Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


SKY Continues to Innovate

29 August 2014

Media Release

SKY Continues to Innovate

SKY customers will soon be enjoying upgraded MY SKY services, internet connectivity, video on-demand, upgraded legacy decoders and a modernised electronic programme guide (EPG). A Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service for non-SKY customers will also launch this year.

The entertainment company is making a $125 million investment over the next two years in new software and equipment which will allow it to double its satellite bandwidth, enabling internet connections for all decoders, more channels and giving them the ability to broadcast ultra-high definition.

“We have firm plans for a major upgrade that will significantly enhance the service we provide to our 865,000 customers,” says chief executive John Fellet.

“As well as providing customers with the latest technology, a big upside of this project is that it allows us to double the amount of satellite bandwidth we can access, providing a path to ultra-high definition or 4k and the capacity to add new channels.”

“We expect to see an increased uptake of MY SKY services and even happier customers” says Fellet. “By the end of this investment programme, every SKY set top box will have the ability to be IP connected, providing access to VOD services for all of our customers. The simplicity of using MY SKY and providing on demand services through the same set top box will be a winning combination for our customers.”

Subscription Video on Demand – 2014

SKY will also launch an SVOD service targeted at non SKY customers this year. The service will feature a wealth of TV shows including exclusive HBO content and a great range of movies at launch. All for a flat monthly fee and no contractual obligations.

Upgrade to MY SKY decoders – 2015

An upgrade to the operating software of MY SKY decoders will be downloaded via SKY’s satellite with no customer intervention required. The upgrade will see a modernised Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) with high definition resolution and a modern new look and feel. Series link and search functionality will be enhanced and shows from a series will ‘Series Stack’ in the planner under one header.

Access to a huge library of On Demand content for all internet connected MY SKY’s will be available at a touch of the remote control for customers connected through an ethernet lead, Wi-Fi or power line device.

Customers can choose On Demand content to download through their internet connection and then elect to store on their MY SKY and watch at their convenience.

Content is downloaded progressively allowing SKY customers to watch shows whilst the download completes.

Access to VOD content and the upgrade is at no cost to customers, although they will need to pay for their connection devices and data usage. MY SKY charges will apply only if accessed.

Upgrade for all Digital decoders – from March 2015

SKY will replace around 460,000 non-MY SKY decoders with a new decoder that is MY SKY capable and features the enhanced high definition electronic programme guide. These decoders will have addressable MY SKY features like personal video recording, high definition and access to a huge library of On Demand content. Wi-Fi functionality will be inbuilt giving customers the option to access on demand content.

The replacement of all digital decoders will take place from March 2015 over an 18 month period at no cost to customers.

-- Ends

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news