As has been rumoured for a while now Sky has today confirmed that its next generation of Sky + boxes – namely the Sky+HD and Sky+HD 2TB will come with integrated wireless facilities.
The built in Wi-Fi will enable them to be seamlessly integrated on to a wireless network to access Sky’s On Demand service. This features among other things programmes from the last 30 days of TV, Sky’s Box Sets offering and hundreds of movies from Sky Movies and Sky Store.
Sky has also upped the amount of storage a user can have with the top end model – the Sky+HD 2TB – shipping with a two terabyte hard drive that can archive up to 350 hours of HD content.
There’s no firm details yet on price or availability.
The company is also adding a slew of new channels to its On Demand service including Discovery, Dave, Gold and Cartoon Network, all arriving before the end of the year. New Box Sets included Hannibal (Series 1, Sky Living), Friday Night Lights (Series 1 and 2, Sky Atlantic), Falling Skies (Series 1 and 2, Fox) and Rescue Me (Series 1-2, Sky Atlantic).
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s Brand Director of TV Products, said:
“Record levels of On Demand viewing show that Sky customers love the flexibility the service offers. When people connect their Sky+HD box to broadband they get instant access to the UK’s biggest Catch Up TV service and an extensive On Demand library of TV Box Sets and exclusive movies – and we’re seeing a growing demand.
Sky is also offering a free wireless adapter to its exiting customers to enable them to take advantage of its on demand services.