BBC iPlayer has today launched on Sky+, allowing the satellite broadcaster’s customers the chance to enjoy the corporation’s familiar on-line catch-up TV service via their televisions.
Subscribers with Sky HD boxes can now access iPlayer directly from the on-demand programme guide and catch up with many of the BBC’s most popular shows, including Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders.
Viewers will also be able to watch iPlayer shows in high definition, and will have access to regional and signed programmes through dedicated categories on the Sky+ iPlayer interface.
Sky’s customers will be able to access exactly the same selection of programmes as viewers watching iPlayer on other TV platforms, such as Virgin Media,with a full seven-day catch-up available.
Once a programme has been selected on iPlayer, it is downloaded to the Sky+ planner and can be watched at a time of their choosing within the seven-day window.
iPlayer is the latest catch-up service from terrestrial broadcasters to launch on Sky, joining ITV Player and Channel 5’s Demand 5.
The new deal with Sky means that BBC iPlayer is now available on over 650 different platforms and devices.
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s Director of TV Products, said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with the BBC to bring the best of the BBC on demand to Sky customers.
“Providing customers with the flexibility to enjoy their favourite TV on demand, our comprehensive catch-up TV service perfectly complements the genius of Sky+, which already helps millions of our customers take charge of their viewing.”
Daniel Danker, General Manager of BBC Programmes and On-Demand, said: “We are delighted that iPlayer is now also available to millions of Sky+ homes. 20% of all iPlayer use is already on the living room TV.
“By partnering with Sky, BBC iPlayer is available on all major UK TV platforms at no extra charge, making sure our audiences can access the best of the BBC’s content at home and on the go, whenever and wherever they choose.”