Sky EPG gets a 2006 facelift

A new condition called Sky Paralysis - whereby the victim sits frozen before the 500+ TV channels on offer - is about to be remedied by Murdoch’s sate

A new condition called Sky Paralysis - whereby the victim sits frozen before the 500+ TV channels on offer - is about to be remedied by Murdoch’s satellite empire with a spanking new Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).

Starting at the end of Feb, the revamped guide will allow Sky’s 8 million Sky subscribers to create a personalised grid of their favourite 50 channels. When you press the blue remote button, it’ll show the full seven-day TV listings for your chosen channels.

If you’ve previously been thwarted in your attempts to track down your favourite badger programmes, fear not - documentary channels now have their own dedicated categories, along with radio and shopping channels. The channel numbers are also being re-jigged to reflect the new genres.

It all caps off a busy start to the year for Sky. Its other resolutions came to fruition with the launch of Sky by Mobile (story here) and the even more interesting Sky by Broadband.

Since our news story we’ve had a little play with the new video download service, and overall we’re impressed. The content is split into two categories, Sky Sports and Sky Movies, and the user interface is much cleaner and less gaudy than its TV counterpart.

Films take about an hour to download, and video quality sits respectably between VHS and DVD. Our only real quibble is the movies themselves – there’s still too much Independence Day bombast, and not enough independent sleeper hits.

Sky currently has a free dish and box offer for its satellite TV service and is offering Sky+ from £15 per month – head over to www.sky.com for more info.