The service, called iSKY, will be free to SKY subscribers and will allow them to access content on their computers, based on whatever SKY package they are signed up to. They will also be able to access TV shows, sports events and movies that have recently played on SKY’s satellite channels.
For those worried that such a scheme would eat into their broadband data packages, SKY has announced partnerships with Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot, Farmside, Xnet and Woosh, meaning that content viewed via their iSKY account would not count towards customers’ broadband usage.
The service is set to go live before Christmas.
"iSKY will offer a great variety and choice of video content within a single service including three live sports and two live news channels, plus the ability to catch up on recently broadcast content at no cost for nearly all of SKY’s Basic channels (including free-to-air channel PRIME),” says a media release on the SKY website. "There will also be a Sports Highlights and a Movies catch up channel, together with an extensive library of movies, documentaries and TV series available to rent.”
Subscribers are being encouraged to register early at www.isky.co.nz.