Video on demand service BBC iPlayer is to begin broadcasting through Sky+.
The service will begin today, with the BBC iPlayer portal having been visible on the programme guide, albeit inactive, on the service in recent weeks.
The service has been integrated into the on demand menus and programme guide, with viewers also able to search for BBC content by channel, day and genre.
High definition, regional and signed programmes will also be available through dedicated categories, while viewers will be offered the chance to download directly to their Sky+ planner to watch at an opportune time outside of the BBC’s schedule.
Luke Bradley-Jones, director of TV Products for Sky said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with the BBC to bring the best of the BBC on demand to Sky customers. Providing customers with the flexibility to enjoy their favourite TV on demand, our comprehensive catch-up TV service perfectly complements the genius of Sky+, which already helps millions of our customers take charge of their viewing. We continue to put Sky customers in control, with the addition of BBC iPlayer to Sky+ sitting alongside a range of innovations including remote record, series link and now even being able to use your iPad as a remote control.”
Daniel Danker, general manager for BBC Programmes and On-Demand, added:“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.”