Sky News launches own catch up TV service
May 8, 2014 11.27 Europe/London By Julian Clover
Sky News Catch upSky News has launched its own catch-up TV service. It forms part of Sky’s On Demand offering that is now available to 5 million Sky customers with a connected Sky+HD set-top box.
The service is designed to allow viewers to choose the stories they want to view at a time of their choosing. It will also offer special programming such as Week in Review, a quick fire irreverent look back on the week’s news, chaired by Jayne Secker and featuring Sky News’ paper review favourites Andrew Pierce and Kevin Maguire.
The recently launched Friday night programme Entertainment Week hosted by Sky News’ Entertainment Correspondent, Lucy Cotter, will headline a Catch Up category dedicated to Showbiz.
There will also be a special section focusing on the world of technology featuring the work of new technology correspondent, Tom Cheshire, as well as the weekly tech show, Swipe.
John Ryley, head of Sky News, commented: “Sky News is committed to developing the ways in which customers can watch its content. Sky News on Catch Up TV offers Sky customers the chance to curate the news how they want it at a time when we are producing an increasing amount of high quality features”.
In many ways the new service is a up to date rendering of the once popular news multiscreens, repurposing content and taking advantage of the latest technology developments.
The BBC already has a BBC News app, found on Virgin Media, Roku and some smart TVs.