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05-29-2009, 12:26 AM
Sky TV on your Xbox 360
The way you view television is set to change forever as Xbox announces an incredible deal bringing Sky TV to the Xbox 360.
The Sky Player, Sky TV’s online service, launches on Xbox LIVE this autumn, bringing with it a vast array of channels and programming that you can view live or on-demand. The ink is barely dry on the deal and we’re still finalising the full line-up, but you can reckon on accessing blockbuster movies, Premier League football, absorbing documentaries and the very best of music, the arts and must-see entertainment shows for all the family – all delivered direct to your Xbox 360 without the need for a satellite dish or any other kind of separate plug-in device. A broadband connection is all that’s required.

If you’re new to Sky prepare to be dazzled by the choice of live channels and premium content, all of which are available via a choice of subscription packages or on a pay-per-view basis. Existing Sky customers will enjoy the obvious benefits of having an alternative and, we might add, highly versatile way to enjoy their favourite shows.

We’re looking at exciting ways to enhance your Sky-viewing experience too, bringing some of the Xbox 360’s unique functionalities into the mix. In the case of Sky Sports football content we’re thinking real-time interactivity, with mates chatting LIVE about matches, instant results, fixture updates and such. We’ll bring you more news soon.

Likewise we’ll be back soon with full launch and pricing details. Meantime the future has well and truly arrived and the Xbox 360 has finally become that mythical device that sits underneath your TV, calmly and efficiently handling all your entertainment needs. If it later becomes possible to broadcast tea and a round of toast via broadband you can bet we’ll be all over it!

That's pretty cool. I wonder how much it will cost though. There was talk of the Wii getting a BBC channel but I don't think anything ever came of it. Here's hoping this works out well.


It's also on the 360 Dashboard in the UK.

05-30-2009, 11:20 AM

05-30-2009, 06:17 PM
That is rather good and just increases my desire for Microsoft to bring out an updated xbox 360 with an even bigger hard drive and make the fucker quiet.

#BROKEN Hasney
05-30-2009, 06:45 PM

This screen actually looks realy cool

Mr. Monday Morning
05-30-2009, 07:09 PM
There's no option to crotch chop the guy next to you :(

Oh well, this is pretty huge for me as the only way I'll be able to get Sky for next season is to get Virgin cable at like 45 a month (I rent and landlord won't allow me to switch from a BT line which would make it considerably cheaper - shared building so can't get Sky as there's no dish) - I only really want it for football and NFL anyway so this will probably (hopefully :mad: ) work out cheaper,

Mike the Metal Ed
05-30-2009, 08:21 PM
Yeah, if can I just buy all the football I need in better quality than Iraq Goals as I go, it'll work out much cheaper than actually buying Sky Sports. Even better if HD is available.

05-30-2009, 08:51 PM
Could be good, but worried it might be too expensive to use reguarly though.

Hope they put some WWE up though.

10-15-2009, 01:27 PM
Sky will be available on the 360 from the 27th of October. Priecing will be revealed at launch.

Mike the Metal Ed
10-15-2009, 02:00 PM
Knowing Sky, hideously expensive, and knowing O2 Home Access Broadband, painfully slow.

10-15-2009, 02:09 PM
Is this going to happen in america, or is it just a UK deal?

10-15-2009, 02:12 PM
UK only. Sky is a British company. I'm betting if this is popular, the US will get an similair service eventually.

D Mac
10-15-2009, 04:00 PM
Surprised they don't have the option to order Pay Per View events and shit through 360 or PS3 yet. I bet it's coming.

Cool King
10-15-2009, 05:41 PM
UK only. Sky is a British company. I'm betting if this is popular, the US will get an similair service eventually.

If so, then it'll most likely be FOX that does it, seeing as Sky and FOX are both owned by Rupert & Family.

Fabien Barthez
10-15-2009, 06:25 PM
I have Sky Multiroom, and as such, I get the Sky Player service for free on my computer.

