Sky Player in Windows 7 Media Center now available

Sky Player, Sky's online TV service, is now available to Windows Media Center UK users in Windows 7.

Sky kicked off the service on the Xbox 360 late last month. 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 (currently on offer, normally £10). 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.

Two new live channels, Crime & Investigation Network and British Eurosport 2 are also being added to the service today bringing the number of live streaming TV channels currently available to 26. Sky Player for Windows 7 Media Center takes full advantage of the new touch capabilities the operating system has to offer. The interface is touch enabled which allows for panning and gesture based navigation. Sky and Microsoft are both celebrating the launch today and are offering non Sky TV customers three months of Sky Player for the price of two with any Windows 7 purchase. Customers who already have Windows 7 can subscribe to the offer via the Sky Player sign in page in Windows Media Center.

Neowin got an early hands on with the addin for Windows Media Center at a launch event for Windows 7 last month. 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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Most definitely not HD.. tried this out the other day with my friends Sky account and the quality was pretty poor. In fact I found BBC iPlayer looked better, running off a Netbook!

Bah, My Viewing card is already registered to an account but I have no idea which. Looks like I might have to call Sky

I can see GUIDE under the TV section in media centre. However when I try to click any of the channels (Sky1 etc.) it does absolutely diddly squat. I am still running the RC - but some else has stated this is not an issue.

Whoops - just realised this is not it. What I should say is that the Sky Player icon has not actually showed up in media centre. DOH!

neelj said,
Niether can I?! I think it's because I'm running Win7 RC and not the actual finished product.

My HTPC machine running the RC had this stuff show up just last night, so it is possible.