Sky has released a limited series of Star Wars remotes to promote the arrival of George Lucas’ saga on Sky Movies.
The branded remote controls are available in 10 characters: Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, R2-D2, C-3PO, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.
The remotes are available to purchase from sky.com/accessories for £24.99 each. The unveiling of the new remotes arrives just as Sky plans to update its entire hardware range with the new Sky Q box arriving in early 2016. While the existing set top box will remain in circulation, customers wishing to upgrade to the premium model will also be given a new remote (with touchpad control), so their Star Wars controller would likely be incompatible.
Nonetheless, the arrival of the sci-fi franchise on Sky Movies is good news for customers.
“Customers can use their Star Wars branded remote control to find their favourite movie from the iconic collection to watch on demand or via the dedicated Star Wars channel,” says the broadcast.
Channel 304 will be turned into “Sky Movies Star Wars” from Friday 11th December, one week before the arrival of Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The channel will remain until 3rd January 2016. During this window, the Star Wars movie collection will be available to watch live as the channel broadcasts the films on a scheduled cycle, but also on demand and via Sky Go, so customers can enjoy them wherever and whenever.
Sky Movies will also host a live programme from the premiere of the new film.
NOW TV subscribers, though, can already stream the whole saga. The VOD service, which offers on-demand access to the whole of Sky Movies’ library, costs £9.99 a month without the ties of a full Sky contract. Even with NOW TV’s recently released festive set top boxes, though, customers will have to live without the branded Star Wars remote.
Planning to catch up with George Lucas’ saga before The Force Awakens? For range of buying and downloading options, see our guide “Where can I watch Star Wars online?”