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Sky+HD new TV guide update to put On Demand up front

The Sky TV guide will be getting an update making it even easier for viewers to tune into Sky’s peerless on demand library. 

The new-look guide will place shortcuts to catch up TV, Sky Box Sets and the Sky Store next to the regular live TV guide and the Sky+ planner, making everything available from one dashboard for the first time ever. 

A new and improved search function will also let customers manually look for their favourite shows as well as looking through the various menus. 

Sky+HD new TV guide update to put On Demand up front
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Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s Director of TV Products said: “We’re passionate about giving our customers their favourite content however they want to watch and will continue to make Sky’s connected TV services even bigger and better during 2014, including an enhanced EPG that makes it even easier to find on demand content.” 

As you can see from the screengrab, the search function sits on top of the eight shortcuts. The traditional picture-in-picture remains in the top right corner. Other menus including parental security and settings will be accessed via icons which run across the top of the screen like normal. 

On demand TV has proven to be hugely popular with Sky subscribers, with 4.4 million customers regularly accessing Sky On Demand. 

More than a million customers connected their Sky+HD boxes to broadband over the last three months alone, to watch up to 60 Catch Up TV channels, hundreds of movies and box sets on demand. 

UKTV recently announced that Dave, Gold, Watch and Alibi arrived on the platform, cementing Sky’s position as the UK’s largest catch up service. 

Similarly, Sky Go, Sky’s online and mobile catch up service, is currently the largest in the UK, giving customers access to up to 57 channels on the go. 

To enjoy Sky On Demand and catch-up services, all Sky TV customers need to do is connect their Sky+HD boxes to their home broadband router. You can do this with an Ethernet cable or using a wireless adapter to connect via WiFi.

Last year, Sky launched a new Sky+HD box which came with built-in WiFi, meaning customers who wanted some on-demand action didn’t have to work out for a lengthy Ethernet cable or an adapter. 

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