Sky to do movie downloads

Okay, let's take some bets on who's going to launch the first legal movie download service in the UK. Apple? Napster? Microsoft? No - Sky. Later this

Okay, let's take some bets on who's going to launch the first legal movie download service in the UK. Apple? Napster? Microsoft? No - Sky. Later this year, the satellite telly maestro will launch a PC-based download service for 200 new and classic films.There's also going to be a Sky Sports version which'll let you download footie highlights, interviews, news and archive clips to your 'puter. Both services will be free for £41-a-month subscribers (Sky's top package). Sky Movies World punters will get the movies service; Sky Sports World ones will get the sports service. We reckon Sky's finally woken up to the on-demand competition from HomeChoice, Telewest and NTL. All it needs to do next is work out a way to get those download movies onto your PC - Stuff's money is riding on 2006's hi-def capable Sky+ box as the likely candidate. There's no word yet on video format (we're guessing DivX or WMV) and you'll obviously need a broadband connection to access the services when they launch.