Sky Go Review
by on November 11, 2011
There’s only one way to watch Sky Sports on your iOS device, and that’s using the new Sky Go app. It replaces the much-maligned Mobile TV app, which had the cheek to demand you pay money for it, even if you were already paying a monthly fee for Sky TV and Sky Player.
Things are far more civilised these days, though, because Sky Go gives all Sky subscribers access to their channels on up to two devices at a time at no extra cost. Those two devices could be any combination of iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac and Xbox 360. The app itself is a fairly simple affair, which is exactly what we’d want from an app like this; put the content at the forefront and leave the app stuff in the background. That said, the app doesn’t give you access to as many channels as the other devices, so you’re limited to Sky Sports 1 to 4, Sky News, Sky Sports News, and four Sky Movies channels – though more will appear over time.
The app is compatible with AirPlay, but only for audio, which is a bummer, nor can you use the iPad 2’s HDMI adapter to plug into a TV.
Streaming video quality is excellent over Wi-Fi, it’s as good as you’ll ever need it to be. Over 3G, though, you might as well not bother – the app works, but quality tends to be unwatchable, especially on iPad. rnrnThe app has crashed on us a number of times since we started using it, but it’s not so often that it becomes a big problem, and streams start almost immediately when you select them. What’s more, you can pause the stream at any time and even rewind 30 seconds if you miss something crucial.
If you’re not a Sky subscriber, you’ll be able to pay for access to this service from August.
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