Video-on-demand is the future with research suggesting that nine out of ten people watched some catch-up service over the recent festive period.
Since it launched in October 201, Sky Anytime+ has so far had been limited to Sky customers who also subscribed to the company’s broadband product but Sky has announced that this restriction will be removed by Easter 2012, allowing you to access the service no matter which broadband service you are using.
Sky Anytime+ offers a range of programmes from Sky’s own channels as well as partner channels like MTV, Discovery, FX, History, Disney, UK TV and National Geographic Channel. Access to some of the content, such as movies on demand, is restricted and dependent on the Sky TV package you subscribe to.
As well as easing the restrictions on how you access the service, Sky has announced it will be adding content from ITV Player, from tomorrow, and BBC iPlayer, by Christmas. This will give Sky customers access to the previous seven days of programmes from BBC and ITV.
Currently Virgin Media customers using the new TiVo box can also access this content, as well as content from 4oD and 5 On Demand, though the rest of the on-demand programming is not as extensive as Sky’s offering.
Sky said in its press release: "A core BBC value is to reach all audiences on a universal basis, so Sky's plan to make Anytime available to customers regardless of their Internet provider is an important development in helping to bring BBC iPlayer to around 5 million new homes in 2012 – at no extra charge."