Sky Player signs up iPlayer

There has been a huge increase in the demand for online programming in recent years --for example, the volume of shows watched on Channel 4’s online service, 4OD, rose by 69 percent between last December and this January. The BBC has received 180 million requests to stream or download BBC TV programmes via its iPlayer since launch in December 2007.

Now the BBC and BSkyB have joined forces to supply online content from both broadcasters via Sky’s online TV service, Sky Player.

Sky Player, which offers live and on-demand content, now also provides access to videos from all BBC television channels. Users have access to 400 hours of BBC programming per week, and thousands of hours' worth of content from all Sky channels--meaning that it's possible to find BBC and Sky shows such as Doctor Who, Eastenders, and Bones in the same place.

"The combination of more choice and easier access means Sky Player users will find it even simpler to enjoy a wide range of TV content," explained BSkyB’s director of on-demand, Griff Parry, in a statement.

The new version of Sky Player includes "a series of BBC branded sections, with listings information and links to all TV programmes on the BBC iPlayer service." Once viewers select to view a BBC programme they will be transferred to the BBC iPlayer site where they can watch their chosen video for free. Sky programmes will only be available to Sky TV customers or via a one-off fee.

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totally pointless especially as even though im in the uk I cant use iplayer in work GRRR
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Right so they've added a section with links, surely that's not teaming up its just getting permission from BBC to do so. Either way its good though, will BBC IPlayer be displaying Sky Player banner adverts now then?
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Good to see they are doing what people want.
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sounds good to me, about time really considering most people now watch programs online
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So what exactly are Sky viewers gaining if it just redirects them to the BBC iPlayer site? Surely they are not suggesting that Sky customers are too stupid to type in an address bar?
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And so the Virgin vs Sky battle continues! First virgin gave access to BBC iPlayer through its box, and now a few months later Sky offers a similar thing.
I wouldn't be surprised if Sky did something and then Virgin followed suit shortly afterward.
Oh well, as long as I can watch telly somewhere I don't care what they do! :-)
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Nice :D
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