After Xbox 360, BSkyB has announced the release of the Sky Player on Microsoft Media Centre which equips Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate by default.
Users will be able to access Live TV, on demand movies and sport. Tech website Neowin understands that only paying Sky customers (possibly not those on say, Free Sat from Sky) will be able to access the service which will be available as an online Sky Player multiroom subscription for £5 per month.
Those who already have this subscription or using Sky Broadband Unlimited will be able to view the live channels for free. On demand content is already included in the deal.
Non Sky customers will have to fork out £15 per month for the "Base entertainment" package which does not include the cost of line rental if you plan to get ADSL-based broadband to your premises.
Another blog, connectedTV.eu points to the fact that Sky has been pretty fuzzy with regards to the finer details. For example, how many computers within the same household will be able to access the content? Are you allowed to access the same content on two devices at the same time? What about recording content for future viewing, is there a time limit on it?
The service is currently in beta it seems and Sky has promised that it will launch it by the end of the year as an early Christmas gift. Interesting also to note that the system, because of the resources it require, won't offer HD content yet.
We wonder whether Virgin Media will follow suit and release its own version of online video on demand soon. Obviously, all those subscribers will count towards the goal of BSkyB to reach 10 million users by the end of 2010.