Hopefully this will occur with the Xbox. I already pay for Sky HD, 2 extra multiroom boxes... With the full channel package. Sky phone and Broadband. They can't make me pay for it, surely?

Not that I need it, like. If it can't offer more than my TV or Laptop then it's pretty useless to me.

10-15-2009, 11:10 PM
I think it has an on-demand service for films, sports and tv shows. I know you'll deffinitly get it for free if you're already a Sky customer.

Mike the Metal Ed
10-27-2009, 10:49 AM

Pricing is out, even though I can't find anything about it on my Xbox dash.

Free if you're already a Sky customer with Multiroom

15 per month for Sky Player
19 extra per month for Sky Sports
50 per month for Sky Entertainment, Sports, Movies and ESPN

+ an Xbox Live Gold account, taking the total to 53.33 a month for the whole package.

No HD because of the UK's antiquated phone lines, plus Sky probably want to save on bandwidth.

Oh, and I'll give wrestling fans fair warning. WWE currently DOESN'T allow viewers to watch their shows over the PC-based Sky Player, so don't get your hopes up for watching Raw, Smackdown and ECW on this service.

Oh, and you'll need a minimum 2Mb connection, which is bad news for me in the evenings on O2 Home Access

10-27-2009, 11:03 AM
I was on my 360 when it was first put up and after installing it and a few error messages and waiting another 30 minutes, it began working smoothly. I could watch clips as a "preview" of the service including a live stream of Sky News. We can purchase individual episodes and judging by the pricing of Episode 1 of "Bender's Big Score" it'll be a few pence under 1.50 for an episode of something.

Weirdly enough the Sky Player has vanished from the dashboard, since.

Cool King
10-27-2009, 11:38 AM
Oh, and I'll give wrestling fans fair warning. WWE currently DOESN'T allow viewers to watch their shows over the PC-based Sky Player, so don't get your hopes up for watching Raw, Smackdown and ECW on this service.


Well, now I really have no use for Sky on the 360 anymore.

10-27-2009, 01:39 PM
I get Sky through NTL so I'll assume they won't let me use this

10-27-2009, 08:29 PM
SKYXBOX1MTH 1 month free

The Mackem
10-28-2009, 05:06 AM
Is that a code, Ogen?

10-28-2009, 09:00 AM
It is, though I can't even see a thing to download it anymore so not sure whats going on or where you put it in

10-28-2009, 09:22 AM
I read an article last night saying the Sky Player was experiancing problems and had to be taken down. It said Microsoft hope to get it back up today but I don't see it happening.

Mike the Metal Ed
11-02-2009, 07:04 PM
I retract my earlier statement. I'm watching ECW right now.

11-03-2009, 01:40 AM
It's not been on my dashboard since it was originally put up and taken down.

11-03-2009, 06:19 AM
If it's not on your dash, press the guide button in the middle of the controller, select quick launch.

If you've already downloaded Skyplayer, go to recently downloaded, and skyplayer should be there to launch.

11-03-2009, 10:20 AM
For the money they are asking you may aswell get "proper" Sky.

Mike the Metal Ed
11-03-2009, 11:03 AM
My parents never got around to cancelling multiroom. So, this is much cheaper than "proper" Sky. :D

Fabien Barthez
11-09-2009, 05:01 PM
So how does it work if you have multi room, but already have skyplayer on your PC? Still free?

Mike the Metal Ed
11-09-2009, 05:22 PM
Yeah, it's the same exact Sky Player service, just think of it as another device you can watch it on, it didn't even ask me to deregister any of the PCs I've activated it on.

Fabien Barthez
11-09-2009, 06:20 PM
Slick. Same UN n PW?

Mike the Metal Ed
11-09-2009, 06:34 PM

Fabien Barthez
11-09-2009, 06:46 PM
Sick. I am going to sell it's use to a friend or something then. I have no use for it anyways.