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    Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Boxes

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      Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Boxes

      Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service, is to launch on a range of new internet connected TVs and set-top boxes following agreements with Cello, a manufacturer of LCD TVs, and 3View, a provider of hybrid DTT (digital terrestrial television) and IPTV set-top boxes.

      Sky Player offers Sky customers the opportunity to access a wide range of live TV channels as well as the UK’s most comprehensive video-on-demand service, with content spanning a range of leading broadcasters.

      Cello is a leading provider of LCD TVs and launched the iViewer in 2009, the UK’s first internet connected TV that enabled consumers to access internet-based media directly – without the need for a set-top box, games console or computer.

      3View offers leading edge personal video recorders (PVRs) which also combine access to internet video services with DTT broadcasts.

      Both companies offer their products through major consumer electronics retailers and Sky Player will be available as a pay TV option on both platforms.

      These latest additions to Sky Player’s distribution footprint means that customers now have wide range of different access points for the service. As with access to Sky Player via PC, Mac, Windows Media Center, XBox 360 and Fetch TV, existing Sky TV customers will be able to access Sky Player content on a bonus basis based on their core Sky DTH and product subscriptions, whilst non-Sky customers will be able to sign up to a choice of TV packages via monthly subscription.

      Griff Parry, Sky’s director of on-demand, comments: “The coming together of ground-breaking video services like Sky Player with innovative platforms like Cello and 3View demonstrates the vibrancy of the evolving internet video-on-demand sector. We will continue to look at opportunities to distribute Sky Player across new platforms, to give consumers even more choice and control over how they access high-quality pay TV content.”

      John Donovan, Managing Director of 3view said, “3view combines the latest free TV with fantastic internet content, so the deal with Sky Player is a perfect fit for us. Sky is using the power of the Internet to deliver quality content in an intelligent and consumer friendly way. By offering Sky Player on 3view’s simple to use, broadband connected set-top box, we are giving Sky access to a whole new market. Not only this, but it provides 3view users with access to a great range of movies, sport and other Sky programmes.”

      For more information on Sky Player TV, visit Watch TV Online | Sky Player


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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      Also to launch on Fetch TV's SmartBoxes:

      First Look: Sky Player On Fetch TV Boxes | paidContent:UK
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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      It is quite amazing that Sky Player is being or is going to be launched all over the place and yet it isn't on our Sky boxes, I know that we are having the new service over broadband later in the year but not everybody is going to be able to use it otherwise they will go over their limits. This is where Virgin are streets ahead with their on demand programming on the box and Sky's current service is pretty pathetic.

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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      I think they are getting agreements put in place before the iPlayer does.

      I think we'll see a big showdown between those 2 services before too long, although I am a bit miffed as I don't have Virgin, PS3 or Wii and so don't have access to the iPlayer on my TV.
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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      i wouldn't bothered to use it, it all about money profits to sky again. fed up of greedy sky try to bring everything all over the places to get new customers in.

      i shall never join sky ever again, fed up of repeating all times, waste money down the drain. i rather to have 1 pack only is sky sports HD pack around 15 a month !

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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      Quote Originally Posted by Undecided Adrian View Post
      although I am a bit miffed as I don't have Virgin, PS3 or Wii and so don't have access to the iPlayer on my TV.
      Me neither but my brother is on Virgin and there on demand stuff is superb and is one area where Sky are so far behind and don't show any signs of catching up.

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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      Quote Originally Posted by Alan b View Post
      It is quite amazing that Sky Player is being or is going to be launched all over the place and yet it isn't on our Sky boxes, I know that we are having the new service over broadband later in the year but not everybody is going to be able to use it otherwise they will go over their limits[. This is where Virgin are streets ahead with their on demand programming on the box and Sky's current service is pretty pathetic.
      I think - from what I've read\seen, it's all deliverd over broadband; Fetch TV needs a broadband connection as does anything currently using the iPlayer (Cello iVeiwer).

      I'm not sure, but I think the freesat\freeview iplayer boxes also need broadband? Surely the aeriel signal doesn't stream iPlayer stuff.

      And Virgin? Well, their boxes have cable modems built in to 'em (regardless of whether you have a separate modem as well for 'computer use') so it technically uses *broadband* for that - it just avoids your allowance It's an excellent system though; shame Sky don't have a similar cable-type network.

      So this means that no matter what you do, broadband limits will be bust left right and centre. I can assume that if you have *any* Sky package, stuff that you use on a 'over broadband' service won't count. At least, I'd hope that'd be the case!
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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      Quote Originally Posted by reech View Post
      I can assume that if you have *any* Sky package, stuff that you use on a 'over broadband' service won't count. At least, I'd hope that'd be the case!
      I am on a 10GB limit per month with my broadband and if I was to start using this on a regular basis then it will not be to long before I go way over the limit and get automatically upgraded to their max service (which is not what I want). Even people of the top tier are going to use a fair bit with this so at the moment I can't see how it is going to work with regards to these limits.

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      Re: Sky Player to Launch on Internet Connected TVs & Further Freeview IPTV Set-Top Bo

      That's what I mean - BT exclude Vision IP TV traffic from their allowances, so I'd expect that any equivalent Sky package does the same. It would be silly of them not to, because people just won't use it if it busts their package. So to speak.
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