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Sky Anytime+ Rolling Out from 26 October

Sky has announced that it has started to roll out its Anytime+ Video-on-Demand service to customers equipped with Sky+ HD boxes.

The service will start go live on Tuesday 26 October and enable users to access a wide library of content delivered over the Internet to their boxes – but it only works for those connected to Sky Broadband. There is no extra charge for the service and content will be available to view via the box before it has finished downloading

Sky said that over 600 films, entertainment shows and whole series of dramas would be available over the Anytime+. You’ll need to be signed up to the relevant package though to be able to view the content.

Sky already has a ‘push’ Anytime+ service, with content automatically made available on a reserved area of the hard disk in the Sky HD box, and more recent Sky+ boxes.

Sky said it now has over three million Sky HD customers and recently launched a dedicated 3D TV channel.

Kaurisol

October 22, 2010, 7:09 pm

Why (apart from perhaps cost) is it restricted to Sky Broadband customers?. Are they installing their own servers in the telephone exchange in order to provide the service?

Chris

October 22, 2010, 7:21 pm

Yay.





So can I just plug my Sky box into my LAN or does it need to be attached to the appropriately coloured port on my Sky Broadband router?





The latter would be annoying as I'd either have to run a new cable to the box or invest in Sky's wireless bridge...

Chris

October 22, 2010, 9:45 pm

@Kaurisol: Possibly because it will put a strain on other ISPs' resources, or perhaps it's something to do with the custom router Sky sends to its customers. Sky have already stated that they'll be widening the service to other ISPs in future.

Greg17b

October 23, 2010, 3:25 am

I'm a Sky subscriber, and I recently removed Sky broadband. It is dreadful. 4 router failures in 12 months, constant outages from Sky and not the line, and throttling down to 56k speeds - I kid you not.





Sky via TV - yes - overpriced but for the most part worth it.





Sky broadband - absolutely terrible. Imagine your electricity supply only working 20 hours out of every 24, and then 5 hours of that 20 run at a lower voltage than most of your appliances need.

Malderon

October 23, 2010, 6:34 pm

Just shows how much service can vary. Sky Broadband has been fantastic for me, very little outage and consistently fast speeds. Looking forward to this service very much, although I would like to know the answer tot he question about the reserved coloured port as well. Currently I have a cable running from a standard router port to a switch in the living room, for Xbox, Blu ray live services etc. I wouldnt want to run another cable just for this service.

Chris

October 23, 2010, 10:16 pm

@Greg: I get a constant, reliable 16Mbps real world downstream and I haven't had any router failures or outages in over a year. Maybe I'm just lucky, but it sounds like you're particularly unlucky there...

JonDavid

October 25, 2010, 2:16 pm

My downspeed is ok on Sky and reliable enough. My big concern is that if this service is very popular they are going to start capping and restricting other Internet traffic namely bittorrent downloads. I doubt they have that much spare capacity in the system.





It will also be very interesting to see if they have much/any BBC content tomorrow. I have seen conflicting reports on digital spy. I am a bit jealous of the Virgin vod content and although I don&#8217t need a full Iplayer, something would be good.

Chris

October 27, 2010, 11:38 pm

@Malderon: Turns out you can just plug the box into your LAN on any port. I'm still trying to figure out if there's even any advantage to using the green port...

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