How to use your Sky remote control

How to use your Sky remote control
Your Sky remote control: The basics
If you're not sure what the buttons do on your Sky remote, you can find
a guide to each of them below.
tv: If you've set up your Sky remote to control your TV, pressing
this button puts your remote in TV mode.
sky: Sets your remote to control your Sky box.
Standby: Switches your Sky box into standby mode.
tv guide: Brings up your seven day TV listings in the Sky Guide,
as well as giving you access to your Planner, Catch Up TV, Sky
Store and more.
box office: Displays your Sky Box Office listings, including the
latest pay per view movies and upcoming sporting events.
services: Lets you manage the settings of your Sky box, including
parental controls, Sky+ preferences and your Sky Guide layout.
interactive: Displays the menu for Sky Interactive, which lets you
manage your account, upgrade your package and find technical
help through your TV.
i: Gives you more details about the programme you're watching or
have highlighted in your Sky Guide.
Arrow buttons: Let you navigate the Sky TV menus. When
watching live TV, the right arrow button will show you what's
coming up later on the channel you're watching, and the left arrow
button switches you back to the channel you had on previously.
The up/down arrows let you browse through what’s currently
showing on other channels without switching away from the
channel you're on.
select: Confirms your choices in the Sky TV menus and brings up
the Now, Next and Later banner when watching live TV.
ch +/-: Changes the channel up or down.
back up: Returns you to the previous page at any point within the
Sky TV menu.
help: Displays your Audio Description and Subtitles settings when
watching a programme. Pressing help in the Sky TV menu will
display instructions on how to navigate the menus.
Rewind: Rewinds your recorded programme or live TV. Press it
repeatedly to choose the speed you rewind at, the slowest being 2x
and the fastest being 30x.
Fast forward: Fast forwards your recorded programme. Press it
repeatedly to choose your fast forward speed, the slowest being 2x
and the fastest being 30x.
Play: Plays a recording from your Planner and returns you to
normal viewing if you've paused, rewound or fast forwarded the
programme you're watching.
Pause: Pauses the programme you're watching.
Record: Records a programme. If it's part of a series, you'll be
asked if you want to record the entire series or just the programme
you've highlighted.
Stop: Returns you to live TV when watching a recorded
programme from your Planner. If you've paused or rewound a live
TV programme, pressing stop will return you instantly to the live
Red, green, yellow and blue buttons: The coloured buttons help
you navigate when you're in the Sky TV menus by giving you
handy shortcuts. You'll see them listed at the bottom of your screen
- for example, when you're in your Sky Guide, pressing the green
button will take you straight to your Planner Planner or pressing
the yellow button when you're on any live TV channel will launch
My Sky. Please note: red button services are currently in SD, even
if you have a HD subscription.
Advanced features
As well as the basic controls outlined above, there are a few clever tricks
you can do with your Sky remote:
Return to live TV: Press sky when in any of the Sky Guide menus
to return to live TV.
Return to a viewed recording: After watching a recording in the
Planner and switching back to live TV, you can return to the point
you left the recording by pressing the play button three times.
View and restore deleted recordings: If you've deleted a
programme from your Planner by mistake, there's no need to
worry. Enter your Planner, then press the right arrow button until
you navigate to the Deleted tab. Press the down arrow button to
select a recording, then press the green button to restore the
recording to your Planner.
Create bookmarks in recordings: While watching a recording,
press the pause button, followed by the red button to bookmark
that point in the recording. While playback is paused, press the
green button to display all bookmarks in the recording, which you
can then select from to start viewing from that point. During
playback, you can quickly jump between bookmarks by pressing
and holding the rewind or fast forward buttons.
Slow motion: Did you know you can create your own slow motion
replays when watching live TV? Press the rewind button until you
reach the point you want to replay, then press and hold down the
play button for at least two seconds to watch your programme in
slow motion. To return to normal speed, simply press the play
button again. This also works with any recordings in your Planner.
instant rewind/fast forward: If you want to go to the beginning
or end of your programme, there's no need to wait while you
rewind or fast forward through the whole programme. Simply
press and hold the rewind or fast forward button for at least two
seconds and you'll be taken instantly to the furthest possible point
of your programme in the direction you chose. You can change
instant rewind settings by pressing settings on your Sky remote,
pressing select, and then using the arrow buttons to navigate to
Setup. You can then change what Instant Rewind is set to.
Use your Sky remote to control a sound system
You can use your Sky remote to control audio-visual equipment, such as
home cinema surround sound systems. We don’t currently support sound
bars, but the manufacturer codes below may work.
1. Before you get started, check your Sky+ or Sky+HD remote is
version Rev.6 or higher. The version number of your Sky remote is
printed on a sticker on the inside of the battery cover.
2. Turn on your amplifier.
3. On your Sky remote press then hold down select and 0 together
until the LED flashes twice.
4. You'll need your four digit Sky remote amplifier code. Use the
numbers on your Sky remote to enter the code. The LED will flash
5. Press the left arrow button. If the amplifier switches into standby,
the correct code has been selected.
If you listen to sound through the amplifier, and not through the TV
speakers, you can use the Sky remote to control the volume of the
amplifier instead of the TV.
Using the Sky remote:
1. Press TV then hold down select and 1 together until the LED
flashes twice.
2. If the remote flashes twice it will now control the sound of your
amplifier when volume up, down or mute are pressed and your TV
sound if arrow up, down or right are pressed.
3. If the remote only flashes once, or remains on steady, retry the
procedure. If the remote still does not flash twice the remote does
not support this feature.
To reverse the setting, using the Sky remote:
1. Press TV then hold down select and 2 together until the LED
flashes twice.
Use your Sky remote to turn your Sky+HD box and TV on from
With one touch of the sky button on your Sky remote, you’ll be able to
turn on your Sky+HD box and a compatible TV directly from standby in
one go and switch your TV to the correct HDMI input.