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Sky+ has been given its first update of the year to make it easier for consumers to binge-watch their favourite shows.

New features include a Download All function, so customers can select to move a full box set into their planner, with the first two episodes downloading automatically.

A Watch Next function has also been added, which means a "watch next episode" prompt will appear towards the end of a programme for those who have downloaded an entire series. 

By simply pressing the green button on their handset, the next episode will start straight away.

Other new features include more recognisable show images to help users decide what to watch, while movies in the Watchlist section are placed in order of when they expire, so consumers can be confident they won't miss out.

Sky Box Sets users are already enjoying shows such as Alan Partridge's Mid-Morning Matters and The Knick, while the new SHOWTIME drama Billions and The Tunnel: Sabotage are also being added to the service.

More exclusive programmes are to come later in the year, joining the ranks of established hits such as The Walking Dead, Twin Peaks and The Blacklist.

Michele Swaine, Director of Product Development at Sky, commented: "We’re introducing even more features that reflect the changing TV habits of our customers.

"Up to 95 per cent of viewing of dramas, for example, can take place after the episode is shown live as people increasingly choose to enjoy shows on demand."

Ms Swaine said Sky is committed to providing customers more choice concerning how they enjoy their favourite shows, both on live TV and if they choose to watch episodes of their favourite box sets.

"Customers can look forward to some really exciting updates in 2016 to Sky+," she added.

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