Sky Go is coming to your computers and phones and that - and it's free

13 June 2011


If you’ve been forking out to watch Sky’s mobile TV services on your phone, you soon won’t be. You might even feel a bit foolish for having done so in the first place.

That’s because Sky Go is coming, and it will allow ALL Sky subscribers to watch the output of the broadcasting behemoth on PC’s, laptops, mobiles and tablets for free, as of the 6th of July.

A Sky bigwig said: “The explosion of smartphones and tablets demonstrates the increasing consumer demand for accessing entertainment and communicating on the move. Clearly the consumer appetite is there, and it’s growing. In responding to that, and to create even more value, choice and flexibility for our customers, we are now going to offer online and mobile access to Sky content at no extra charge.”

Which may or may not translate as “Oh – no one wants to pay for Sky Sports on their mobile phone or for the flashy Sky News app on the iPad. We’d better just give it away, and probably sneak in a subscription price rise a couple of months later.”

Each subscriber will be able to register up to two devices that can be used to view live and on-demand content, on channels including all five Sky Sports, ESPN, Sky News, Sky Movies, Sky News, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts, MTV, Disney, GOLD, Nickelodeon, NatGeo, History, Eden and ESPN. What’s more, from August, non-subscribers will be able to get Sky Go subscriptions for between £15-£40 per month, removing the need for a satellite dish.

Until now, subscribers with multi-room were able to get Sky Player online for free but that won’t be the case now – which has got us wondering how many of you will can your multi-room and just watch Sky around the house on a portable electronic device.

TOPICS:   Technology   Freebies   Gadgets


  • Tony
    Wonder if Sky's servers have been beefed up to cope with the additional demand....
  • Delenn
    Sounds promising if it turns out to be true.
  • Nick T.
    Wow what a choice. Zzzzzz.
  • blablabla
    Great! Now I can use my parents Sky account and watch all those *amazing* shows free of charge on my laptop. Thanks Mr Murdoch, sorry not to be lining your pockets!
  • Tim
    I'll believe it when I see it. So far Sky have been charging extra for just about everything possible with Sky Player even if I already subscribe. Note this will probably be like current Sky Player and you will only be able to view live TV and need a subscription that covers the channels you want to watch (I'm sure it also limits the selection). If you want to watch programmes on demand on Sky Player you get the last couple of shows in a series for free / inclusive and all the rest are charge on a PPV basis. So if you forgot to record the show but have paid the subscription for the period of a series, tough. Oh, and I can't believe for a moment that mobile operators won't be charging some massive monthly fee for access over 3G. Currently Sky's mobile app also insists you only access via 3G and need a plan from the operator. Seriously doubt they are going to give anything away here. It's utterly not like anything Sky have ever done. If all else fails, get a slingbox.
  • Mark
    When they say PCs I expect they mean Windows and possibly Mac OS X. Other OSs like Linux etc. will be excluded.
  • Idi A.
    If you're using Linux you won't be watching TV anyway. You'll be trying to get Linux to work and then when it does SOMETHING you actually wanted it to (and that the other 99% of the computer-using public don't even have to think about) you'll be crowing to everybody about what a superior OS it is.
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