Sky is adding one of the best features of Netflix for effortless binge watching
Binge-viewers: Your life just got even easier. Sky is introducing a feature that will let viewers instantly start watching the next episode of a boxset just as the previous one ends.
The addition introduces to Sky a feature that Netflix customers have enjoyed for years: allowing seamless progress from one episode of a series to the next.
The broadcaster has added several on-demand features to Sky+ amid the rise of online viewing, but has missed the effortless ability to jump from one episode to the next without returning to a menu.
t essentially means that Sky customers, should they wish, will be able to watch an entire series from start to finish, their only exertion being pressing the green button on their remotes once an hour.
Sky is beginning to install the first Sky Q boxes – an upgrade on Sky+ that comes with new software and features – but still plans to bring several updates to the older platform this year. Sky Q itself has a similar feature that lets viewers watch the next show by swiping the new touch remote.
How the ‘Watch Next’ feature works
Over the coming weeks, Sky will introduce an update to Sky+ that allows viewers to line up a boxset for downloading (because Sky shows content that is stored on the box, rather than streaming it, shows must be downloaded before watching).
Selecting the “Download All” option for an on-demand series will mean the Sky box downloads the first two episodes of a boxset.
After watching the first episode of a series, a notification will pop up on screen telling viewers to press the green button to watch the next episode. As soon as the first episode in a series starts playing, the third starts downloading, so the next episode is always available to watch right away.
As long as your box is connected to broadband, the update should be available by “late Spring” according to Sky, although some viewers will get the feature sooner.