All-new design for Sky+ Homepage with Top Picks

20th Jul 2016

Picture of the new Sky+ Homepage with Top picks

We're updating Sky+ to bring lots of improvements to existing features in your Sky Guide, to make your experience with Sky even better. If your Sky+HD box is compatible, you’ll receive this update over the next few weeks. As part of this we’ll be making changes to how you get to your Accessibility settings so read on to find out more.

The latest update introduces editorial Top Picks to the Sky+ Homepage. The new section gives you recommendations on the best new TV from entertainment channels such as Sky Atlantic and FOX. Plus, depending on your subscriptions picks will include addictively good box sets like Sex and the City, sporting highlights, kids’ favourites and the latest movies.

Along with the newly designed Homepage, new features also being introduced are:

  • Download next: Sit back and enjoy episode after episode of box sets including Entourage and Desperate Housewives. When you start watching an episode from a series, if the next episode is available it will automatically start to download into your planner.
  • Continue watching: A new Continue tab in the Planner will let you easily pick up where you last left off in an episode or series from shows including The Catch, Outcast and Agatha Raisin.

Not only this, you can look forward to a great line up of TV on Sky this summer including Ray Donovan, Nashville, Spectre and The 2016-2017 Premier League. In May, Sky+ customers set Sky’s new record for box set bingeing on the platform, as downloads hit nearly 60million in the month as they settled into epic dramas including Game of Thrones and Billions.

Luke Bradley-Jones, Director of TV and content products commented: “We know that customers are watching even more TV, and with every update to Sky+ we’re making it even better. Since the Homepage was launched on demand viewing has increased by 209%. That’s why we’re introducing Top Picks, a brand new Homepage section, telling our customers about even more fantastic shows, both live and On Demand, recommended by our TV experts.”

Services landing page showing the accessibility settings

Other changes being introduced as part of the update are: 

  • A newly designed Services Homepage allows you to customise the Sky Guide. We created a new page bringing together your Accessibility, Parental Control & PIN, Radio, Settings Options, Get Sky Products, My Account and Help menus. Simply press on the Services button on your remote control to access it.
  • Remember that in the Accessibility tile you can highlight content with subtitles or audio description on your TV guide, turn subtitles and Audio Description ON, and set the higher colour contrast and bolder font look and feel for your Sky+ interface.
  • Viewing progress bar: A new blue bar will appear across recordings in the Planner highlighting how much of a programme you have watched

  • The Radio section can now be found in the new Radio tab in the TV Guide

  • Search is now located at the top of the Homepage where you’ll be able to search for any of your favourite shows

The new features come as part of a series of updates to Sky+ that include Download All and Watch Next functions introduced earlier this year. Even more features will follow as part of Sky’s continued commitment to put great TV and technology at the heart of Sky+. 

Notes

To make the most of the recent updates, Sky customers need to connect their Sky+HD box to their home broadband. Visit sky.com/connect for more information. 

Download Next: the next episode will automatically be scheduled to download when a customer plays back an on demand programme from Catch Up, Sky Box Sets, Top Picks, Kids or Sports. An on screen message highlighting this feature will be shown on the first playback of on demand content. The feature will be switched on by default, but it is possible to switch this off through a new ‘Auto Download’ setting in the Customise menu.  You can find this by choosing Services, then Options and highlighting the Customise tab.

 ‘Top Picks’ titles are editorially selected, will be updated regularly, and will include on demand and linear programmes. The titles shown are also based on the customer’s subscription package, and contain content both from Sky and other providers.

Picture of the Continue Watching Tab