Peel originally launched as a hardware/software combo to bring smart remote features for your TV to the iPhone, but that was a few years ago, and the company has since focused more on building software, with a mobile app that provides social TV viewing features and personalized recommendations. The startup has been working with Android devices with built-in IR blasters to unite its social software and actual TV remote control, but the iPhone of course features no IR tech on board.
Today, however, the company is relaunching its smart remote app specifically for connected set-top box equipment available to DISH Network and DirectTV customers. The app can control these boxes via Wi-Fi connections, giving the iPhone software full control over DVR functions including channel changing, smart guide navigation, setting and playing back recordings and more.
Peel has had success on Android thus far, in part because of manufacturers’ willingness…
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