TELUS launches Optik Smart Remote for iOS to better control your TV experience

TELUS, if you didn’t know, offers its Optik TV and PVR service out in western Canada. It’s also one of the more entertainment system and mobile-friendly offerings out there, partnering with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 to offer Kinect-based navigation and PVR storage.

Now TELUS has launched its Optik Smart Remote for iPhone and iPad to appreciably improve a user’s TV browsing and PVR experience. Like Bell’s PVR app, you can set PVR recordings while on the go as long as your phone is connected to the same account as your box at home. You can use the guide, and filter out unwanted content, as well as surf to the exact channel, using your phone or tablet, which is usually close at hand when watching television.

And then there’s the “app” integration, including information on shows and movies from IMDB, Wikipedia and related content on YouTube.

There are some requirements to use the app:

– Must subscribe to TELUS Optik TV and High Speed. 
– To access recording functionality, an Optik HD PVR is required. 
– iOS version 5.1.1 or later
– An Optik TV account is required to log onto this service. To create your username and password, go to the Main Menu on your digital box, select Settings, Optik TV account and follow the instructions.

If you subscribe to Optik TV’s PVR service, do yourself a favour and download Optik Smart Remote.

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