Tue, 28 Feb 2012 Sky Go for iOS review
This free app from Sky TV lets you watch a selection of great channels for free.
- Manufacturer: BSkyB
- Pros: Adjusts picture quality to bandwidth; crisp design; quick to get started; watch Sky anywhere
- Cons: Limits device numbers
- Price: Free
- Star rating:
Want to watch Sky Sports on your iPhone or iPad? With this ace app you can. You need to have a Sky Sports subscription, but if you do you can watch a selection of Sky channels wherever you go in the UK.
The Sky Go app is free to download for iPhones and iPads and will work with a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. Common sense tells you that using this app through a 3G connection isn’t as good as it is over Wi-Fi, but what’s clever about this app is that it will automatically adjust the quality of your picture depending on your connection speed; which in turn means that instead of the live stream jumping and buffering it will just alter the picture quality accordingly. In short, the video quality is as good as you allow it to be.
Before we get carried away and start thinking this is the best thing ever (which it nearly is), the app doesn’t feature every channel that you have on your Sky box at home – you’ll need a Slingbox for that. But what it does bring is live streams of all the Sky Sports channels and 11 Sky Movies channels (depending on your Sky subscription).
A new on-demand feature has been introduced to the latest version of the app. Not only do you get access to live sports and movies from your iOS device for no extra cost, but now you can access hundreds of on-demand movies too.
The design of the app is crisp and very Sky-like, so if you’re a bit of a technical dummy, there’s no need to worry. The interface is idiot-proof and clearly labelled, so there isn’t a chance that you won’t be able to work it. It’s even a pretty painless task creating your Sky iD for the first time (which you need to log in); if you know your name, where you live and what debit/credit card you pay your bill with, then you’ll be ready to go in no time.
The only downside to Sky Go is that each Sky account can only have two registered apps/iOS devices. So if you are part of a family of four or live with more than one housemate, there’s going to be an argument about who gets access to the Sky Go apps.