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Sky Go service may offer downloadable content for phones and tablets
Thursday 03 November 2011 18:42:51 by Andrew Ferguson

The Sky Go service may expand from just allowing content downloads onto a laptop, to allowing you to do the same with mobile phones and tablets - mobile devices can currently only stream content. Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, hinted at this possibility at a Sky Movies Event according to Tech Radar.

No dates are set, other than a vague 'it should be possible inside twelve months'. The advantage of downloading onto mobile devices is that it means people can download two or three shows/films onto a device over their home broadband connection and then watch them when travelling without eating into expensive mobile broadband allowances. It may be the case that Digital Rights Management (DRM) will require a small amount of traffic to validate the file, but generally you can do this at home, and then play the film without need for an Internet connection.

The Sky Go service is limited to two registered devices per account, so there may be some competition over who gets the service in gadget heavy households. An additional advantage of downloaded content is that it avoids the vagaries of buffering that can occur at peak times, or for those households with slow broadband where the slow connection stops them watching content in real time.

Comments

Posted by adslmax over 5 years ago
Sky Go are the worse ever on laptop, never work ! Crappy Sky.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
And who would want DRM spyware on their devices. and there should be no need for DRM ,as the film or whatever has been downloaded from sky,via a customer account, so need for it to phone home
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
If Sky knew that people would simple watch and delete when done, and not upload to sharing sites, then DRM might vanish.

The actions of a few, make life harder for the many maybe.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
Quote "Posted by normcall 2 days ago
Must confess, I've never understood why it's appears that only the 'entertainment' industry and similar (writers, software producers, 'artists' in general) can 'protect' something they have done because it's unique
It is indeed a strange concept that some one can right a song and in a few hours and get paid for it for the next 70 years and even

No one can argue with the concept of fair reward for effort but does the typical few weeks to produce a hit song justify 70 years of reward for it?
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