Sky sees a huge increase in viewers of on-demand digital TV
Over the last quarter Sky has been concentrating on putting
itself "at the heart of the connected home".
Sky revealed seeing a five-fold year-on-year increase in on
demand downloads, signaling the increasing importance of the
ability to connect digital set top boxes to a broadband
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky's Director of TV Products, comments:
During the last year, Sky customers were connecting their Sky
boxes to broadband at an average rate of around 200 an hour. As a
result we've seen an astonishing five-fold increase in average
weekly downloads for our On Demand service as millions more
customers choose to enjoy TV on their terms.
When customers connect their Sky+HD box to broadband, they
benefit from access to the UK's biggest Catch Up TV service and an
extensive On Demand library of box sets and exclusive movies. We're
delighted not only that customers are embracing our connected
services in record numbers, but when they do, they tell us that
they get a huge amount of extra value from Sky.
Sky also confirmed the popularity of Sky GO, revealing that the
service already has 3.3m users. It also has been said that live
sport broadcasts continue to prove hugely popular, with the first
Ashes Test match from Trent Bridge delivering more than an
impressive 4.5m views.
Freesat adds 145,000 new customers
Freesat has just shared the good news that it added as many as
145,000 new customers within the last year. This mean that the
digital TV provider's subscriber base is now 1.8 million home
Emma Scott, Freesat's Managing Director commented:
Our continued strong results show thousands of people making the
smart choice of Freesat as the alternative to expensive TV
contracts. As take up across the UK has increased, so has our
offer. We now provide more than 150 HD and standard definition TV,
radio and interactive channels, offering live pause, record, a
market leading catch up service through our Backwards TV Guide,
plus BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD.
"We continue to add new channels and on demand services and
invest in cutting edge technology. We will soon deliver more
features to our next generation service, including the addition of
Demand 5, a remote app for smart phones, and in the future,
additional movie and music channels.
Freesat has confirmed that it sold as many as 3.3 million set
top boxes and TVs, which is much more than the brand's initial
prediction. Customers on a tight budget who are keen on getting a
Freesat box for free can simply opt for getting a refurbished
Freeview gets more free HD channels
Great news comes to Freeview viewers! If you have a Freeview HD
box, you will be able to enjoy more channels in crystal clear HD.
- BBC News HD
- BBC Three HD
- BBC Four HD
- CBeebies HD
- CBBC HD
You will be able to tune and watch these splendid channels in HD
for free in the beginning of next year.
Deal of the week: Sky 6 months half price TV package plus a
free £25 M&S voucher