Sky+ updates search capability

Editor | 05-06-2013

As discovery and flexibility rapidly become the next key battlegrounds for content providers, BSkyB has updated its Sky+ app for enhanced search capability.

Beginning a phased rollout on Android devices, the app now features on-demand listings and a refreshed design. Customers can discover TV shows by cast names, actors and key words, complementing the existing service which searches content by programme title. The enhanced service generates auto-suggestions based on letters being typed and the current popular TV search terms.
Sky adds that the intelligent search will develop and evolve as more and more customers run searches via the app. It will also suggest words that the customers might be searching for, with results updating as more characters are added to the search box.
On-demand listings have also been added to the Sky+ app on Android, allowing customers to browse Catch Up, TV Box Sets, Sky Movies and Sky Store. When the Sky+ app is connected to a Sky+HD box via Wi-Fi customers will also be able to download the show they want to watch to their Sky+HD box with just a few screen taps.
"The Sky+ app continues to prove hugely popular, with millions of Sky customers embracing the convenience of being able to set recordings of their favourite shows and use their phone or tablet as a remote control,” commented Luke Bradley-Jones, brand director, TV products. “We’re now taking the Sky+ experience even further, with enhanced search letting customers find shows in a more intuitive and faster way. And as more customers use search, the richer the technology that powers the search suggestions will become."