Channel 5’s on demand service Demand 5 will be available on Sky Anytime+ later this year.
It will join the existing channels on the service along with BBC iPlayer which also launches on Sky later in the year.
Anytime+ is the expanded service from Sky which requires your Sky box to be connected to a broadband connection for further content.
Sky Anytime+ is soon to be made available for non Sky Broadband customers for the first time.
Anytime+ will be available for all Sky TV customers by Easter.
It’s also been announced BBC iPlayer and ITV Player will launch on the Anytime+ on-demand service.
BBC iPlayer is mooted for a Sky launch within the year, and ITV Player will join Anytime+ tomorrow with archive programmes.
Regular catchup programmes for ITV Player will be added later this year.
Sky Anytime on-demand service is now available on Virgin Media cable TV for the first time.
The Sky Anytime catch up TV service is available for XL TV customers with content from Sky One, Sky Arts, Sky Living, Sky News, Sky Sports and Sky Movies content. Some content is available in HD.
There is no additional cost to use Sky Anytime.
UKTV will be launching three new HD channels on Sky in the coming months.
Watch HD and Dave HD are due to be launched in October this year and Alibi HD will be available some time next year.
The new HD channels will join UKTV’s existing high definition offerings Eden HD and Good Food HD on Sky.
In addition to the new HD channels, UKTV have also announced a selection of their programme catalogue will be made available on demand for the first time as part of Sky’s Anytime+ service (available to Sky broadband customers through their set top box).
On demand content will start appearing on Sky Anytime+ this September.
The official UKTV press release says:
“Initially launching with hundreds of hours of programming throughout the year cherry picked from across its network, UKTV’s VoD service which will be refreshed on a monthly basis and nine box sets will be made available to Sky Anytime+ viewers every year. UKTV’s service will offer crown jewels from the BBC archive, well regarded third party acquisitions and high-profile UKTV commissions, such as: Fawlty Towers and Fry and Laurie: Reunited on Gold; Doctor Who and Total Wipeout USA on Watch; New Tricks and Murdoch Mysteries on Alibi; Top Gear and Argumental on Dave; Planet Earth and The Long Way Round on Eden; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and My Flat Pack Home on Home; and Rick Stein’s French Odyssey and Rachel Allen: Bake! on Good Food”. Click here to read UKTV’s press release in full.
Sky Anytime+ will launch on Monday.
The new on-demand service will be available for Sky+ HD customers who have a Sky Broadband service.
Anytime+ extends the normal Anytime service currently available to offer many other programmes which are downloaded to your Sky+ HD box over your Sky Broadband broadband connection on-demand as you want them. It also upgrades the Anytime menus on your box to provide new thumbnail views and improved navigation.
Sky say Anytime+ is “a virtual library of entertainment, including 500 movies, series box sets, documentaries and much more all ready to watch at a time that suits you”. Anytime+ content varies depending on which viewing packs you subscribe to.
Click here to find out more Anytime+ information on Sky’s website.