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Date Added: 2012-08-20 10:03:15
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Review: Sky Go - Does it deserve its retain its status as App of the year?
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Sky Go certainly has a number of advantages. The fact that it is available on practically all hand-held devices means it is applicable to both travelling and home-bound consumers. Equally, having tested the playback first-hand, I must concede that in terms of video quality, it does not disappoint together with set-up being simple for those who are not necessarily tech-saavy.
For those of you who are unaware, Sky Go is an on-line television service which is free to existing Sky TV customers and it is also available to non-Sky TV customers on a pay-per-watch basis. Indeed, it was launched in 2006 and gives you the chance to watch videos on-demand as well as live television on the move via a relatively strong internet connection. In addition, one is able to use Sky Go on two devices at the same time - a welcome feature since other streaming services such as Spotify do not allow this! In terms of what you are entitled to watch, generally you are permitted to view current news, sports highlights, TV programmes and various movies but it largely depends on your TV subscription.
Available on a huge a number of platforms
One conspicuos benefit Sky Go offers is compatiblity. Sky TV customers are able to watch Sky News, entertainment channels, Sky Sports and Movies as well as on-demand TV on virtually any device. It's available on your Laptop, PC, Apple Mac, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone as well as selected HTC and Samsung phones that support Android software versions over 2.2x! The latter of which gives Sky Go a market edge since pre-2012 it was only compatible with Apple products, so this broadening has certainly appeased those with Android-based hand-held devices! Therefore, it is a good investment since wherever you are, you can still watch your desired programmes and movies as if you were still at home watching it off your Sky+ box.
Stable video playback
For a true test of its video playback, I have tested out Sky Go in a number of areas myself and have to say that it is stable even when internet connectivity is sparse! When it is picking up a low internet connection - surprisingly - the video quality fares quite well. Indeed, it connected rather slowly but as soon as the connection was found, the stream was flowing and only stopped once during the hour I was using the application. Often, of course, individuals will use Sky Go most whilst travelling. I frequently use Sky Go on the train to various destinations as there is at least an hour to kill. One receives moderate internet connectivity on the train and the signal does falter especially when going through tunnels. Overall, given the signal drop-outs, playback was stable but at some points the quality was not fantastic. However, I could see the picture clearly and when the stream was lost it automatically re-connected within a ten-second period - so overall I'm very satisfied!
Ease of use
Setting up your Sky Go app is not a difficult task. All you need to do is create a Sky ID and password, download Microsoft Silverlight - as this is what the app is run on - and then download the app itself. From there you can go to the "on now" tab and you will be able to see what you're able to stream live and while below there is an "Anytime" tab where can watch any TV programmes and movies on-demand.
Exclusively for Sky TV customers.
One considerable drawback is that you must be a Sky TV customer to be able to download and utilise this application. Thus, if you work out the actualities, it is pretty costly. For instance, to have Sky Movies per month costs around £30 ($50). So it is not usable for any other consumers with other television packages with other companies such as Virgin or British Telecom.
What you watch is solely in line with your Sky TV Package.
On Sky Go, what you are able to watch is entirely dependent on what your Sky TV package includes. So, if you have a basic package you cannot watch Sky Movies or Sky Sports and to watch news channels you can actually go to the sites themselves such as the BBC to stream it live! Therefore, it could be argued that it is misleading as you cannot watch all these TV programmes and films unless you pay the large sum per month for the comprehensive BSkyB package.
Sky Go certainly has a number of advantages. The fact that it is available on practically all hand-held devices means it is applicable to both travelling and home-bound consumers. Equally, having tested the playback first-hand, I must concede that in terms of video quality, it does not disappoint together with set-up being simple for those who are not necessarily tech-saavy. Nevertheless, SkyGo is - as mentioned above - exclusively for fee-paying Sky TV customers, so it dramatically narrows its markets as you cannot buy the application on its own and thus must have a subscription to its services (which could cost over £80 a month!). It is nonetheless a great application and I strongly recommend it to you since if you have the Sky TV package, it's a no-brainer, while if you are on another package - such as Virgin - perhaps this may actually persuade you to change to Sky.
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