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Monday, January 30, 2012

Sky Anytime+ to offer BBC iPlayer and ITV Player

The BBC iPlayer and ITV Player TV catchup services are to be available to BSkyB subscribers for the first time via the Sky Anytime+ video-on-demand offering.

The catch-up TV services operated by the BBC and ITV will launch this year in Sky Anytime+, the video on-demand platform launched by Sky in 2011, which delivers content over an internet connection in Sky+ boxes rather than over satellite.

ITV shows such as Prime Suspect, Lewis and Cold Feet will be offered on Sky Anytime+ from tomorrow, Tuesday, 31 January, accessible through the main Sky Anytime+ menu, as well as a new dedicated ITV Player section.

The full ITV Player seven-day catchup service allowing access to the latest episodes of shows such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale will follow later in the year.

The BBC iPlayer will also be added to Sky Anytime+ later this year, giving Sky Anytime+ users access to the latest instalments of EastEnders. BBC archive content is already available on the VOD service via Sky's existing deal with UKTV.

Sky has been able to offer on-demand access to some BBC shows through its partnership with UKTV, the pay-TV joint venture between BBC Worldwide and US firm Scrips Networks interactive.

However, the broadcaster was unable to offer the full BBC iPlayer service due to a lack of agreement with the corporation over the process of syndication of on-demand content.

Sky is also extending the reach of Sky Anytime+ by making it available to all Sky+ HD homes with a broadband connection, across all internet service providers.

As a result more than 5 million Sky homes will soon be able to access the VoD service. Sky Anytime+ is currently available to 1.2 million Sky Broadband customers.

Notes for Spain:

Sky Anytime+ is only available on Sky+HD digiboxes.
Sky Anytime+ is not available for users using a Spanish IP internet address.
Sky Anytime+ is only available using a UK IP internet address.

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