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Microsoft Brings Sky TV to Xbox 360


Microsoft Brings Sky TV to Xbox 360

The rumours were true! Microsoft and BSkyB have teamed up to see Sky content distributed on the Xbox 360. Which is, in a word, awesome!

The deal will see content both live and pay-per-view on the Sky Player, which is already available on the PC and Mac. A range of interactive services are promised, too. Sky Sports is given as an example, with news, fixtures and similar on-demand information available around broadcast content. Other Sky offerings will see similar treatment, too.

Content won't be available to download - which seems a massive oversight - but, rather, will be streamed on-demand. No word as to whether HD video will be available, but the streaming-only nature of Sky on Xbox suggests not, to me at least.

Pricing isn't being talked about yet and it's going to be interesting to see how Sky and Microsoft play things. Sky already offers the Sky Player free to satellite subscribers, or from £15 to £38 a month to new customers depending on the packages wanted. I'd hope prices in the Xbox would be cheaper but wouldn't count in it. It seems highly unlikely, at least, that existing Sky customers would be required to pay twice for the service.

Sky will make its debut on the Xbox 360 this Autumn so expect more details between now and then.




May 29, 2009, 5:43 pm

@Hugo: Content won't be available to download - which seems a massive oversight

Totally agree, not been able to download makes it a no no for me. People are used to been able to Record series etc and watch when there ready, and not pay an extra £10 per month for the privilege. Even if the download say only lasted a week it would be better than nothing. I tend to think SKY are a bit rip-off anyway, rather than trying to improve there service to keep or get new customer, they want to charge you more, eg. TimeShifting extra, HD extra. We want better services without the extra cost please.


May 29, 2009, 5:57 pm

No HD? What is the point of that? Where is the new digital age of HD for all...? if the BBC iplayer can be HD, one would have thought sky could too.


May 29, 2009, 6:01 pm

It seems a little half-baked to me. The Xbox has a hard drive for goodness' sake, why can't it juts function exactly like a Sky+HD box but using the 'net rather than satellites?


May 29, 2009, 6:02 pm

It's just a matter of time. Both downloads and HD require extra technology on top of what they already have in place, but they'll get there eventually.

This begs the question - with all the investment in Xbox, why isn't that ethernet port on the back of my Sky HD box being used? I want VoD without the Xbox please!

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