BRITISH BROADCASTER Sky has introduced WiFi-enabled Sky+HD personal video recorder (PVR) set-top boxes for wireless internet connectivity to its on-demand and catch-up TV services.
Until now Sky customers have had to hook up their set-top boxes online via wired Ethernet LAN connections. The upgraded PVRs mean that users now need not worry about where their TV is positioned in relation to their home network router.
Sky said the Sky+HD and Sky+HD 2TB set-top boxes will connect wirelessly to a home WiFi network with "the touch of a couple of buttons". Once connected, customers can access Sky's on-demand TV service, including up to the last 30 days of TV from the catch-up TV service, the firm's latest Box Sets, and movies from Sky Movies and Sky Store.
"The Sky+HD 2TB box continues to offer more personal storage than any other subscription TV PVR, allowing customers to record three times more hours of HD TV than with rival boxes," Sky said.
The broadcaster claimed that the 2TB set-top box will allow customers to use the box's capacity to store up to 350 hours of HD content, and said they are also "the most energy efficient yet".
"To ensure that all homes with Sky+HD boxes can get connected, existing customers who have not yet used On Demand can receive a free On Demand connector," the firm explained. "This connector will allow them to easily connect their set-top box to their WiFi network, giving them instant access to hours of additional entertainment."
As part of the announcement, Sky said that its customers with on-demand will receive up to 20 new channels on catch-up TV over the next year. The first channels to be added to the service will include Discovery, Dave, Gold and Cartoon Network, all arriving before the end of 2013. µ
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