BBC iPlayer joins Sky+

October 30, 2012 09.29 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

BBC iPlayer has been launched on Sky+. As a result, up to 6.7 million homes with a Sky+HD box and broadband connection will from today (October 30) be able to enjoy the BBC’s VOD service, which has been integrated into Sky’s existing EPG and on demand menus.

BBC iPlayer is now available alongside catch-up from Sky, ITV, and Channel 5, with Channel 4’s 4oD due to be added early next year, completing the line-up of FTA terrestrial catch-up TV services on Sky+.

BBC iPlayer saw nearly 200 million requests for programmes last month alone and is now available on over 650 platforms and devices.

Commenting on its addition to Sky+, Luke Bradley-Jones, director of 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 Progarmmes and On-Demand, added: “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.”