Feeds

Sky goes VoD after shipping 2m Sky+ boxes

But what's the difference between video-on-demand and time-shifting?

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Satellite broadcaster Sky is intending to add video-on-demand capabilities to its Sky+ boxes over the next year, allowing subscribers to pay more to record shows they failed to record first time round.

Unlike offerings from Channel 4 or the Venice project, Sky isn't planning to offer video over the internet: its Sky+ VoD service will record programmes from a selection transmitted over the Sky satellite system, which has more than enough bandwidth to spare.

Quite how this differs from using Sky+ in the normal way - asking it to record programs you want to watch later - isn't clear, except that this is an additional service and so will presumably be available at additional cost. The billing model has yet to be decided.

Sky already offers premium on-demand content over its satellite system, as Sky Box Office, so it would seem that this new offering will provide the same service for TV shows instead of films, and utilise a currently-unused portion of the Sky+ hard disk. Only about half of the 2m deployed Sky+ boxes will support the new service, and Sky is still deciding how to manage the migration of the other half.

Being able to offer VoD right in to the living room is a significant advantage, and one which is currently only available cable TV operators (geeks aside). Using the satellite means no internet latency or bandwidth usage, but Sky are only going to be able to offer a limited number of shows, and while the service might claim to be VoD, in reality it's just another form of time-shifting with event billing. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.