Dec 062016

Sky to close Sky Cinema Box Office service

Sky is to close its twenty year old Movie pay-per-view TV platform in January 2017.

Sky Box Office, first launched in 1996 via Sky’s analogue service, soon became one of Sky Digital’s early selling points, offering subscribers access to numerous feeds containing sports and movies, with multiple showings of films to allow a near on-demand service on linear TV. In 2011, the main part of the service became Sky Movies Box Office, later Sky Cinema Box Office.

It will now close on the 4th January 2017, with viewers being directed to the Sky Store as the preferred alternative way of buying movies. There is no further impact on the remaining Sky Cinema linear or on-demand service.

In recent years, the Box Office service has been pruned, losing a number of its streams, as demand for the service declined in favour of online streaming and download services.

Sky Sports Box Office will continue to show boxing and WWE and other special events.

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