Review Title: Sky Go
Sky Go (formerly called Sky Player) lets Sky subscribers watch live TV channels including Sky Movies and Sky Sports as well as a massive collection of on-demand streaming on computer PC and Mac. The service is also available on up to two registered devices that include iPhone, iPad and selected Android smartphones and tablets using the Sky Go app.
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Date Added: 2012-08-20 10:03:15
Main Category: Movies & TV Shows
All Categories: Pay to View, General, Entertainment, Movies & TV Shows, Documentaries, Sports, Football

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Sky Go is owned by: Sky

Other Sky TV Channels: Challenge TV, Sky 3D, Sky Arts, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Movies, Sky News, Sky Sports, Sky1, Sky2
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Other Sky apps: NOW TV, Sky News, Sky Sports TV
 Sky Go app available
Take your Sky TV service with you using the Sky Go app. The service lets Android smartphone users watch Sky content both live and on-demand. The app is free... More

Sky Go app is available on these devices:
iPad 2, Nexus, MAC Computer, Windows PCs, The new iPad, Surface


Country: UK
Sky Go Is available in: UK
Visits Today: 500
Total Visits: 21481
Tags: Pay to View, General, Entertainment, Movies & TV Shows, Documentaries, Sports, Football
User Rating: User Rating 3.0 (3.0) Totals: ( 9 2)
WorldTVPC Rating: WorldTVPC Rating 4.0 (4.0)

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Review: Sky Go - Does it deserve its retain its status as App of the year?

Author: Steve Sanger - 4 Sept 2012

Pros


Available on a huge a number of platforms
Stable video playback
Ease of use
   

Cons


Limited and somewhat obselete content
Exclusively for Sky TV customers
What you watch is solely in line with your Sky TV Package
   

In this review


Introduction
Available on a huge a number of platforms
Stable video playback
Ease of use
Exclusively for Sky TV customers
What you watch is solely in line with your Sky TV Package
Verdict

Quick Verdict - WorldTVPC Rating: WorldTVPC Rating 4.0 (4.0)


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.

Sky Go Review

Introduction

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.

Advantages

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.

Disadvantages

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.

Verdict

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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User Comments & Reviews for Sky Go - Total 5
Reviewer: Maurice J. - location: Essex - Date Added: 2013-01-21 04:08:32
Rating: (1.0) - 2 0
Summary: Boo. Wheres Android support
Review: This service sounds great - unless you own an android. Why cant this big company get Sky Go working on Android yet? Its pathetic and im sick of it.
Reviewer: zaza - location: leeds - Date Added: 2013-01-21 04:06:33
Rating: (4.0) - 2 2
Summary: great service hundreds of movies and shows
Review: Sky Go lets subscribers watch over 30 of the Sky channels live or on demand on mobile devices. It is great and simple to use and offers a range of programming from latest movies, sports, entertainment and kids shows. The great thing about this app is that as well as the live channels, you also have hundreds of movies and TV episodes/series to stream on demand.
Reviewer: Bradley - location: UK - Date Added: 2013-01-21 03:56:44
Rating: (4.5) - 2 0
Summary: Yo Steve.
Review: Watching premier league is as easy as running sky go and clicking the sports channels to find the football
Reviewer: Razza - location: Newcastle, UK - Date Added: 2012-08-27 14:11:15
Rating: (3.5) - 2 0
Summary: Watch footy on Sky Go
Review: You can watch whatever is on Sky sports on Sky Go. But you have to be a Sky subscriber and you can only watch the one match thats on.
Reviewer: Steve - location: UK - Date Added: 2012-08-27 13:13:03
Rating: (4.0) - 1 0
Summary: How do i watch premier league??
Review: Hi all, can someone tell me how i watch premier league football on this??
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