BBC iPlayer launches on Sky Q as part of new partnership
James R | On 12, Nov 2019
The BBC iPlayer app and connected red-button service are now available on Sky Q, as part of a new partnership that will see the two broadcasters collaborate across content and technology.
Sky viewers have long been able to enjoy BBC content on-demand via an integrated catch-up service across Sky+ and Sky Q. This new collaboration will enable Sky customers to watch BBC programmes via the BBC iPlayer app or by pressing the red button when watching a BBC channel, as well through Sky’s integrated service.
Sky customers will also have easier access to BBC children’s content with popular shows from CBBC and CBeebies – including The Dumping Ground, The Worst Witch and Topsy & Tim – available as box set series across the Kids section of Sky Q.
The broadcasters are also exploring a range of other partnership opportunities, including the availability of BBC Sounds on Sky and NOW, to offer more to Sky customers and licence fee payers, as well as committing to BBC content being available on Sky’s TV platform.
The BBC and Sky are also in early stage exploration to use PromoSmart, powered by AdSmart Sky’s targeting technology, to serve up more personalised promotional content to BBC viewers. In practice, this will mean that viewers in different households could be shown different trailers for BBC content that are more relevant to their interests during the breaks between programmes when watching BBC channels live.
Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & Ireland, Sky, says: “We are pleased to be working with the BBC on such a broad-ranging partnership – it is a great example of how UK broadcasters can work together for the benefit of viewers and the industry. We are continuing to explore, together with the BBC, how it could use Sky’s innovative technology to help it better connect with licence-fee payers for the long term.“
Bob Shennan, Group Managing Director, BBC, adds: “We’re thrilled that viewers who watch our programmes on Sky will now be able to enjoy the full BBC iPlayer experience, and to access our full red-button service.“