European pay-TV giant Sky has added more content offerings to its next-gen Sky Q service just before launch, inking deals with online video firms Barcroft TV, Electus and Funny Or Die.
Due for launch in early 2016, Sky Q is intended to offer a range of sports, films and entertainment content, complemented by video apps and online video. The service will allow viewers to watch shows from a box, whether live, recorded or on-demand, either on a TV or another set or a connected device such as a tablet, and also to watch different programmes on up to five screens simultaneously while also recording four other channels. The service will be Ultra HD ready in advance of the launch of what Sky promises to be the UK’s most comprehensive 4KTV service later in 2016.
Barcroft TV will offer new and classic short-form factual films, depicting what it calls ‘the amazing side of life’. Films include a look at nature with the Natural World and Animal, as well as Heart Warmers and Adventure Sport categories.
Home to CollegeHumor, one of the most viewed comedy channels on YouTube, and Dorkly, the fastest growing site in fandom culture, Electus Digital will bring to Sky Q the series Hardly Working and Today in Nerd History with Tony Wilson. In addition, Electus Digital’s library content will be available on Sky Q, including the classic series Jake and Amir, Troopers, The Britishes (Downton Abbey inspired comedy sketches). Funny Or Die claims to be a leading comedy destination with celebrity videos, and topical political commentary plus plenty more. Ryan Gosling, Helen Mirren and Samuel L. Jackson are some of the celebrities that feature.
“Today’s announcement is about adding even more brilliant content to Sky Q’s curated online video section which is exciting because it means customers will have even more things they love to watch, from blockbuster drama right through to the best of the web,” commented Sky director of new products Andrew Olson.