If you’re new to Sky prepare to be dazzled by the choice of live channels and premium content, all of which are available via a choice of subscription packages or on a pay-per-view basis.
Existing Sky customers will enjoy the obvious benefits of having an alternative and, we might add, highly versatile way to enjoy their favourite shows.
So if my parents have sky at home, can I use their sky account to watch channels through my xbox? They have everything but sports and movies...
Xbox 360 Sky Player Price Plan, Channel Listing & Shocking Truths Uncovered?
Written Saturday, October 17, 2009 by Dan Webb
It seems like one of the chaps over at Neowin.net has uncovered a few juicy bits of information coming from http://xbox.sky.com in all the XML data that feeds the Sky Player. To me, that literally means nothing - after all, I'm no techie when it comes to this sort of stuff, but speaking to our coding expert Aleks (AKA Routine), it looks pretty legit.
So what does it tell us? Well, aside from the channel listing and clear as mud price listing, the Xbox 360 Sky Player doesn't seem to be as free to Sky subscribers as they initially made out...
Sky Real Lives
Sky Arts 1
Sky Movies 1 & 2
Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and Xtra
Sky Sports News
National Geographic Wild
According to the site also, "Sky 1 is missing from the Live channel list but under "TV on demand" Sky 1, Baby TV and Biography are listed."
Non Sky customers can subscribe on a minimum monthly basis which allows access to selected live channels and a selection of TV on demand. You can also rent or buy single episodes with no commitment.
The Sky Player TV Entertainment pack will cost £15 a month - includes live broadcast of over 20 channels (including National Geographic, ESPN Classic, G.O.L.D. and Disney Channel).
You can upgrade to include movies and sport for an additional cost (not specified though).
The Shocking Truth
Sky Player on your Xbox is only free to Sky subscribers who have subscribed to a Sky Multiroom account and/or a Sky Broadband Unlimited account.
All other Sky TV subscribers can subscribe to watch live TV on their Xbox 360 Sky Player for an extra £9.75 a month... something that Microsoft and Sky failed to highlight in the build up to its release. Probably because it's frankly ridiculous.
Despite it looking legit, we'll chalk it down as a rumour for now. We'll update you when we hear more though, but it does look like the Sky and Microsoft partnership isn't going to be as popular as once thought.
.Microsoft has finally revealed the price of access to the Sky Player which has launched today on the Xbox 360 in the UK.
Most importantly you'll be needing a Gold membership (£39.99 a year). The basic Sky pack called 'Entertainment' begins at £15 including G.O.L.D, Sky Real Lives, Sky Arts 1, Sky News and MTV One.
Alongside that for boffins is National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, History and Eden (not the garden). If you are into sport you can grab Sky Sports News, British Eurosport and ESPN Classics.
And for the kiddies is Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Nick Jr.
If you want to fork out more, you can do with prices as listed below:
* £25 - Sky Sports 1 OR Sky Sports 2 + Sky Sports Xtra
* £34 - Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 + Sky Sports Xtra
* £24 - Sky Movies Screen 1 OR Screen 2
* £32 - Sky Movies Screen 1 + Screen 2
* £33 - One movie channel + one sports channel + Sky Sports Xtra
* £38 - One movie channel + all sports channels, OR vice versa, + Sky Sports Xtra
* £41 - All sports and movie channels
* From £9 per month extra - ESPN
The on-demand content will include both 'paid-for' and free episodes of programming, with pricing starting from £1.
For those lucky enough to afford Sky already, the on-demand content will be available for those who already subscribe to the channels. And if you have Sky Multiroom or Sky Unlimited Broadband, you can get live channels as well.
That bundle pack we revealed the other week, is priced at £29.99 with a three-month Gold sub, a one month subscription to Sky Player and a Media remote.
You can find out more on Sky.com and we'll hopefully bring you a hands on soon