Sky Anytime+ will launch later this year and finally bring a true VOD service to Sky+ HD customers who’ve previously had to make do with Sky Anytime shovelling its choice of programmes onto their PVR over night. Looks like Virgin Media has suddenly got a serious on demand TV rival…

Sky Anytime+ VOD will make use of the unused ethernet port lurking at the back of your Sky+ HD box and allow you to choose and download shows to the hard drive when you want them. Sky has confirmed that all current Sky+ HD boxes are ready for the Sky Anytime+ on demand TV service.

Virgin Media already has a massive VOD TV service operating through its cable network. Up until now Sky has not been able to deliver true on demand TV to its satellite customers. With Sky Anytime+, it’ll no longer have to take up space on the Sky+ HD box hard drive with shows that you might not actually want to watch.

Sky’s also rapidly bringing its channels to other hardware with Sky Player integration included in set top boxes from firms like 3View and Humax and on Xbox 360.

Will Sky Anytime+ change the way you use your Sky+ HD box? And if you’re not a Sky subscriber is the arrival of a real on demand TV service enough to lure you in?

Due TBC | £varies | Sky

  • Stuart

    But of course Sky transmissions are essentially one way, and downloading shows isn’t really VOD. Virgin does it well with the bandwidth available over the cable network, streaming programs from BBC, ITV, etc.

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