Sky Go has allowed people to watch selected channels from their Sky satellite TV package on numerous devices for a while now, but to date it has only offered streaming support, which means people catching up with missed shows while stuck on a train or bus can chew up mobile broadband allowance. Sky Go Extra is set to change that, with customers now being able to pay £5 per month to add a download option.
The downloads are not permanent as they are automatically deleted 48 hours after you start to play them, or between 7 days and 30 days after you downloaded them. For households with lots of devices the Sky Go Extra allows you to download onto four different devices, but streaming is limited to two out of the four registered devices at any one time.
The calculation that people who use the Sky Go service now on mobile connections will need to do is if the data saved by downloading over WiFi at home is enough to offset the £5 monthly fee for Sky Go Extra. Though for those who live in areas with marginal 3G coverage or no 3G, the new Extra service will allow them to at last download Spongebob Squarepants onto a tablet to keep the kids in the back of the car happy on a long drive.
Existing Sky TV can trial the new Sky Extra download service for two months for free, just remember to give notice to cancel 31 days before the end of the two month trial period.
The original Sky Go service which remains free for Sky TV customers was welcomed by many, but when many people are looking for ways to reduce monthly bills the sale of Sky Go Extra may prove difficult. This is particularly true for those customers are on products like Fibre Unlimited Pro where their monthly spend with Sky could be breaking the £100 barrier.