Neowin Hands on: Sky Player in Windows 7 Media Center

Microsoft today held a UK launch party for Windows 7 and announced a major partnership with Sky.

Sky Player, Sky's online TV service, will be available to Windows Media Center users in Windows 7. Sky previously announced the same service will be available on Xbox 360 later this month but have now confirmed this will now be available to Windows 7 Media Center users too.

The service will allow users access to Live TV, on demand content, movies and sport. Existing Sky TV customers will be able to purchase an online Sky Player multiroom subscription for £5 per month. Customers with Sky Multiroom or Sky Broadband Unlimited will be able to access live channels for no extra charge. Non-Sky TV customers will require a monthly subscription that starts at £15 per month to the Base Entertainment Pack. In addition to the live channels, customers will also have access to on-demand programmes from channels they subscribe to.

Neowin got an early hands on with the addin for Windows Media Center and although it's beta and has some bugs, it's an impressive way to watch Sky content on a Media Center PC. We asked a Microsoft rep to take us through some of the features and you can see the hands on below.

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Hey will this work in the US now? I understand UK for direct cable and crap but Video over IP works for us?

If not then why not? screw the fcc! I cancelled my cable tv, thanks congress for the great enconomy oversight and management you've given us. Now, I need online tv and the options aren't stable.

If I get sky tv in the UK can I watch Video over IP from the US?

This sounds quite good. Will it work away from home? Could really really really do with something like this to use when I am not at home. Very happy to pay £5 a month for the priviledge.

Well the sky movies channels are free this weekend coming, but it's a shame this WMC app isn't available :(

Also, why should I have to pay out an extra £5 a month for multiroom just so I can watch it in WMC when I can watch it in the sky player app I've got on my PC for free all inclusive in the £48pm for sky+?

This'll be great. Now I just need to fight the temptation seeing as it'll cost a fair bit a month and I mainly want it for the wrestling which I miss so greatly

I'm not in the right region of the world for this but it's nice to see. Since it's taking forever to get any kind of CableCard or similar system out in common use, the whole Media Center thing is really going under-used. It's a great package but unless you use analog cable or over the air antenna it kind of makes it nearly useless. Adding netflix was a great idea. Adding Hulu and making deals with other broadcasting companies will go a long way too.

Really interested in this. Got a Windows 7 media centre PC running with dual digital tuners sat next to a Sky box.

On the video it's not entirely clear if you can watch Sky channels live. Any idea what video quality this is going to be?

I'd quite happily get rid of my Sky box (the Sky guide is absolutely rubbish) and use the Windows 7 media centre PC for watching Sky content. I did look at getting add in card and seperate CAM but was looking like it was going to be quite expensive.

Is the beta plugin available for general user testing?

I know. But to be fair, they canned their online video service because everyone was blowing their data caps which are out of their control.

Funnily enough, Telecom aren't going to meter content downloaded on Tivo - which they are selling.

Fair competition? I think not.

Litespeed said,
I know. But to be fair, they canned their online video service because everyone was blowing their data caps which are out of their control.

Funnily enough, Telecom aren't going to meter content downloaded on Tivo - which they are selling.

Fair competition? I think not.

That's NZ and our 3rd world broadband for you lol.

We asked a Microsoft rep to take us through some of the features and you can see the hands on below.

... there's nothing "below" and no link to another article... am I just missing it?

//Update 1: Ok, now there's a dead flash code... I guess I'll C&P to youtube.//

//Update 2: Ok, now it's working! =)//

vaximily said,
... there's nothing "below" and no link to another article... am I just missing it?

//Ok, now there's a dead flash code... I guess I'll C&P to youtube.//


Fixed ;)

Sounds interesting and pretty tempting... When it says non-sky tv customers, that means basically we can watch it by stream?