event of a communication failure.

Remote Recorder Android app for Sky+ (and Sky+ HD)

A month ago I wanted to set something on TV to record from my phone because I was out of the house. I was aware of the Remote Record option available on the Sky website, and that I could send an SMS to a specific number to set it up, but the website is a real pain to use on my phone, and I couldn’t remember the phone number, or what to send to it anyway.

I figured there was probably an Android application for sending a remote record request via the web, and there actually was. I was very pleased, until I saw that is cost quite a bit of money. This was when I came up with the idea of writing my own Remote Recorder application.

After a lot of my evenings and weekends spent on it I finally have a working application that I’m satisfied with enough to release to the general public.

Search the Android App Store for “Remote Recorder” and give it a go!

Remote Recorder has a very basic interface. You enter the name of the show you want to record into the search box and results are returned for you to choose from. Once you’ve chosen a show a list of show times and channels is retrieved and displayed to you. If you long-click on the show description then a remote record request is sent to Sky and they forward it to your Sky+ or Sky+ HD box. Hey presto, your show gets recorded. 🙂

Your search results

Your search results

A list of showings

A list of showings

Sending your remote record request

Sending your remote record request