Magazine article Screen International

BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to Launch on Sky

Magazine article Screen International

BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to Launch on Sky

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Sky has signed major deals with the BBC and ITV to bring the two terrestrial broadcasters' video on demand services to its platform.

The BBC's iPlayer and ITV Player will be added to Sky's Anytime+ service later this year, offering Sky customers access to the two services' seven day catch up window.

Select archive programmes from ITV's back catalogue, including series such as Cold Feet and Prime Suspect, will be made available from tomorrow (31 Jan).

This is the first time content from terrestrial channels will be made available on the service, which comes free as part of the basic Sky HD package.

Previously, iPlayer has been available on a number of platforms, including Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat and Freeview, and the BBC described this agreement as one that "completes a picture" for the VoD service.

Meanwhile, ITV inked deals earlier this month with both LoveFilm and Netflix.

BBC director general Mark Thompson said: "Having the BBC and Sky work together to further build on the BBC iPlayer success story can only be fantastic news for audiences.

"Making BBC iPlayer available on all platforms is key to our commitment to universal access and this agreement takes us one step further towards that goal. …

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