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Sky Active was the brand name for interactive features on Sky Digital and was available in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It enabled a viewer to interact with TV content, respond to an advertisement or access internet-based services.

The service replaced Open.... ,which helped launch Sky Digital's interactive content, and launched many other features that viewers saw such as games, emailing and shopping via their TV, in 2001. Existing Open... keyboard peripherals could be used with the Sky Active service, as well as the Sky Navigator (combining the functions of a keyboard with a Sky+ remote; the typical remote keypad would flip open on a panel to reveal the full keyboard) and the Sky Gamepad (a simple controller device intended for the system's games, most notably Beehive Bedlam). Unlike Open..., Sky Active focused more on Sky-related products and services, including Sky Vegas and At the Races, as well as full interactive services for Sky Movies, Sky Sports and Sky News.[1] Chat sessions were held around major programming. Email could still be done with talk21 as with Open..., but Yahoo! and Demon email accounts were now supported as well. Integration with mobile phones was also introduced, allowing users to download ringtones, send SMS messages from their Digiboxes, and receive alerts from Sky News and Sky Sports on their phone.[2]

It could be accessed by pressing the red button on a Sky Digital remote, while watching any Sky Digital channel. Alternatively, there was an entry in the "Interactive" area of the EPG. Sky Active, like the rest of the Sky Digital platform, was powered by the OpenTV interactive software. Also like Open..., the service relied on a telephone connection to work and charges would be levied (as premium rate) based on the calls placed by the Digibox modem, though the channel-specific services (like Sky Sports Active) were usually free. A telephone icon would appear on the screen and the necessary fees would be stated before the viewers went forward with their selection.[3][4]

In 2004, a major redesign saw the previous, text-heavy top page replaced by a visually-based front page, with a video magazine playing full-screen (surrounded by promotions, options and a scrolling ticker); the yellow button would take the user to a 16-screen video mosaic showcasing multiple options. The green button would take users to an alphabetical index of the entire service. This came about after feedback from viewers and a need to prioritize around different audiences, particularly in the daytime and late evening (the service's peak usage hours).[5]

Over time, as more and more people got access to the internet, outside products and services left Sky Active. The service, along with Sky Games, was shut down on 31 January 2015.[6] As of 2020, Beehive Bedlam, the service's signature game, has returned in the form of an app available to users of the Sky Q platform.[7]

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  1. ^ "Sky Active". web.archive.org. 15 April 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Sky Active". web.archive.org. 18 April 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Sky Active". web.archive.org. 9 April 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Sky Active". web.archive.org. 18 April 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  5. ^ Administrator, System (18 November 2004). "BSkyB creates interactive menu for Sky Active portal". Design Week. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Sky Games closing Jan. 31st - TV Forum". tvforum.uk. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  7. ^ August 2020, Henry St Leger 18. "Sky Q brings back one of its best games, Beehive Bedlam". TechRadar. Retrieved 28 August 2020.

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