Sky expands catch-up TV service to 43 channels

9 Jan 2014

Pictured: Rachel Wyse of Sky Sports News and Karen Koster of TV3's Xposé at the expansion of Sky's catch-up TV service

Satellite and broadband provider Sky has expanded its digital catch-up service to include 43 Sky and non-Sky channels including TV3, Channel 4, Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

In addition to top new shows fromSky1, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2, customers who connect their Sky+HD box to their broadband router will be able to watch Catch Up TV from popular channels such as TV3, Channel 4, More4, E!, Universal, SyFy, Fox, TLC, Discovery Channel, Nat Geo, History, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Boomerang, Disney Channel and many more.

Sports fans will now also be able to catch up on the best of the action from Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and F1, while film buffs will never again miss the latest blockbusters with Sky Movies.  Watch, Dave, Alibi and Gold will be added to Sky’s Catch Up TV service in February, while Sky News and Eurosport will be added shortly afterwards, bringing the number of channels on Ireland’s biggest Catch Up TV service to 49.

“We have a great line up of channels included in the service which means that TV fans across Ireland no longer need to worry about missing their favourite TV programmes, movies, sports events and news,” said Sky Ireland managing director JD Buckley.

“The addition of Catch Up TV to our On Demand service at no extra cost adds value to our offering and represents a great way to start what will be another exciting year for our customers.”

On demand

Customers using the Sky+ app can now download an On Demand show to their Sky+HD box at home from anywhere in the world so it is ready and waiting to watch when they get home. This is in addition to being able to browse the TV listings or On Demand sections when they are out of the house or on their sofa to discover what to watch next.

“We expect On Demand to be really big for us in 2014, with more and more of our customers watching TV Box Sets and Sky Movies when, where and how they want,” Mark Anderson, Sky Ireland’s director of sales and marketing added.

“The addition of Catch Up TV at no extra cost means that our customers never again need to miss their favourite TV on their favourite channels and that’s a compelling proposition.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years