The BBC and Sky have today announced plans to makes the BBC's hugely successful iPlayer catch-up TV service available to five million Sky homes in 2012.

The move comes as Sky announces plans to make its Anytime+ service available to customers regardless of their internet connection - currently the Anytime+ service is only open to Sky customers who subscribe to both Sky TV and Sky broadband. At present Sky Anytime+ lets qualifying customers access on demand entertainment and Sky movies content via their internet connection at no extra cost.

Sky's Chief Executive, Jeremy Darroch said: “Sky Anytime+ will go from strength to strength in 2012 and we are delighted that the addition of BBC iPlayer will allow Sky customers to enjoy the best of the BBC whenever they want.”

The new partnership with Sky is the latest of many deals that have been struck over the last few years. BBC iPlayer is currently available on Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat, Freeview, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii platforms as well as on countless other smartphones and tablets.

Mark Thompson, BBC's Director-General said this about the new partnership: “Having the BBC and Sky work together to further build on the BBC iPlayer success story can only be fantastic news for audiences. Making BBC iPlayer available on all platforms is key to our commitment to universal access and this agreement takes us one step further towards that goal. I’m delighted to take this first step on a story of innovation for both organisations.”