Sky Player has launched on IP Vision’s FetchTV Freeview+ Box. According to IP Vision, it is the UK’s first Freeview set-top box to allow customers access to Sky’s pay TV content.
The box can be connected to any broadband service to allow specific web content to be watched on the TV.
Sky Player currently allows viewers to watch a number of live channels and access a range of on-demand shows via their computer or XBox 360.
The service will also be accessible to FetchTV’s registered users through the FetchTV SmartBox, offering programmes from channels including Sky Sports, Sky1, Sky Arts, G.O.L.D., History, MTV and Disney. Live and on-demand content from Sky Movies will be added to the service shortly, offering access to up to 500 titles at any one time.
Existing Sky TV customers will be able to access content for no extra cost, depending on their core Sky subscriptions, whilst non-Sky customers will be able to sign up to a choice of TV packages via a monthly subscription.
Eddie Abrams CEO of FetchTV said: “This deal is a landmark in the pay TV world. Freeview customers who have one of our FetchTV SmartBoxes can now access and watch Sky’s pay TV content on their TV over the open internet. This launch gives consumers a real choice of how they can access fantastic sports, movies and entertainment content on their TV screen.”
Griff Parry, Sky’s Director of On-Demand, said: “We’re delighted to have launched Sky Player on FetchTV. In giving our customers as much choice as possible on how they access the content they love, Sky continues to build on its commitment to embrace a wide variety of new platforms and devices.”
Sky Player will be made available to current FetchTV box owners today via a firmware update.
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