Sky launches movie download serviceWatch Sky movies at your convenience

11 January 2006

Sky customers can now download and watch hundreds of films and thousands of sports clips on their home computers.

The satellite broadcaster has launched Sky by Broadband , available free to its premium subscribers. Under the service, viewers can download movies and highlights from Sky Sports, and watch them on their home PC.

More than 200 movies are available including blockbusters such as Spider-Man 2 and The Day After Tomorrow, as well as cult-classics. Sky says it will eventually offer thousands of titles. The service will also include more than 1,000 Sky Sports video clips including highlights of every Barclays Premiership and UEFA Champions League match.

The broadcasting giant has also launched Sky by Mobile , which allows people to access entertainment, sports, news and weather on mobile phones with an internet connection. It's also free to subscribers to Sky's premium satellite package.

To register for Sky by Broadband customers need a home PC with Microsoft Windows XP and a minimum 1MB broadband connection. Sky by Mobile requires GPRS or 3G network support. Mobile networks that currently support connections to the application include Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2, Orange and Virgin Mobile.

Sky by Mobile will be available on all compatible 3G and GPRS networks through certain handsets which are listed on its site.