Sky+ boosts catch-up with BBC iPlayer

Editor | 30-10-2012

Sky has strengthened its catch-up and video-on-demand (VOD) proposition with the launch of the BBC iPlayer for its Sky+ service.

Audiences will be able to access the BBC iPlayer directly from Sky’s on demand programme guide with content separated into a series of categories. Viewers will be able to browse through content by channel, day and genre, and can gain 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.

The BBC iPlayer—now running on over 650 platforms and devices across PC, mobile, tablet and internet-connected TVs—will be available alongside other catch-up TV services not only from Sky but also from ITV and Channel 5. Channel 4’s 4oD is due to be added early in 2013. 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.

“We’re delighted to have partnered with the BBC to bring the best of the BBC on demand to Sky customers,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s Director of TV Products. “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.”

Added Daniel Danker, General Manager, BBC Programmes and On-Demand: “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., 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.”