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Sky TV and broadband bundle subscribers are now able to access BBC iPlayer via their Sky+ service, it has been announced.

Millions of UK consumers will be able to watch their favourite BBC shows on-demand, directly on their TV, following the launch of the new application.

Up to 6.7 million homes with a Sky+HD box and broadband connection will be able to enjoy the catch-up service in their living rooms.

BBC iPlayer is now available alongside catch-up TV from Sky, ITV and Channel 5. In addition, Channel 4’s 4oD is scheduled to be added early in 2013.

In September 2012 alone, BBC iPlayer saw nearly 200 million requests for programmes - including 2.2 million for Doctor Who, one million for Citizen Khan and hundreds of thousands for Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Bad Education.

And by launching on Sky+, BBC iPlayer is now available on every major UK television platform, at no extra charge.

Luke Bradley-Jones, Director of TV Products at Sky, said the provider was "delighted" to have partnered with the BBC to bring the best of the broadcaster's output to its customers.

"We continue to put Sky customers in control," he stated.

"The addition of BBC iPlayer to Sky+ sits alongside a range of innovations including remote record, series link and now being able to use your iPad as a remote control."

Daniel Danker, General Manager of BBC Programmes and On-Demand, noted that iPlayer has had "a record-breaking year", with two billion requests for programmes in 2011, and nearly 200 million requests in September 2012 alone.

"Available on over 650 platforms and devices across PC, mobile, tablet and internet-connected TVs, we are delighted that iPlayer is now also available to millions of Sky+ homes," he stated.

Mr Danker explained that 20 per cent of all iPlayer use is already on the living room TV, and through the new partnership, this figure is set to further increase.

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