Sky has revealed the first image of its updated electronic programme guide, which prioritises catch-up and on-demand content
Sky, the UK’s biggest satellite TV provider, has revealed the first image of its impending electronic programme guide update, which will place a bigger emphasis on catch-up TV and on-demand content when it arrives later this year.
According to Sky’s research, on-demand usage saw a threefold increase in 2013, with 4.4 million Sky customers now using a connected Sky+HD box. As such, the redesigned EPG will include large icons to take viewers directly to on demand or catch-up content.
The image reveals eight icons, which will be displayed whenever the TV Guide button is pressed on a Sky remote. As well as the familiar TV Guide and Planner, new additions include Catch Up TV, TV Box sets, New Series, Best of On Demand, Sky Movies on Demand and the Sky Store.
A picture-in-picture window appears to let you keep one eye on the currently playing channel, at least while browsing the main menu, and a new search bar has been added to jump straight to a particular TV show or film.
Sky’s director of TV products Luke Bradley-Jones 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.”
The new look EPG should be arriving later in the spring, with Sky+HD boxes expected to receive the over-the-air update first.
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