Remotes

New rebrand, new remote.

"Egg" Remote

DIGIBOX — 1998

This was the first EVER Sky Digital "zapper" as they called it back then, that came with the Pace BSKYB2200 in October 1998. This remote was shortly replaced a year later.

It is very rare to find one of these remotes on online shopping sites.

Swoosh Remote

DIGIBOX — 1999

The swoosh remote has some slight differences to the egg remote. New Sky logo and the Helvetica font change.

A second revision (see below) has the modern Sky logo but still includes the swoosh.

Common Remote

DIGIBOX — 2001

This is the most common remote for Digiboxes, which came out in 2001. Most people who had a Digibox had this remote.

The most notable change is the change of Sky logo, omitting the swoosh. The remote went through a design overhaul in 2005 (pictured on the Digibox remote), with the addition of the speaker icon on the 0 button and a new font on the keys. Again, the remote had a slight change in 2009 with a softer Sky logo and a sleeker font. These changes also applied to the Sky+ and Sky+HD remotes.

Sky+

SKY+/SKY+HD — 2001

Sky+ remotes had a similar design to the Common Digibox Remote, but with a few changes. Most notable are the new buttons, which are Pause/Play, Rewind, Fast Forward, Record & Stop which are the Sky+ controls, with a black border around the midsection buttons.

A minor inconvenience with these remotes is that the use a different IR code, meaning you can't use these remotes to control Digiboxes. However, you actually can, just not much people know about it. To do this, press TV, hold select and YELLOW until you see 2 LED flashes, and now, press 0 then select to control Digiboxes, or press 1 then select to control Sky+ & Sky+HD boxes. Then press SKY to save the changes.

Sky+HD remotes had the exact same control layout, with a sleeker design.

Sky Navigator

DIGIBOX/SKY+ — 2003

The Sky Navigator, at first, looks like a regular Sky+ remote (abeit taller), however the flap reveals a keyboard inside.

This was Sky's clever attempt to get users back onto the Sky Active messaging service after complaints about the Sky Keyboard being a hassle.

These remotes still go around on eBay, but are quite hard to find.

Sky+HD

SKY+/SKY+HD — 2006

The Sky+HD remote is essentially just a Sky+ remote but with a sleeker design. Sky HD boxes (which were Sky+HD boxes without the Sky+ features) also came with these. One of the biggest differences (and slight inconveniences) is the change of remote codes due to a different revision. Also, the remote code sticker on the back of the remote cover had Sky branding added to it. Despite Sky calling these Sky+HD remotes exclusively for Sky+HD boxes, they use the exact same IR code as the Sky+ box & remote, meaning, that you can use a Sky+ remote on a Sky+HD and a Sky+HD remote on a Sky+.

Another difference with this remote is the change of font. The buttons now use the modern Sky font. These remotes began to come in black in 2010 when Sky started the new series of black Sky+HD 1TB boxes.

Also, most special/limited edition remotes were from the Sky+HD remotes. Not much custom remotes for the Sky+ came out and very few for Sky Digiboxes were released.

Like the original Sky+ remote. you can still change what boxes this controls by pressing TV, hold select and YELLOW until you see 2 LED flashes, then press 0 then select to control Digiboxes, or press 1 then select to control Sky+ & Sky+HD boxes. Then press SKY to save the changes.