At the IPTV World Forum being held in Olympia, London, Sky’s Director of OnDemand, Griff Parry wowed attendees with it’s concept Home of 2012 short film. Whilst Sky’s satellite platform has never really been suited to video on demand the broadcaster strongly believes itself to be platform agnostic and a move into set-top boxes that are linked up to a broadband connection seems obvious.The film being shown for the first time in public showed a family with two computers and three television sets having their new sky+ HD service being installed by a Sky engineer. Sky HD is quick and easy to set up and the video showed the engineer connecting the Sky+ HD box to a satellite dish and to Sky Broadband, he makes sure both are connected and operating and that access to the internet and home network are set up. The network approach is key to Sky’s vision of the near future, with connectivity offering more extensive VOD that Sky is keen to supply.
Other ideas on display included how multiple digi boxes around the home could access a “shared planner” allowing the whole family to view all channels and access any shared content on any TV or PC. The ability to transfer recorded or on demand programs to a mobile device were also showcased.
With Sky pushing it’s HD service, and the recent drop in price to £50 it would seem like sky would want this to happen sooner rather than later. The new sky tv guide/planner that is currently being tested looks amazing so hopefully Sky are on the right track and will surely give its competitors something to think about.
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