Tata Sky Mobile Access – Hands on Review with Screen Shots

 

Tata Sky recently introduced the mobile access device together with IR (infra red) device which can convert your mobile device into remote. The device is orb-shaped MP3 mobile accessory that injects into audio output of mobile and can turn mobile into remote that can control Tata Sky set-top box, TV, amplifier and DVD players. I’m testing the device and app since last few weeks and wants to submit my review.

Settings of Tata Sky Mobile Access App

How Tata Sky Mobile Access Work

As described in the intro, Tata Sky mobile access setup needs IR device and mobile app to convert your mobile into full fledged entertainment remote. You might be thing how actually this setup work and why we need an app and external device both? Yes, the Tata Sky Mobile access app packaged with specific frequency settings of audio tones which converted into the range of 35-40KHz signals  (based on RC-6/ RC-5 protocol) required for controlling devices (setup box, TV, Amplifier). If you are more interested into electronics and signals then you may further research into IR Remote Control Theory or Remote control entry on Wikipedia.

What is the Price of Tata Sky Mobile Access Device?

The IR device is very cheap and it can be  purchased for Rs 350 including shippingand handling.

What you can do with Tata Sky Mobile Access Device?

Social Watching Sign into Facebook and Twitter, through the application. You will now be able to share what you are watching, and see what others are watching.


Remote Recording – Sign in with your Tata Sky Subscriber ID to record shows on-the-go, through the app. This is applicable only for Tata Sky+/Tata Sky+ HD subscribers.

Control your TV – 

    • Attach the MP3 mobile accessory to the audio jack (headphones socket) of your device
    • The select your TV type

  • Go to Type01 and press ‘Power’ to check if you can switch your TV on and off
  • If you are able to successfully power on/off your TV, press ‘Volume’ to check if you can increase your TV volume

Control your DVD – 

  • Attach the MP3 mobile accessory to the audio jack (headphones socket) of your device
  • Select the DVD / amplifier that you wish to control with the app
  • Go to Type01 and press ‘Test’ to check if you can switch your DVD on and off
  • If successful, press select. Else, try the next type
    You may also choose the “automatic scan” option at the top of the DVD list page. Follow the instructions and let the app automatically recognize the correct DVD Type.

Control your Amplifier –

  • If you wish to control volume through an amplifier, select Amplifier from settings and set the “Use Amplifier” status to “ON”
  • Select the amplifier that you wish to control with the app
  • Go to Type01 and press ‘Test’ to check if you can switch your amplifier on and off
  • If successful, press select. Else, try the next type.

Manage Rooms – A single application allows you to control TVs and Set top boxes in multiple rooms.

My 3 Pointer View

1. I’m waiting for Android app of the Tata Sky Mobile Access to test it on wider range of devices and tablets!
2. The social features of app reminds me of Meso (social platforms for folks watching TV and different movies/shows).
3. As far as pricing is concern 350 Bucks is not a big deal to try the device, well, if you still don’t want to buy the device then the programme guide via app is really fabulous 🙂

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Honey Singh

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    is there any no. or so where i can probably call or something..

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