[intro] You may have noticed a change in your SkyHD box last night. Its brain just got a little bit bigger [/intro]
Despite claiming to have given up TV for lent, I have been indulging in some sneaky-peekies of late, but purely in the interest of research, you understand. And late last night, the God of TV poked his fingers through the heavens as reward.
"Behold! " he boomed "Thou shalt have bestowed upon you extra channels of entertainment and movies that will begin playing upon your command.
"I shall give you dramas such as Lost, films such as Sin City and Cinderella Man, and constantly updated content to keep your tiny mind amused! But remember – thou must have the appropriate Sky subscription to access all Anytime channels, lest a terrible disappointment befall thee!"
So I thanked him and watched Brian Wilson perform Pet Sounds live. Which was nice.
But honestly though, even without the PCP, Sky Anytime is a neat enough idea. If you happen to have a Sky HD box (or soon, newer Sky+ owners), you should've seen a little red button appear stealthily at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen last night. At present, the content's not massive and some may baulk at the imposition of content being chosen for you, but the range is esoteric enough to hold your attention when you've had your fill of flicking. Just press select and your choice of programme will begin playing for you tout suite.
With nearly every single TV provider now offering some sort of VoD service, as well as loads of extra downloadable content, there's no doubt that we will soon be free from the tyranny of the scheduler. But will we drown in a sea of choice? Evolve a giant thumb and the attention span of a hummingbird? I turned to ask the big man, but sadly he was already off bestowing somewhere else...
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