Mar 192014

As we mentioned back in January ( Sky will be introducing a new look Sky Guide for their HD boxes.

Sky has overhauled its Sky+ electronic programme guide (Sky Guide) in the biggest shake up of its EPG since 1998.

For the first time ever, On Demand, including Catch Up TV and Sky Store, and the Sky+ Planner now sit alongside channel listings as equal options on a new homepage, so that customers can immediately find the shows they most want to watch, whether live or on demand.

The new-look EPG is being phased in for all Sky+ customers from Tuesday 18th March and will be completed by the end of May.

The update rolling out now means customers can now choose between browsing live channels, catching up on something recently aired, bingeing on a box set, watching a movie or browsing recordings in their Planner – all accessible from a single screen. Icons on the homepage will now include Catch Up TV, TV Box Sets, New Series, Best of On Demand and Sky Store.

The EPG homepage will also now contain a search bar, which will allow BSkyB customers to submit queries based on title, actor, event, channel, sport or keyword.

The change has been introduced to take into account the growing number of BSkyB subscribers choosing to watch TV on their own terms, Sky added.

Jul 012013

Catch-up or on-demand TV services such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Player now account for a fifth of TV viewing in the UK, according to a survey by YouGov for YouView. In a typical week, the average Brit claims to record just under nine hours of TV and spends around six hours watching TV on-demand. Among 18-24s this rises to nine hours and 20 minutes of on-demand viewing, which is just under a third of their weekly TV.
While three quarters (77%) of those questioned still use their main TV the most, the average home now has four different devices (including their main TV) on which they can watch TV, which is just over double the number they had five years ago. This rises to an average of six devices for the 18-24 year olds. The study of more than 2,000 people, carried out to mark on-demand TV service YouView’s first anniversary, also found that over half of consumers (57%) use their computer to watch television content, 14 percent do so through a games console and 25 percent access TV on a tablet.

Spending on subscription TV services has also increased by around 40 percent in five years, with the average household monthly payment now GBP 29.89. Nearly a quarter (23%) spend more than GBP 50 per month.


Dec 012012

Which Sky+HD boxes are able to receive On Demand and BBC IPlayer services

Which Sky boxes are compatible with On Demand?

 A selection of On Demand TV is available on all Sky+HD boxes. Our full On Demand service is accessible from all Sky+HD boxes, except Thomson boxes and you will need to connect your Sky+HD box to your broadband router.

Sky are also in the process of updating the Sky Guide on these Sky+HD boxes to enable Catch Up TV and rebrand Anytime to On Demand. The rollout of the update is done in phases with the latest Sky+HD boxes now updated and more to be done in the next month.

To find out which Sky+HD box you have and when it will be updated, press Services on your Sky Remote, then press 0 to highlight Settings. Press 3 to highlight System Details. Note down the version Number 2nd line from the top of the screen.

If you have a version beginning with 4F31, then you have an Amstrad DRX890 or DRX895. You should already have the new Sky Guide.

If you have a version beginning with 4F30, then you have a Amstrad DRX780. You will receive the new Sky Guide in the next few weeks.

If you have a version beginning with 9730, then you have a Samsung. Subject to final testing, you will receive the new Sky Guide by the end of November.

If you have a version beginning with 9F30, then you have a Pace. Subject to final testing, you will receive the new Sky Guide by the end of November.

If you have a version beginning with 4E30, then you have a Thomson. Unfortunately, Sky are not updating this box with the new Sky Guide.