Sky Player finally arrives on Xbox 360 today, giving users access to 24 premium channels for a monthly fee of £15.
To gain access to the service, you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold account, a minimum broadband connection of 2Mb and either a Sky TV or Sky Player subscription. If you’re already a subscriber to one of those services, the service is free as you’re already paying for it.
Xbox Live Silver members can also access Sky News for free, while a special Sky Player Retail bundle pack will be available in stores from today which will include one month of the Sky Sports subscription pack, a three-month Live Gold membership and a Media Remote for £29.99.
For your £15 a month you’ll be able to get the Entertainment Pack which gives you access to channels such as Sky One but if you want the Sports Pack, it’ll set you back an extra £19 a month. Pricey. Also, seeing as the UK’s broadband speeds aren’t exactly the best, there is currently no HD option for users.
This probably won’t be the last we’ll hear about Sky Player either, with the service expected to expand. Sky’s Sky’s Griff Parry said “More channels are being added all the time and we’re confident terrestrial broadcasters will join.” If Sky Player is a success on the Xbox 360, it’s not unlikely that the service could cross over to the PlayStation 3 much like Netflix has done recently.
Full channel list is after the jump.
Sky Real Lives
Sky Arts 1
Sky Sports News
Nat Geo Wild
Sky Sports 1
Sky Sports 2
Sky Sports 3
Sky Sports XTRA
ESPN (additional cost)
(Plus all sport video on-demand channels)
Sky Movies Screen 1
Sky Movies Screen 2
(Plus over 400 movies on-demand)