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    Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

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      Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      • BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to join the service -
      • Sky Anytime+ available to more than 5 million homes at no extra cost by Easter 2012

      Sky has today announced a series of enhancements to its video on demand service, Sky Anytime+, which will expand the choice of programmes available for customers and make it available to millions of homes for the first time. The move follows strong growth for Sky Anytime+, which is already in more than a million Sky homes and has seen weekly usage increase by 80% in the three months to 31 December 2011.

      The enhancements form part of Sky’s commitment to bring more value to customers through their subscription. Sky Anytime+ comes at no extra charge and already provides access to a wide range of on-demand content including movies, entertainment, documentaries and drama ‘box sets’. In addition to programmes from Sky’s own channels, it offers access to content from partner channels such as MTV, Discovery, FX, History, Disney, UK TV and National Geographic Channel.

      To expand the range of high-quality content available on Sky Anytime+, Sky has reached new agreements with the BBC and ITV.

      This means that ITV archive content, including popular shows such as Prime Suspect, Lewis and Cold Feet, will join the service from tomorrow, accessible through the main Sky Anytime+ menu as well as a new dedicated ITV Player section. And later this year, customers will be able to use Sky Anytime+ to catch up on programmes from both the BBC and ITV when the BBC iPlayer joins the service and more programming is added to ITV Player.

      Archive BBC content - including the likes of Doctor Who, Outnumbered and Top Gear - is already available on Sky Anytime+ through Sky’s existing deal with UK TV.

      And to help even more customers enjoy the service, Sky is extending the reach of Sky Anytime+ by making it available to all Sky+HD homes with an internet connection, across all broadband providers. This means more than 5 million homes will soon be able to access the comprehensive video on demand service. The extension of the service builds on the 1.2 million Sky Broadband homes that already use the service.

      Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive, comments:

      “We want customers to get the best out of their Sky subscription and Anytime+ is a great way to give them more control and choice over how they enjoy TV. We already know how popular Sky+ is and how it puts customers back in charge of their TV viewing. Anytime+ builds on that control and it’s no wonder we’ve seen such strong demand for it.

      “Sky Anytime+ will go from strength to strength in 2012 and we are delighted that the addition of the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player will allow customers to also enjoy the best of terrestrial TV, whenever they want. We’re also delighted to be able to widen access to the service so that millions more Sky customers can enjoy the added flexibility it offers.”

      For more information: Sky Anytime+ - Enjoy Movies on Demand and VOD from Sky TV
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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      What the point of this if you don't subscription to any sky tv packages ? You must be at least one minimum tv package to view Sky Anytime+ feature with a minimum of 20 a month on Sky Entertainment.

      But, hold on Sky, my Sky+ HD box is belong to me, and Anytime + feature should never disabled for any free to air channels such as BBCi player / ITV player and yet again, Sky is conned and rip off. Glad I have Freesat box to access ITV Player and BBCi Player for free of charge, not 20 a month like Sky does!

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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      I have BBC iPlayer available on my TV & my Home Theatre, so I don't even require a Freesat STB.

      Sadly the ITV Player isn't available, but I can always connect my Laptop to the TV (or HT) and stream the content directly through that.

      Alternatively I could always get an Xbox or PS3 and use them to view any of the players.

      In summary: There are lots of existing ways to view the various Players. If you don't wish to subscribe to Sky, then it isn't an issue. For those who do subscribe to Sky, have a Sky+ HD or SkyHD STB and a broadband connection that isn't limited in bandwidth or works slowly, there are now some alternative methods to watch the television content that you might otherwise miss.

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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      Good news that they will bring the Anytime+ service to Sky customers who have a different broadband provider.

      Just need to figure out how much bandwidth will be consumed using the service... I am on BT Infinity they do have an Acceptable Use Policy on total download per month.

      Any ideas on typical Gb usage per month?

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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      40Gb per month

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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      Quote Originally Posted by intensivekerr View Post
      Any ideas on typical Gb usage per month?
      For reference, if you press the <i> button on your remote control whilst viewing the Anytime+ content, you will see how big/small the download is.

      You can do this before you download the content.

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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      I think this is good news.

      I think for Sky World customers the current Anytime+ service was only good for the movies. Aside from that the content was a bit thin.

      For me having moved from Virgin's service to Sky recently that is the thing missed most - the catchup on BBC content, ITV's to a lesser extent and CH4 too.
      Hopefully it won't be too long to wait.

      Next thing they need is some music content. Another service that was used a lot on Virgin and I understand BT Vision has this too. Surely they can do some sort of tie-up with all the music channels already on the packages.

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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      What the point of this if you don't subscription to any sky tv packages ?
      None whatsoever! Don't you understand that this is for Sky TV customers? Why should you have access to anything Sky provide if you do not subscribe?

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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      I actually think this is great news.

      I only connected my HD box to the router on Saturday, first time ever since September last year lol and it work's great.

      I always watch stuff on iPlayer anyway, and now I can do it on my TV


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      Re: Sky Anytime+ Goes from Strength to Strength with More Content and Increased Reach

      Quote Originally Posted by NewsreadeR View Post
      I actually think this is great news.

      I only connected my HD box to the router on Saturday, first time ever since September last year lol and it work's great.

      I always watch stuff on iPlayer anyway, and now I can do it on my TV
      Don't give up your current method of watching stuff on iPlayer just yet - the only timescale mentioned so far for availability of BBC iPlayer content via Anytime+ "later in 2012" !
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