Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) has introduced its version of the infamous unpopular Apple TV remote control “specially designed and engineered” for cable, satellite and MVPD customers (multichannel video program distributor), the company announced.
The remote uses Bluetooth low power or infrared to connect to the box, has a microphone to speak commands to Siri, and its universal remote function allows control of TVs and audio devices from any brand or manufacturer. It has backlit keys that are activated via an ambient light sensor, a button to scroll through channels and a silent button according to the UEI.
“We are excited that customers around the world will soon be able to enjoy this new remote, designed specifically for the growing number of MVPDs offering Apple TV 4K to their subscribers,”
Universal is not the first company to introduce an Apple TV remote; last year, Swiss TV and internet provider Salt developed a remote control in collaboration with Apple, after the touchpad controls on the built-in remote control proved frustrating for users who used to have standard buttons. And Function introduced its Button Remote to Apple TV in July. The Salt model has been difficult to buy in the United States.
The UEI’s remote control will be available from next year, but consumers will not be able to purchase the remote control directly from Universal. The company plans to sell branded versions of the remote control directly through the cable companies.