Subscribers to UK satellite TV provider Sky have just gained a new way to watch TV. Sky Go is a free app from the broadcaster that enables subscribers to access various channels on their Android phones at no additional cost. This is something that has been available to iPhone and iPad users for some time, and Android users now have the same option – although there is slightly patchy support for different devices.
In fact the app, at time of writing, is only compatible with seven handsets, all of which are phones is not a great start. There is currently no support for any tablets, nor indeed support for any devices running Ice Cream Sandwich. This is something that will hopefully be addressed in future updates to the app as in the coming month there are Ice Cream Sandwich update scheduled for a number of the currently supported phones. A lack of support for larger screen tablets also seems like a serious oversight when the app is concerned solely with watching television.
The channels that you have access to depends on the type of Sky subscription you have, but there are total of 22 channels to choose from. This includes a number of sports and movie channels as well as arts, news and general entertainment. The app can be used over a wifi or a data connection, but with a recommended minimum continuous connection speed of 500Kb per second this is likely to be something you only use when in range of a wireless network.
There are a few other restrictions to keep in mind before you get too excited about the app. If you live outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland, you’re not going to be able to make use of Sky Go and if you have rooted your phone, you are again out of luck. Despite a number of issues, if you are a Sky users, this app is a free perk so you may as well take a look to see if it could enhance your viewing experience.
You can find out more by paying a visit to the Sky Go review page.