Sky plans launch of new Internet TV service

MUMBAI: Sky Network Tuesday announced plans to launch a new service which will allow consumers across UK to access some of its most popular content over the Internet at a flexible pricing.

Launching in the first half of 2012, the new service will be an additional choice for people who don’t currently subscribe to a pay TV service and will be available across a wide range of connected devices, including PCs, Macs, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and connected TVs.

While Sky Movies will be available from launch, other services will expand to offer sport and entertainment soon afterwards.

The company will reveal more details of the new service closer to launch.

Sky has offered television over the Internet for a number of years and in 2006 became the first UK broadcaster to offer content to download over the Internet. The service has since evolved into Sky Go, which is now accessed across millions of Internet-connected devices.

Alongside the new Internet TV service launching this year, Sky Go will continue to develop as a bonus service for existing Sky TV customers, offering access to a wide range of live channels and on demand content.

The launch of a new Internet TV service will complement Sky’s existing pay TV services and open up a wider opportunity to bring its content to more consumers.

Sky chief executive officer Jeremy Darroch said: "This exciting new service will offer some of Sky‘s most popular content through a wide range of broadband connected devices. Alongside the continued growth of our satellite platform, this will be a new way for us to reach out to consumers who love great content, but may not want the full Sky service.Bringing a distinctive, new choice to the marketplace will help us meet the needs and demands of an ever wider range of consumers. This new product launch will build on our early leadership in multi-platform distribution. It will allow us to make our expertise and investment in content and technology work even harder, extending our options for continued growth."

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