Sky broadband TV shuts out Macs

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: News and Press Releases
    Link: Sky broadband TV shuts out Macs
    Description:: This is the year that many broadcast companies intend to look to broadband as a way of delivering television to homes across the country. But Mac users may be left out of the equation.

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  2. maddav macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    "On the other hand, the BBC has confirmed to Macworld its online TV broadcasts will support Mac, as they "must remain platform neutral"."

    That's why I like the BBC, they're forced to be open to just about everyone.
  3. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    What a surprise! I went to investigate their trial out a few weeks ago and discovered this although it's disappointing to hear that even when it comes out of 'testing' there's no plans to support it - unlike the BBC.

    They do say that they'll see what customer response they get. So I've done my bit as a SKY subscriber and mailed them a request to consider a Mac version.
  4. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    being an ex-employee, i'm not at all surprised.
  5. tadunne macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2002
    Birmingham UK
    Tell them!

    I've sent customer services my request to get mac support. Got the ususal packaged message. If we all let them know then maybe they will do something about it?

    Apple should open up the itunes service so that broadcasters can user their delivery system to deliver their programming. This will make the service available on both windows and mac and everyone is happy!

    We can see the start of this with apples deals with universities and skynet (not the terminator kind)
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    What does Sky's service involve? Sky NZ is typically 5-10 years behind everyone else, we only got Sky+ late last year and it's a subset of what you guys get.
  7. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    It basically means that if you have broadband and a SKY subscription, you can download an app to one PC in your household and watch a selection of movies (or sports/movies if you have those subscriptions)

    More info here

    To be honest, it doesn't sound that compelling at the moment but if they move into more true time-shift TV, like the Beeb are planning, then it might be interesting. To be honest, the only reason I have SKY are the documentary channels occasionally and to get the NFL. If they were only timeshifting their own channels, I might never use it; but it's the principle of the thing!
  8. sreedy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    I'm just about to get SKY, it's being installed tomorrow and as I'm subscribing to both Movies and Sport this is a feature I'd love to be able to use. I believe not only do you have to have windows by you have to have XP.

    It is one of those frustrations as a mac user that many business just don't seem interested in supporting the OS, but I guess until the user base is significantly higher why do the need to bother. It's the one thing that stops me recommending Apple to my friends and family. I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy myself a cheap machine running XP.

    I'm not a big fan of SKY but where I live now it's the only option as there is no cable and freeview is rubbish.
  9. DoogieWoogie macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I sent them an email and this is their lame reply

    "Dear Douglas

    Thank you for your email regarding the alternative operating system for Sky by Broadband.

    I can confirm that there are no firm plans to expand compatibility to other operating system at this time. However, we will always consider customer feedback in our plans to enhance the product in the future.

    I am sorry that my response was not more positive and thank you for your interest in Sky by Broadband. Should you require further assistance, please contact me on the above email address or contact Sky by Broadband customer services on 0870 609 4508.

    Kind Regards

    Tracy Dorrian"
    Sky by Broadband

    I hate how they call it "alternative". If you want to send an email the address is
  10. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Huh... I didn't even get the courtesy of a reply. I'm getting more and more tempted just to cancel SKY when I get a new TV with Freeview built-in. I just don't watch enough TV to make it really worth it.
  11. welshbird macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2005
    I rang Sky to ask when a MAC version would be available, and my converstaion went something like this:

    Hello - I'd like to know when you will release a version of Sky-By-Broadband for MAC please?

    We have already launched this - you just need to upgrade to Windows XP

    No - you don't understand - I have a MAC; I won't ever have Windows XP.

    Then you won't be able to use this. You'll have to speak to MAC and get them to make the WinXp version work for you.


    I since emailed them, and got the standard reply as quoted above...

  12. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    That cracks me up. :D
  13. codo macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2006
    England, United Kingdom
    LOL! I love that. I just use a Freeview tuner - Sky is too pricey.

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