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Universal Electronics Inc (UEI) is to introduce a new remote control for Apple TV that’s been specifically developed and designed to meet the needs of cable, satellite, IPTV platforms.

It’s been designed to enhance the live TV experience with Apple TV 4K available through MVPDs, including instant EPG access and channel buttons.

“We’re excited that customers worldwide will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,” said Paul Arling, CEO, Universal Electronics Inc. “This remote offers convenient features to quickly access the EPG or channel surf live programming available through the MVPD’s app on Apple TV 4K.”

The new remote combines Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity together with Infrared to provide universal control.

With operators such as Proximus, Vodafone and Eir offering their customers an Apple TV box as part of their TV package, Universal wants to enhance the experience.

The remote integrates with UE878, UEI’s reliable and highly integrated BLE chipset optimized for voice control, and Apple’s MFi authentication chip for secure connectivity with Apple TV. Accelerometer and ambient light sensor to automatically backlight keys in low light environments when the remote is picked up or moved.

There’s also space for operator branding.

Orders can be placed from December.

Source: broadbandtvnews.com

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