Sky+HD / SkyQ UK

MSRP: $60.00
Chowmain LTD
Version: 20221212
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Sky is a British satellite broadcast service provider.  Chowmain has developed an IP based driver that provides control over UK based Sky set top boxes.  This IP driver eliminates the need to attach infra red emitters to the set top box and is compatible with the Sky+ HD, Sky Q and Sky Q mini boxes.  On top of IP control the driver also provides automatic channel media list updates for Control4.  This ensures that the channel listing on Control4's user interface is always upto date with the latest channels for that particular region.  As an alternative we have also provided the Chowmain Sky Channels driver which provides HD artwork and now playing data for every channel! This makes channel surfing with Control4 that much easier.


  • Works with
    • Sky+ HD
    • Sky Q
    • Sky Q Silver
    • Sky Q Mini
  • 3-10 times faster than IR control
  • No more IR buds
  • Automatic Channel list update
    • Always have upto date channels on your Control4 navigator.  Never be effected by channel number changes or when Sky adds or removes a channel again.
    • Select your region and have all the Sky channels automatically import periodically for your area.
    • Select your period
      • Hourly
      • Daily
      • Weekly
      • Fortnightly
      • Monthly
    • Can also manually update via programming action (tie it to a custom button or experience button).
  • Want something better than the Control4 channels driver? Chowmain RF_Sky cloud alternative provides
    • High resolution artwork
    • Grid view & list view options
    • Now playing information for all channels
    • Now playing title, synopsis and a snapshot preview
    • Updated channel data every 5 minutes
    • No importing into Control4 means its FASTER
    • Gets subscription channels only!


Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver?

  • No more IR buds means no more IR bleeding and accidentally bud knocks.
  • Speed up control over your customer's sky set top box.
  • Your customer's sky media list will always be upto date with all the channels for their particular region.
  • The Chowmain RF_SKY cloud will provide HD artwork and also updated meta data for what is currently playing on each channel thus making channel surfing even easier with Control4.

What hardware will this work on? 

This will work on any Control4 controller running OS 2.6 or later and with the following sky boxes.

  • Sky+ HD
  • Sky Q
  • Sky Q Silver
  • Sky Q Mini

Do you offer showroom discounts?
We offer dealers a free showroom licence for demonstration and educational purposes.  See link below for T&C's and signup procedure.

Chowmain Dealer Showroom FAQ

I want to try this driver out before buying it?
All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 90 day trial.  Just add the driverCentral licencing driver and this driver and you're good to go.  No registration required.

Do you offer other drivers?

We have hundreds of drivers.  Many of which are manufacturer sponsored and free.  Please visit our website to view all available drivers including FREE drivers.

Version #20221212 - 12-DEC-2022
  • Upgrade to new Diagnostics system with Submit Diagnostics, and automatic troubleshooting

Version #20220824 – 24-AUG-2022

  • Improved timer handling based on reports of timer leaks for OS 2.10.x.

Version #20220727 – 27-JUL-2022

  • Fixed issue where a single channel returned nil value for channel name causing channel imports to stop.

Version #20210128 – 28-JAN-2021

  • Fixed issue caused by remotes with bad wifi / zigbee failing to send STOP_LEFT/RIGHT/UP/DOWN/ETC commands

Version #20201023 – 23-OCT-2020

  • Code optimisation
  • Updated driverCentral licencing.

Version #20201005 – 05-OCT-2020

  • Fixed issue with broken guide data.

Version #20200822 – 22-AUG-2020

  • Reverted to Pause as the default.

Version #20200821 – 20-AUG-2020

  • Fixed issue that broke the Sky Channels driver (Genre endpoint not working anymore). Had to revert to hard coded genres.

Version #20200329 – 29-MAR-2020

  • Implemented property to choose between Pause command (Sky+ HD only) or Play / Pause (SkyQ). Play / Pause is the default.
Version #20200311 – 11-MAR-2020
  • Fixed on event firing multiple times when called from a distributed video solution.
  • Improvements for Neeo remote (won't auto select leaf node due to addition of new list_no_autoselect capability).
Version #20191203 – 03-DEC-2019
  • Added ability to delay the power on macro. This is to resolve issues with sync/hdcp/edid issues
  • Added TVGUIDE option for menu button mapping. Note this only works on Sky+ HD. For SkyQ please use the HOME mapping.
Version #20190704 – 04-JUL-2019
  • Fixed icon resolution on onscreen navigator.

