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Sky Player Comes To FetchTV STBs

BSkyB customers will be able to watch Sky content through Sky Player on their FetchTV boxes which are currently on sale at a number of high street stores - including DSGi ones - for around £219 although the price of the box on FetchTV's website is only £180.

The Sky video on demand service is included as part of the package of paid-for Sky users; those on FreesatfromSky won't be able to get it which means that you will have to fork at least £15 per month to access it.

The box (opens in new tab) is presented as a hybrid design that includes a Freeview+ Digital TV recorder (with two tuners), onboard WiFi, HDMI, USB, Ethernet and SCART connectors, a 160GB hard disk drive and the ability to stream content from BBC iPlayer and other DLNA-compatible devices (computers, NAS etc).

Interestingly, FetchTV, which relies on its Smartbox 8000, may offer video on demand movies at some point in time. FetchTV is an altogether commendable peripheral for those looking to get an all in one solution for their viewing needs.

Still, it would be better if FetchTV could get two Freeview HD tuners and a 802.11n/GbE ethernet connectivity plus a bigger hard drive. The 3View box in this case, which is available for around £300, might be a better solution for those looking for a more future proof model.

Désiré Athow

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.