Sky launches 'easy' remote controlIt's aimed at older and disabled customers

14 August 2006

 

Sky remote control for digital satellite

Satellite broadcaster Sky has launched a remote control specifically designed for older people and partially sighted customers.

The Sky Plus remote control, called Easy Grip, has larger and bolder graphics and raised buttons to make it easier to choose the right one.

There is also increased colour contrast between buttons and the device's body. The control comes with different battery door options – either a textured easy-grip door or a hand strap option to assist customers with dexterity impediments.

The control is compatible with all Sky Plus and Sky boxes.

Market leader

Lesley Anne Alexander, Chief Executive at Royal National Institute for the Blind, said: ‘Sky has a solid tradition of being a market leader for making the television viewing experience accessible and enjoyable for all. Sky was the first broadcaster to transmit audio description so that blind and partially sighted viewers can enjoy television programmes, and now again Sky is the first to invest in making an inclusive remote control that is suitable for older and disabled people.’

Easy Grip costs £19.99 (+ £3.50 P&P). Existing customers can call Sky on 08705 66 33 33 or use Sky’s text phone number 08702 40 19 10.  Batteries and instructions are included.