The movie download service from Sky, which allows subscribers to its Sky Movies 1 & 2 channels to download films over their broadband connections seems to be proving popular. The company is reporting 125,000 subscribers have joined since the launch on 10th January 2006 according to HomeCinemaChoice.com.
The service works by installing a download application on your PC, which lets you download content from a catalogue of 300 movies at present. The material is distributed using peer to peer technology, which means as you are downloading content, others are uploading it from you. Therefore as more people subscribe to the service the speed of download should improve. The downside is that as well as the download usage which is around 500MB (MegaBytes) per movie, you may have uploaded close to this amount of data. A few years ago this was not a concern, but with the advent of fair use policies and pay as you go broadband, people would be wise to watch the amount of usage from the Sky software.
The service is due to expand its catalogue to cover around 500 films shortly, with the eventual aim being to offer 1,000 titles for download.
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