NEWS: Sky enhances its Anytime PC service

Sky has launched a new version of Sky Anytime on PC. The on-demand service now offers documentary programmes as a new genre for viewers to download, and has also been made easier to use with enhanced functionality.

The range of content available on the service has expanded to include programming from third party channels for the first time including National Geographic Channel; Nat Geo Wild; The History Channel; The Biography Channel and Crime & Investigation Network.

In addition, Sky Real Lives will also join the Sky channel portfolio now comprising Sky One, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky Arts.

Sky Anytime on PC is now web-browser based, which makes searching for programmes easier. Users can now browse content from without having to log on first.

This also means the service can be accessed remotely - from a work PC, internet cafe or even if you're in a wi-fi area. Users can trigger content to start downloading on their home PC ready to view when they get home.

Sky Anytime on PC will also now be available for non-Sky customers, making top shows from channels including Sky One, and Sky Arts available to everyone on a buy to own basis.

Sky Sports extended highlights and clips will also be available for £5 a month. Non-Sky customers will be able to download episodes that they then own, from top series such as Lost and Journeyman for a one off fee.

Other improvements to the service include:

• It is quicker and easier to install, as software automatically checks your computer's compatibility before set-up.

• Sky Anytime on PC can be linked from many of Sky's of websites.

• The service is now available with Windows Vista.

In a separate development, Sky News has developed an iPhone-friendly version of its website's homepage. iPhone owners can now get the latest news from in a clear, more user-friendly layout.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.