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Sky Store lets you choose if you want a DVD or Blu-ray when you Buy & Keep a movie

Friday, October 27th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky Store customers are now getting more choice when they Buy & Keep a movie.

From this week, Sky Store users will be given the choice of buying and keeping just the HD digital version of a film, or adding a Blu-ray or DVD to arrive in the post.

To Buy & Keep just the digital version of an HD movie costs from £9.99, to buy the digital version and get a DVD in the post costs from £13.99, and the price of getting the digital version and a Blu-ray starts at £16.99.

Sky says the Buy & Keep feature often gives Sky Store customers the chance to download or stream a film before the DVD or Blu-ray even hits the shops, with some appearing on Sky Store just 12 weeks after leaving the cinema.

New releases include Wonder Woman, Fast & Furious 8 and The Mummy. Despicable Me 3 is available to Buy & Keep now and to rent from 6 November. Baby Driver will be there to Buy & Keep from tomorrow (27 October) and to rent from 13 November.

“Over the next few months Sky Store will give film fans more ways to watch the latest movies straight from the cinema however works best for them,” said Sky Store director Damien Read.

“Whether it’s Despicable Me 3 in digital only, The Mummy on DVD or Baby Driver on Blu-ray, there’s an option for everyone.”

You don't have to be a Sky customer

Sky Store also offers movies to rent from 99p and TV box sets including Peaky Blinders, Dr Foster and House of Cards to Buy & Keep from £9.99 a season.

You don’t have to be a Sky TV customer to access and use the Sky Store, but if you are it means you can access it directly through your Sky Q or Sky+ box.

Not all Sky+ boxes are compatible, so if you have one you’ll have to check what version you have.

To do this, press ‘Services’ on your Sky remote, choose ‘Settings’ then scroll right to highlight ‘Systems Details’. If your Version Number begins with 4F31xxx, you’re good to go.

Sky Store purchases can be viewed on up to four compatible devices

If you’re not a Sky TV customer you can find the Sky Store online or download the Sky Store app from the App Store or Google Play.

Purchases from the Sky Store can be viewed on up to four compatible devices, so you can watch through a Sky Q box but also on your tablet, mobile, laptop, NOW TV or Roku box, or smart TV.

TalkTalk, Virgin and BT all have TV 'stores'

If you’re not a Sky TV customer, you may want to consider the TalkTalk TV Store or the Virgin Media Store as an alternative. You don’t have to have broadband or a pay TV service from either company in order to use these services.

The TalkTalk TV Store lets you rent movies from £3.45 or buy them for keeps from £8.99. You can buy individual episodes of TV shows from £1.89 or entire seasons for £5.99.

You’ll need to start playing rentals within 30 days and will then have 48 hours to finish watching on up to two devices.

Buying a movie or TV show means you can keep it forever and ever – and watch on up to five compatible devices.

If you’re a TalkTalk TV customer your purchases will be automatically available to watch on your YouView box.

Virgin Media allows you to buy movies and box sets to watch either on a V6 Virgin TV box or on your laptop, mobile or tablet via the Virgin Media Store website.

The service is not available on Virgin’s older set top boxes (the V Box, V+ Box and V HD Box) but should be accessible from Virgin TiVO boxes soon.

You can watch purchases on up to five registered devices and if you buy a movie, a DVD will automatically arrive in the post.

Most of Virgin’s current ‘featured’ movies cost £13.99 but seem to start at around £7.99.

The BT TV Store is only available to BT TV customers. Films cost from £3.99 and individual episodes of TV shows cost from £1.89.

As well as being available on your BT TV box, anything bought through the service can also be watched on up to four devices through the BT TV Purchases app, which you can get from the App Store or Google Play.

As many people are now subscribed to at least one streaming service, before you jump into buying or renting a film from any of these services it's worth checking if it's been made available on Netflix, Amazon Prime or NOW TV.

Amazon also lets you buy or rent movies and TV shows individually when they're not included in a Prime subscription and is currently offering about 30% off what it deems to 'Halloween favourites'.

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