From today, Sky TV customers can catch up on UKTV's pay entertainment channels Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi
Customers can now watch the best of UKTV's entertainment channels On Demand wherever and whenever with their connected Sky+HD box or Sky Go
This is UKTV's first ever Pay TV channel catch up service
UKTV's debut deal to provide Pay TV catch up services for its popular entertainment channels Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi was further extended today joining Sky's On Demand service; the UK's biggest Catch Up TV service.
The news follows the launch of catch up services for Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi on Sky Go last year, meaning Sky TV customers can access UKTV's entertainment shows like Dynamo: Magician Impossible and Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish on their TV or on a multitude of devices, whenever and wherever they like.
The award-winning multi-channel broadcaster announced the extension of its long term partnership with Sky in October, in a landmark deal that sees its Pay TV channels made available across all Sky TV products. Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi are the first channels from UKTV's portfolio to launch catch up services, allowing Sky customers to view UKTV shows they may have missed.
Sky customers can also look forward to TV Box Sets from UKTV's best-loved shows, with hit series such as Red Dwarf X, Murdoch Mysteries and Boston's Finest available in the coming weeks.
Keith Porritt, Executive Director Commercial, said
'The popularity of our channels has never been higher and we are committed to enabling viewers to watch our award-winning content whenever and wherever they like. Our agreement with Sky to provide catch up services for Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi on Sky Go and now on connected Sky+HD boxes is UKTV's first pay TV catch up deal. It is an important milestone in our continued drive to put our viewers at the heart of everything we do.'
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky's Brand Director of TV Products, commented:
'Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi today join the UK's biggest Catch Up TV service - offering customers content from 60 channels to watch when it suits them. It's all part of our continued commitment to provide our customers with a great TV experience whenever and wherever they want it, all at no extra cost.'
UKTV's channels currently reach over 42 million viewers a month and the network's recent announcement of £110 million investment in programming has resulted in a raft of new programming, including innovative commissioned content and bold acquisitions. Recent highlights include watch's new take on magic in The Happenings, never seen before footage and interviews with friends of the famous duo and Ronnie Corbett himself, in The Two Ronnies Spectacle on Gold, and Ross Noble bowing down to his Twitter followers in Ross Noble Freewheeling on Dave.
For more information please contact:
Amy Holland, PR Manager, Sky, Amy.Holland@bskyb.com / 020 7032 1498
UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers per month. UKTV's ten imaginative channel brands - Watch, Dave, Gold, Alibi, Eden, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home and Good Food - include the most watched non-PSB channel, the most watched channel in the Factual genre and the most watched channels in the Lifestyle genre (Pay and Free). The company's most recent financial results showed a record-breaking year-end revenue of £262m, and operating profit at £71m.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC and Channel 4 content, and embracing technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, TalkTalk, YouView, plus direct On Demand digital services. The network distributes its highly valued programmes to 200 territories around the world and supplies Sky with more hours of HD content than anyone else.
Now celebrating its 21st year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.
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Sky is the UK's biggest investor in television content, investing more than £2.5 billion a year in channels such as Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky News. Around two-thirds of Sky's content spend is invested in the UK and Sky is the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programmes. More than 30 million people watch Sky content each week.
Alongside its commitment to offering customers a greater choice of high-quality content, Sky is a leading innovator. Customers enjoy total control and flexibility over their favourite TV through Sky+, watch TV on the move through Sky Go, and enjoy the best quality TV experience at home through High Definition and 3D.
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