BBC iPlayer launches on Sky+

30 Oct 2012  |  Niall Johnson 

After numerous talks and legal wranglings, the BBC iPlayer has today launched on the Sky+ box. The addition of the BBC's video on demand service to Sky's set top box was originally announced in January of this year.

Since then, the ITV Player, Demand 5 and Sky's own On Demand service have launched on the platform. The confirmation that 4oD will join the line up in early 2013 will put the BSkyB offering shoulder to shoulder with Virgin Media, in terms of VoD content.

Up to 6.7 million homes with a Sky+HD box and broadband connection will be able to watch BBC on demand content.

BBC iPlayer will be available directly from Sky's on demand programme guide, featuring many of the BBC's most popular shows, including Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders.

This landmark deal between the BBC and Sky builds on a substantial history of industry partnerships for BBC iPlayer, which is now available on over 650 platforms and devices.

Daniel Danker, General Manager, BBC Programmes and On-Demand, said "BBC iPlayer has had a record-breaking year, with 2 billion requests for programmes in 2011, and nearly 200 million requests in September 2012 alone. Available on over 650 platforms and devices across PC, mobile, tablet and internet-connected TVs, 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.".

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