Universal Electronics (UEI) has announced that it has entered into
an agreement with Sky Italia. This makes Universal a selected remote
control supplier to Italy's subscription television operator.
The agreement calls for UEI to supply technology for Sky Italia
two-device universal remote controls to be bundled with its set-top-boxes.
The remote controls work with the Sky digital set-top box - composed
of a built-in satellite receiver - as well as consumers' televisions.
The Sky remote, together with a Sky Italia digital broadcast satellite
subscription, gives consumers powerful options to control how they
watch broadcast content.
A company release states that UEI supplies Sky Italia with a version
of the Sky remote control adapted to local requirements for common
Italian television brands. Sky Italia subscribers can control virtually
any television with UEI-based control products, which are powered
by the industry's largest database of infrared device control codes.
The remote control for Sky Italia provides consumers with access
to a variety of UEI's proprietary technologies such as single-chip
Liquid Eelectronic Display technology, Macros and Hot Keys, which
enable users to customise the remote control and quickly access
their favourite functions.
UEI added that the agreement with Sky Italia was an extension of
the company's ongoing relationship with Murdoch's News Corporation
and BSkyB. The California based UEI develops software, firmware
and turnkey solutions designed to enable consumers to wirelessly
connect, control and interact with an increasingly complex home
environment. The company's primary markets include original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) in consumer electronics and personal computing,
as well as multiple system operators in the cable and satellite
subscription broadcasting markets.