NDS has revealed that BSkyB has deployed a customised implementation of NDS’ advanced set-top box software for its Sky+HD boxes. As well as enabling the launch of Sky’s Anytime+ VoD service, the component based architecture of the set-top box software enables Sky to evolve the complete end-user experience to meet changing customer needs faster than ever.
Sky Anytime+ complements the existing Sky Anytime push VoD service with a comprehensive catalogue of on-demand content available to Sky Broadband customers. Using NDS STB software and end-to-end progressive download technology to power its on demand service, Sky is able to deliver VoD content over Sky’s own broadband network direct to the customer’s set-top box.
Once enough content is delivered to the DVR, playback can commence – allowing for the remainder of the content to be delivered in the background.