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BBC iPlayer Finally Comes to the UK Sky Q TV Platform

Monday, November 11th, 2019 (8:52 am) - Score 7,976

Sky (Sky Broadband) and the BBC have signed a new content and technology partnership, which among other things will today finally see the BBC’s iPlayer (IPTV) video on demand app and connected red-button service launch on their Sky Q TV platform. Previously it was possible on Sky to get BBC VoD content but not via iPlayer.

Sky customers will also have easier access to BBC children’s content with popular shows from CBBC and CBeebies including The Dumping Ground, The Worst Witch and Topsy & Tim, set to be available as box-set series across the Kids section of Sky Q, including within the Kids Safe Mode which was launched by Sky earlier this year.

The broadcasters are also exploring a “range of other partnership opportunities“, including the availability of BBC Sounds on the Sky and NOW TV platforms, as well as committing to BBC content being available on Sky’s future TV platform. Meanwhile Sky hopes to shop out their targeted advertising expertise (PromoSmart – powered by AdSmart) to the BBC, although that’s still only in the “early stage” of exploration.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky CEO UK & Ireland, said:

“We are pleased to be working with the BBC on such a broad-ranging partnership – it is a great example of how UK broadcasters can work together for the benefit of viewers and the industry. We are continuing to explore, together with the BBC, how it could use Sky’s innovative technology to help it better connect with licence-fee payers for the long term.”

Bob Shennan, BBC Group Managing Director, said:

“We’re thrilled that viewers who watch our programmes on Sky will now be able to enjoy the full BBC iPlayer experience, and to access our full red-button service. BBC iPlayer is a fantastic way to watch the incredible breadth of programmes the BBC offers, including fantastic full series, terrific archive content, brilliant new dramas like His Dark Materials, landmark natural history programmes like Seven Worlds, One Planet and hilarious comedies like Motherland.

We’re also very much looking forward to experimenting with PromoSmart in the future. This agreement shows how the BBC and Sky can work together to give audiences the very best experience and support a strong UK media industry, and we look forward to continuing this relationship.”

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar ste

    Any word on iplayer 4k content on sky q?

  2. Avatar Sky

    skyq are so ugly

  3. Avatar Greg Thomas

    4K content? HDR?

  4. Avatar Roger_Gooner

    4K content is still being trialled, so no scheduled streams yet.

    The flavour of HDR is HLG for live broadcasts which is delivered using MPEG-DASH, and your TV has to support both.

  5. Avatar David

    Just pricing Sky up – they want £68 a month for basic TV with Netflix and something else. , FTTC up to 70mbps – and UHD in 2 rooms. That’s pretty good but I have heard they up the price when they like and you can’t leave – which puts me off if true.

    • Avatar James

      Unfortunately you can’t get UHD in 2 rooms, You can have sky in multi rooms but only main box has UHD.

    • Avatar Mike

      If you wait for Black Friday/Monday you might be able to haggle it lower.

      You will have to haggle every time contract is up for renewal though or regular price applies.

      Switching between Sky and NowTV keeps broadband/phone down though to new customer price though.

  6. Avatar Brian Equeall

    Far too much advertising on the sports channels we pay to have sport the worst channel is 409 every 8to10 mins I am going to cancel my subscription if does not Improve sky wants money for everything we pay to tv not ads

  7. Avatar Olly

    Ah! Finally BT have found a new way to cash in. This should help relieve their cash deficit!

  8. Avatar Samuel

    and yes BBC iPlayer is still not even FULL HD – only 720p.

  9. Avatar Tom

    I can’t get red button service,every time I hit red button on remote the iPlayer starts

  10. Avatar Paul Hunter

    BBC MD Bob Shannan states “Sky will now be able to enjoy the FULL BBC iPlayer experience” but until UHD is available on the Sky platform then his statement is a bit false.

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