Sky's impressive sounding video on demand service, Anytime+, is to go live on 26 October.

The platform, which works via Sky's broadband network and your existing Sky HD+ box, means that the broadcasting giant will finally have a VoD service to rival that of Virgin Media's.

Sky Anytime+ is free for existing Sky subscribers and will offer a choice of over 600 movies as well as TV programming (including box sets) from not only Sky, but HBO as well. Sopranos marathon weekend here we come.

Obviously, to get movies you'd need a movie subscription package and the same for sports.

The UI is very similar to what you'll already be used to with your Sky HD EPG, and uses thumbnail images and comprehensive search options (such as by channel, or by genre) so you can find exactly what you're after.

The content is piped down your broadband line, and some shows will even be stored on your box in advance so you don't need to download them.

"Sky Anytime+ demonstrates the benefit of being able to use the best combination of distribution platforms in delivering what our customers want", said Stephen van Rooyen, Sky’s deputy MD of marketing.

"Through Sky Broadband customers can now explore a rich library of programming to watch on-demand through their TVs. Meanwhile satellite continues to satisfy the increasing demand for high bandwidth services like HD and 3D, and Sky+ continues to help customers define their own schedules from the best of the week’s TV".

If you're a Sky HD+ customer, and you've got your broadband through Sky, then check out the Anytime+ guide to see how you can get access from the 26 October.