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# 43884 22-Oct-2009 22:52
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For SKY UK, but an indication of what may be possible here in the future

Microsoft today held a UK launch party for Windows 7 and announced a major partnership with Sky.

Sky Player, Sky's online TV service, will be available to Windows Media Center users in Windows 7. Sky previously announced the same service will be available on Xbox 360 later this month but have now confirmed this will now be available to Windows 7 Media Center users too.

The service will allow users access to Live TV, on demand content, movies and sport. Existing Sky TV customers will be able to purchase an online Sky Player multiroom subscription for £5 per month. Customers with Sky Multiroom or Sky Broadband
 Unlimited will be able to access live channels for no extra charge. Non-Sky TV customers will require a monthly subscription that starts at £15 per month to the Base Entertainment Pack. In addition to the live channels, customers will also have access to on-demand programmes from channels they subscribe to.

Neowin got an early hands on with the addin for Windows Media Center and although it's beta and has some bugs, it's an impressive way to watch Sky content on a Media Center PC. We asked a Microsoft rep to take us through some of the features and you can see the hands on below.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 266451 23-Oct-2009 19:37
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nice find! fingers crossed :)

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  # 266462 23-Oct-2009 20:30
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Wannabe Geek

  # 372086 24-Aug-2010 13:23
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In light of a recent article in NZHerald on Sky TV launching / relaunching a new internet service.... it would be interesting to see what the possibilities could be for having Sky Ondemand under Windows Media Center...

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  # 372133 24-Aug-2010 14:18
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Do you have a link to said article?

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  # 372205 24-Aug-2010 15:19
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One could only hope for something like this in NZ. The price of the service would be the sticking point, it would need to be cheaper than there satellite service, knowing how these things work i can see it being marketed as a "premium" service and have the premium price to boot..

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  # 372239 24-Aug-2010 16:10
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@nety sorry for not positing the links.... here you go:

Mod: [LC] Turned link into a link.

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Uber Geek


  # 374877 31-Aug-2010 13:40
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I am currently using the UK Sky player over here (family is in UK and has sky so with a VPN I can use the service) and it is ok.  Integration in to WMC is pretty good, and the interface is fine.  I would be worried about the content though.  The UK Sky player has limited channels/content for what you pay for it, i.e. for live TV you need to pay extra but the ondemand stuff is fine.  Judging by the small number of channels for Sky NZ I would be interested to see how the service rolls out, as UK Sky with the 200+ channels only has about 30/40 available online.

I do wish for full integration of all the NZ channels in WMC, that would rock!

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