Sky has added a couple of Netflix-style features to its user interface. The good news? They make binge-watching that much easier. And the bad? They make binge-watching that much easier. Goodbye weekend...
Download All adds a whole series to your planner and downloads the first two episodes automatically. It then makes sure you always have two episodes cued up and ready to watch.
Watch Next lets you start the next episode in a series by just pressing the green button. It's just like Netflix's Post-Play feature. It means no more going into the menu to select the next episode – as soon as the credits roll, just hit the green button and the next episode will start.
These two features come as part of a firmware update. This also includes some visual improvements. New Series, Suggestions, Search and TV Box Sets sections will now show programme art, while Movies are listed in order of expiry date, making sure you don't miss out before they disappear into the ether.
Suggestions is also improved with eight recommendations based on what's already in your Planner.
Michele Swaine, Sky's director of product development, said: "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. We're committed to giving customers the choice of how they enjoy the shows they love whether that's live TV or moving from episode to episode of your favourite box set. Customers can look forward to some really exciting updates in 2016 to Sky+."
This is part of an overhaul for Sky+ customers, making the UI more visual and more usable, following the rollout of Sky Q.
The update is on its way to customers from today, but won't reach everyone until late spring.