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      Sky Player to offer online access to pay TV

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      Some of the UK’s most popular pay TV channels are coming to the internet with the announcement today that Sky is to launch a subscription TV service via its online Sky Player platform.For the first time, customers in the UK and Ireland will be able subscribe to watch a package of channels from Sky on their PC or Mac without the need to install a TV-based service as well.

      The plans were announced in a speech by Mike Darcey, Sky’s Chief Operating Officer, at the Media Guardian Changing Broadcast conference in London today.

      Launching in the next few months, the new Sky Player service will offer access to some of Sky’s most popular channel brands as well as a selection of channels from other broadcasters. Some of the channels will be available from launch, with more being added to the service over time. An online electronic programme guide will make it easy for customers to choose what to watch and customers will also be able to access a wide range of on-demand content to enjoy whenever they want.

      Customers will be able to choose from a number of online subscription packages, while existing Sky TV customers will continue to enjoy access to Sky Player’s on-demand content in line with their core TV subscription.

      Commenting on the new service, Mike Darcey said:

      “We want to make it easy for customers to enjoy great TV on their terms. Sky Player already gives more flexibility to Sky TV customers and soon we will offer some of the most popular pay TV channels through a standalone subscription to a secure online platform. While the laptop won’t replace the TV experience for most people, we’re creating more choices to allow customers to choose the option that suits their lifestyle.”

      Sky Player currently offers access to thousands of hours of content from Sky channels – including Sky1, Sky Sports, Sky Arts, Sky Movies, Sky News and Sky Real Lives - and a range of third party channel providers, including the BBC, National Geographic, The History Channel and ESPN Classic.

      Full details on channel line-up, pricing and launch date will be available in due course.


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      Re: Sky Player to offer online access to pay TV

      15.99 a month for basic channels programmes

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      Re: Sky Player to offer online access to pay TV

      Quote Originally Posted by skypaulusplus View Post
      15.99 a month for basic channels programmes
      Is that a real price? I don't them making to much money from that.

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      possibly(guess) 15.99 non sky subs or 5 quid sky subs

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      Re: Sky Player to offer online access to pay TV

      Some more details there at that site below do with pricing. But really don't get how they can charge £34 pm for full package.When there no dish no decoder box and other services that will not be able to get?

      Only be able to steam as well would you be able to download content as well like normal sky veiwers with full package are able to?


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      Sky to offer web-only TV deals
      Thursday 04 December


      Catch all your favourite Sky channels online with the new Sky Player
      So the pesky council won’t let you put a satellite dish on the side of your house? Something to do with it being a listed building or something? Well, stick two fingers up a the pompous councillors because the good folk at Sky are streaming their broadcasts direct to your PC or Mac… at a price, of course.

      A basic package (or Base Entertainment Pack as Sky calls it) of the new Sky Player service will cost around £15 per month. For that, among other channels, you get to keep abreast of all the latest doom and gloom around the world on Sky News, all the latest doom and gloom of your chosen football team on Sky Sports News and Eurosport and, well, the Disney Channel.

      If you order it before January it’ll cost half price, but that’s still a lot considering that the majority of these channels you could pick up off a Freeview box. In fact only three can’t. If you want more channels, unsurprisingly, you’ll have to stump up even more cash – basically, if you’re some sort of sports hound and must have every Sky Sports channel, you’re looking at £34 a month. Still, you have to get your monthly quota of Andy Gray somehow…

      http://skyplayer.sky.com/aboutskypla...e-live-tv.html pricing and sky packs.
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      Re: Sky Player to offer online access to pay TV

      Sky Player doesn't work as supplied with Vista so lots of people won't even be able to use this even if they want to. Of course it could just be a ploy in Sky's continuing fight against Kangaroo and they are trying to establish a market price so they can make specific claims about how much the Beeb et al will make from the venture.

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      Kangaroo been turn down by offcom because of sky and virgin went agaist it.Also sky stating that it will work with Vista 32bit but looks like if you have 64bit then you could have problems.
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      Good heavens! It works on a Mac...
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      Re: Sky Player to offer online access to pay TV

      Great I will go and buy one then, as it won't work on my 64bit Vista.


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      Re: Sky Player to offer online access to pay TV

      Good heavens! Something that works on a Mac AND doesn't work on a Windows PC...


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