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    BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

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      BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      30th October 2012 - BBC iPlayer, the BBC’s video on demand service, has today launched on Sky+, bringing the best of the BBC’s TV programmes directly to the living room. Up to 6.7 million homes with a Sky+HD box and broadband connection will be able to enjoy the best of the BBC on demand in a familiar, easy to use BBC iPlayer experience that helps audiences catch up on programmes they have missed.

      Audiences can access BBC iPlayer directly from Sky’s on demand programme guide, and choose from many of the BBC’s most popular shows, including Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders. BBC iPlayer is available alongside catch-up TV from Sky, ITV, Channel 5, with Channel 4’s 4oD due to be added early next year, completing the line-up of free-to-air terrestrial catch-up TV services on Sky+. Sky On Demand also offers on demand access to shows from a number of other leading channels including UKTV, MTV and Discovery, in addition to movies on demand and drama ‘box-sets’ such as Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and Stella.

      BBC iPlayer has been integrated into Sky’s existing electronic programme guide and on demand menus. It contains a number of features that make it even easier for Sky customers to find the BBC programmes they want, with content separated into a series of simple categories. Viewers are able to browse through content by channel, day and genre, and can gain easy access to BBC shows in high-definition. Regional and signed programmes are also available through dedicated categories. Once a customer has made their choice, the programme is downloaded directly to their Sky+ planner for them to watch at a time that suits them.

      This landmark deal between the BBC and Sky builds on a substantial history of industry partnerships for BBC iPlayer, which is now available on over 650 platforms and devices.

      In September 2012 alone, BBC iPlayer saw nearly 200 million requests for programmes, including 2.2 million for Doctor Who, 1 million for Citizen Khan and hundreds of thousands for favourites such as Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Bad Education. By launching on Sky+, BBC iPlayer is now available on every major UK television platform, at no extra charge, and brings the service to up to 6.7 million Sky homes.

      Luke Bradley-Jones, Director of TV Products, Sky said “We’re delighted to have partnered with the BBC to bring the best of the BBC on demand to Sky customers. Providing customers with the flexibility to enjoy their favourite TV on demand, our comprehensive catch-up TV service perfectly complements the genius of Sky+, which already helps millions of our customers take charge of their viewing. We continue to put Sky customers in control, with the addition of BBC iPlayer to Sky+ sitting alongside a range of innovations including remote record, series link and now even being able to use your iPad as a remote control.”

      Daniel Danker, General Manager, BBC Programmes and On-Demand, said “BBC iPlayer has had a record-breaking year, with 2 billion requests for programmes in 2011, and nearly 200 million requests in September 2012 alone. Available on over 650 platforms and devices across PC, mobile, tablet and internet-connected TVs, we are delighted that iPlayer is now also available to millions of Sky+ homes. 20% of all iPlayer use is already on the living room TV. By partnering with Sky, BBC iPlayer is available on all major UK TV platforms at no extra charge, making sure our audiences can access the best of the BBC’s content at home and on the go, whenever and wherever they choose.”

      To enjoy Catch Up, Sky customers simply need to activate their On Demand service and connect their Sky+HD box to their broadband router: http://www.sky.com/shop/tv/on-demand/


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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      A very good implementation of it it is too. Thumbs up from me. Would expect a few tweaks along the way, but they've pretty much hit the nail on the head from the outset. Good job from all the beta-testers!

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      Is access to this restricted to those on the new EPG can anybody tell me?

      I have a Samsung box, which is still on the old EPG at the moment. ie. I don't have an "On Demand" tab, it still shows as "Anytime". I've tried raking about in the "Anytime" menus, but can't see iPlayer anywhere.

      Am I missing something terribly obvious?

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      Sadly you will need to wait for the new style EPG in order to see any of the Catch Up TV content. The Anytime+ tab will also be renamed at the same time.

      I was under the impression that the Samsung version had started to be rolled out, but it appears to have stalled.

      I would hope that it will be rolled out over the next two to four weeks, but I am guessing. Of course the Beta group will know more but even then we weren't always informed when the latest version would be rolled out to the public for the Amstrad DRX890/895 group.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      Thanks Scubbie, I suspected that was going to be the answer.

      According to this it may be a few weeks yet before Samsung boxes get the update:

      "If you have a version beginning with 9730, then you have a Samsung. Subject to final testing, you will receive the new Sky Guide by the end of November."

      Rather disappointing to be honest that the newer customers/boxes take priority over us longer standing customers. If they couldn't roll it out to everybody simultaneously, then they should have waited until the EPG updates were all complete IMO. I suspect Sky CS may have a dose of confused folk on the phone with this over the next few weeks.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      I know the feeling. It is a similar issue with Sky Go and Sky+ apps.

      The iPad always gets them first, leaving those of us with an Android phone at the bottom of the pile.

      At least in this case I guess that you can argue that the majority of people have a DRX890 or DRX895, even if they make up typically the newest group of Sky customers.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      Well, they should be offering us owners of older boxes an easier/cheaper upgrade path to the newer DRX890/DRX895 boxes then, instead of trying to rip us off for our loyalty, lol!

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      Remember that you do own the STB.

      There are many which are available in the shops and on-line. I have been hinting for months for people to upgrade their white Sky+ or Sky STBs to one of the newer Sky+ HD or SkyHD STBs.

      Prices I have heard vary from ~£20 up to ~£50.

      The new Sky+ HD 2TB model is available to some people for as little as £49. Annoyingly some are being asked to pay £149, but it does depend on what package you currently have or have had and in some cases if you are prepared to sign up to the HD pack.

      There are strings attached. You'll have to commit to another 12 months of having Sky TV if you purchase the 2TB STB.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      I did log into my account to see what one of the 2TB boxes would cost, but it was just getting silly. It was going to be £49 for the box, £60 for the setup fee, then they wanted me to also sign up to a Multiroom subscription at £10.25 p/m. I've absolutely no use for a Multiroom subscription, so why on earth would I want to sign up to that? I'd happily have signed up for another 12 months if they had offered the box for £49, but I'm not paying through the nose just to get one.

      Probably partly my own fault perhaps though. I've been with Sky for a few years now, but only recently signed up for broadband & telephone with them. I should have tried to negotiate a new 2TB box out of them when I was on the phone then.

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      Re: BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+

      No problem.

      Do take a look on eBay though. I've seen 2nd hand STBs available a few shops, including Ca$h Converters as well.

      If you get one from somewhere like Ca$h Converters and it doesn't work, you can always take it back.

      It is very simple to set up a box and swap over the connections. You may find that the nuts holding the satellite feeds are a little tight, other than that, the rest of the cables are easy enough to sort out.

      Once done it is a simple case of phoning Sky and asking for them to pair your viewing card with the STB you have just set up. Unless there is an account issue with the previous owner, it normally takes just a few minutes.

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