Sky is making its online video content available to users who don't subscribe to its TV package.

Currently only Sky TV customers can access its Sky Player service, which is similar to the BBC's iPlayer and offers web users the chance to watch Sky programmes after they have been broadcast.

However, now web users will be able to subscribe to any of a number of internet only packages that ensure they can view the content on their PC without having to subscribe to Sky's television package first.

"Launching in the next few months, the new Sky Player service will offer access to some of Sky's most popular channel brands as well as a selection of channels from other broadcasters. Some of the channels will be available from launch, with more being added to the service over time," said Mike Darcey, Sky's chief operating officer.

"While the laptop won't replace the TV experience for most people, we're creating more choices to allow customers to choose the option that suits their lifestyle."

Full details of channel line-up, pricing and availability date were not release but it is expecet that Sky1 and a number of film channels will be available through the service.