Version #20190617 – 17-JUN-2019

  • Re-added command to play specific channel in room (this was removed in the 3.0.0 version of the driver).
  • Added in PROGRAM_A, PROGRAM_B, PROGRAM_C, PROGRAM_D and a few other commands in the programming commands section.

Version #20190531 – 31-MAY-2019

  • Fixed Sky Channels Genres.
  • Removed Info and added it so that when channels are selected it automatically brings up the info.

Version #20190529 - 29-MAY-2019

  • Update to support OS 3.0 favoriting for Sky Channels driver

Version #20180628 - 28-JUN-2018

  • Fix for channels not playing when programmed via programming tab. This issue was introduced in version #20180612.

Version #20180613 – 13-JUN-2018

  • Fix for channels not selecting right channel (pushed update out to effected systems)

Version #20180613 – 13-JUN-2018

  • Added optional now playing synopsis page with now playing image, show title, ratings, duration and more. This is enabled by default but can be disabled in the driver's properties page.

Version #20180612 – 12-JUN-2018

  • Added optional now playing synopsis page with now playing image, show title, ratings, duration and more. This is enabled by default but can be disabled in the driver's properties page.

Version #20180521 – 21-MAY-2018

  • Updated Sky Channels to new online endpoint. This should resolve limited channels returned for regions.
  • Genres are now dynamically generated rather than hard coded. Means channels numbers will fit in dynamically to their respected genres nicer.

Version #20180409 – 09-APR-2018

  • Modified so that if Sky Q Box is entered it will use the channel numbers available from the Sky Q Box and will obtain the meta data online based on the channels returned from the box.
  • If Sky Q box offline it will revert to using the online endpoint. Note online endpoint does not have the full range of available channels.

Version #20180404 – 04-APR-2018

  • Updated Sky Channels to new online endpoint.

Version #20180308 - 08-MAR-2018

  • Changed default SkyQ port number to reflect latest firmware port rather than having to poll firmware version first (makes first setup quicker).

Version #20180303 - 03-MAR-2018

  • Minor update to resolve power on issue on director bootup
  • Resolved Pause command not executing Pause event.

Version #20180103 - 03-JAN-2018

  • Sky Channels driver can now get channel subscriptions from Sky Q Boxes to ensure that only the subscribed channels are displayed

Version #20171204 – 04-DEC-2017

  • Made further improvements to detection of firmware version.  This will resolve issues where the driver thinks it should revert back to the older communications on packet loss.

Version #20171202 – 02-DEC-2017

  • Updated to resolve communications issues introduced in Sky Q firmware Q060.000.28.00L

Version #20170921 – 21-SEP-2017

  • Fixed issue caused by driverCentral tonumbering code for Sky Channels.

Version #20170901 – 01-SEP-2017

  • Made improvements to Connection Status Event capability.

Version #20170731 – 31-JUL-2017

  • Added Connection Status event, variable and property. The driver will attempt to connect every minute and if it fails 5 times in a row will fire the offline event.  Once it re-establishes the connection it will fire the online event.

Version #20170710 - 10-JUL-2017

  • Migrated to driverCentral.
  • Updated Sky Channels driver to use Sky's own image resizing rather than Googles.  Faster and higher quality images now.

Version #20170518 - 18-MAY-2017

  • Added previous button mappings.

Version #20170517 - 17-MAY-2017

  • Added ability to programmatically select channels in composer
  • Fixed issue effecting flash based navigators

Version #20170509 - 09-MAY-2017

  • Added User High Res Images option.  This is used to speed up image downloading for navigator first run and also resolve crashes on devices like iPad due to exceeding cache limitations.

Version #20170501 - 01-MAY-2017

  • Added Chowmain Sky Channels driver.
  • Added Sky Button as option for button mapping.

Version #20170320 - 20-MAR-2017

  • Fixed issue where driver would send on command in matrixed systems for SkyHD+

Version #20170316 - 16-MAR-2017

  • Fixed press and hold commands (up, down, left, right, page up, page down)

Version #20170315 - 15-MAR-2017

  • Fixed issue with guide button on Sky+ HD boxes

Version #20170314 - 14-MAR-2017

  • Intial Version Released