With the news that Netflix is being brought to Virgin Media's TiVo boxes, Sky needs to cook up some sort of response. That's why the broadcaster has thrown some money around to offer those premium US dramas everyone raved about before Breaking Bad (The Wire, The Sopranos and Mad Men). If you own a Sky+HD box and use Sky Go, you can now binge down on those shows, plus offerings like Seinfeld and Boardwalk Empire. The new collections will be added from tomorrow, nestled alongside existing domestic fare like I'm Alan Partridge and The Inbetweeners. At the same time, Sky has let slip that more channels will be coming to its Catch-Up TV service including Discovery, Star, Watch, G.O.L.D. and E! -- hopefully meaning we'll never again miss an episode of The Soup ever again.
Exclusive and award-winning TV series including The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos to join Sky's growing TV Box Set collection
From 1st October, Sky customers will find a wide range of the latest and greatest complete TV Box Sets being added to Sky's ever-expanding TV Box Set collection.
And as well as being able to pick exactly when to watch, customers will also have the flexibility of choosing where to watch, with all the Box Sets available on both the main TV set via a Sky+HD box, alongside selected series on their mobile devices with Sky Go.
Exclusive box sets on TV and on Sky Go
Entertainment Extra+ customers can look forward to almost a hundred series of TV Box Sets joining the service this autumn, with some exclusive highlights only available on Sky, including:
• The Wire (Complete box set - series 1-5, Sky Atlantic, from 1st Nov)
• The Sopranos (Complete box set - series 1-6, Sky Atlantic, from 1st Dec)
• Game of Thrones (Series 1& 2, Sky Atlantic, from 1st Oct)
• Mad Men (Series 1-3, Sky Atlantic, from 1st Oct)
• Seinfeld (Series 8, Sky Atlantic, from 1st Oct, and series 9 from 1st Nov)
Customers will be able to pick and choose from a wide range of Box Sets including the latest, most-talked about series like Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Hannibal, through to some all-time greats and modern classics like the complete series box set of The Wire, The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
The new line-up has a comprehensive range of British comedies from Sky, terrestrial channels and third parties including I'm Alan Partridge, An Idiot Abroad and Extras to The Inbetweeners, Derek and Teachers. Fans of thrillers and whodunnits can choose from terrestrial series such as Poirot, and Mrs Biggs, Fox's The Walking Dead and series on Sky like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Blue Bloods and Friday Night Lights.
12 new channels also being added to UK's biggest Catch Up TV service
Sky customers already have access to the UK's biggest Catch Up TV service at no extra cost, and now it's set to get even bigger. By the end of the year customers will see the following 12 new channels joining Sky's Catch Up service: Discovery, TLC, E!, Star, Watch, GOLD, Dave, Alibi, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and Sky News.
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky's Brand Director of TV Products, comments: "We know how important it is for our customers to have the flexibility to watch the shows everyone is talking about when it suits them. That's why this autumn we are introducing more TV series to our TV Box Set service, to ensure we have Box Sets of the latest and greatest shows ready for customers to catch up on whenever they want.
"So whether you missed out on the moves of McNulty in the Wire first time around, or just want some pure escapism by indulging on the complete series of Mad Men, you'll find it on your Sky+ box, ready for you whenever you are. All Sky+HD customers can enjoy all that on demand has to offer by simply connecting their set-top box to broadband. And the great news is that it's easy to get set up, thanks to our nifty wireless connectors."
The recent introduction of Sky+ HD boxes with built-in Wi-Fi means it is even easier for even more customers to access a world of entertainment when they want. Once connected to their home broadband customers can join millions of customers who already are making the most of Sky's On Demand service for no extra monthly cost, including up to the last 30 days of TV from the UK's biggest Catch Up TV service, Sky's latest Box Sets, and hundreds of movies from Sky Movies and Sky Store.