BBC Bringing iPlayer to Sky Boxes

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sky's Anytime+ internet-based video-on-demand service will get two whopping great updates this year, with support for both BBC's iPlayer and the rival ITV Player coming to the system.

ITV has won the battle to get its stuff up there first, with retro content like Prime Suspect and Cold Feet launching through Sky Anytime+ from tomorrow, though both the standard Anytime+ menu and a new ITV Player app. The arrival of the iPlayer tool and BBC material hasn't been dated, with both the BBC and Sky simply saying it'll arrive later in 2012.

You do of course need some form of Sky subscription to use Anytime+, but at least it's currently offered as a free bonus feature regardless of your level of TV package. Sky has also opened up Anytime+ access to Sky+HD users who don't use Sky Broadband as their ISP, too, claiming this means 5 million UK homes could potentially use the service. [Sky]