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Sky Launches Player For Xbox 360 Gaming Platform

Sky has officially unleashed its player for the Xbox 360 gaming console today with packages starting from £15 per month, depending on the channels included in the deal.

A significant number of channels will be included in the deal with the likes of ESPN, Sky Sports, Sky Movies, Gold, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. More additions are likely to come at a later stage as Sky is trying to broker a few more additional deals - there are already 24 channels available at launch.

Announced earlier this year, the arrival of Sky on the Xbox 360 comes a few days after the service provider had announced that Windows 7 OS will have Sky Player integrated by default, enabling users to stream live content immediately.

Existing Sky subscribers will get the offer for free and those new to the service will be charged £15. Interestingly you do not need to have a satellite TV dish to access the content, making it ideal in densely populated areas where reception can be bad.

Sky has also released a Sky Player bundle which will cost £30 and provide the user with a remote control, three months Xbox Live Gold subscription and one month Sky Player subscription.

Microsoft UK’s senior director of Entertainment and Devices Neil Thompson said in a statement that “Today our customers enjoy film, music, videos and games on Xbox 360 and TV is another significant step forward in our entertainment vision”.

Our Comments

The interesting fact here is that Sky will be able to capture a few more thousand subscribers as it inches even closer to the magical 10 million users figure. Furthermore, one can be certain that they will also be discussing with Sony to get Sky on the Playstation 3. In a way, it reminds us of the Netflix episode as well.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.