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Sky axes Acetrax

UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has confirmed that it will shortly be closing Acetrax, the Zurich-based VOD service it bought exactly a year ago.

The Acetrax service will start to be gradually phased out on June 21st, according to an official notice on its website, which adds that customers will be able to keep some (but not all) of their existing movie purchases.

Only films purchased in SD on a Windows computer can be kept (though users must re-download them first) – those in HD or purchased from a Mac will disappear, though Sky offers a refund here.

The technology behind the Acetrax service is now being integrated into Sky’s over-the-top (OTT) services ‘Sky Go’ (for its satellite customers) and ‘Now TV’ (for non-satellite customers).

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