Sky Player built into Windows 7
Microsoft has pulled a rabbit out of the hat on Windows 7 launch day, with the announcement that Sky television services are being built into Windows Media Center.
The Sky Player will appear in the TV section of Media Center, allowing users to watch up to 24 live television channels and on-demand shows from the satellite broadcaster. It follows a similar deal to bring the Sky Player to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console.
Existing Sky customers who have Sky Multiroom or who are on the company’s Unlimited broadband package will be given unlimited access to the live TV channels and on-demand shows.
Non-Sky customers will have to pay to access the service, with channel packs starting from £15 per month, right through to £50 per month for every available channel.
Microsoft says users will need a broadband connection with an actual download throughput of at least 2Mbits/sec to take advantage of the Sky Player.
Media Center is available in every version of Windows 7, except for the netbook-oriented Starter edition.