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Sky adds download option to its Go service

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.




An example of their professional stupidity is that they could make good money voluntarily supplying certain channels to other providers but do not want to do so.
It is an unreasonable commercial attitude.

I do so hope that 'freetime' via satellite reduces the Sky subscription base.
Especially when ALL the main free UK broadcasters have sorted the initial hurdles.

  • michael-scott
  • over 8 years ago

Sky Satellite subscriptions are under threat from IPTV & the non-subscription services.

Even ex-Sky chairman Andrew Neil has just quit his Sky subscription.

  • Tanaka71
  • over 8 years ago

^ promoting a pirate site, how smart!

  • Apilar
  • over 8 years ago

^^ Nah mate, i'm just stopping people lining the pockets of that Murdoch fella

  • asylum_seeker
  • over 8 years ago

Removed the posts to the streaming site where the legality of the feeds is in question

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

Sorry Andrew :(

  • asylum_seeker
  • over 8 years ago

People keep paying for Sky, even when they hike the prices or move existing functionality to premium pricing. From their perspective if they can derive additional revenue, then it is good for business.

Now, whether they should have such a strange-hold on sports and entertainment is another question (you are practically dealing with addicts when it comes to sports) - but previous attempts to break their monopoly have been ineffectual; leaving a small selection of matches on a third party broadcaster, which fans must pay a premium over their *existing* Sky costs to access.

  • dustofnations
  • over 8 years ago

Surprisingly I am a Sky subscriber,despite my hostility towards anything to do with Murdoch.
I cancel my subscription regularly,I then wait a short while and they always contact me to offer either as good a deal as already on (12 months) or a better one! I pay £22 instead of £33 plus at the moment. My wife and I love the Sky EPG and HD channels but both hate a few SKY restrictions. (Channel line-up numbering,recordings at risk of loss,extra expense for 3D,monopolistic attitude).

  • michael-scott
  • over 8 years ago

I just glad I had cancel my sky subscription as MURDOCH & SKY are PURE GREED!!!!!

Sky Go Extra for fiver a month (what a conned & rip off) bye bye Sky and I hope they go out of business!!!!

  • adslmax
  • over 8 years ago

As much as Murdoch is a villain and Sky is definatley expensive...

Sky pushed this country into digital TV years before we would have via any other method.
Sky also pushed this country into PVR's again before any other method would have (please dont tell me Tivo was viable in the UK, it wasnt at the time!)

So, if times got hard I'ld have no issue with ditching Sky and they do have far too many repeats etc it is still a worthy addition to normal TV viewing.

If you compare it to what you are forced get from the BBC then value wise its easilly comparable.

  • audioslim
  • over 8 years ago

They call the new trend 'cord cutting' in the US. Folk are fleeing from cable TV, and subscribing to Netflix & the like.

The middle man is getting squeezed, and Sky know it. Now TV is their response, but I wonder how much longer it will be before the major studios start going it alone.

  • Tanaka71
  • over 8 years ago

So essentially you are paying a fiver a month to keep Sky's programmes for a period of time? Can't see many people going for this as on the iPlayer it's free to do similar.

Do you have to sign up for a year or can you cherry pick your months?

  • Eljmayes
  • over 8 years ago

you could already download with skygo on to your pc and now they are going to charge you for it Im glad im leaving sky In july because they just like charging for everything they they have seen a lot of people download the stuff and thought lets make even more money skys all money thats who they care about not there customers

  • diablo401972
  • over 8 years ago

these comments are laughable. ...... .what about the other dozen or so services they don't charge you for? also you buy if you want the service ..... no one is forcing people to take the service. they are a business and if i had shares in them, id make sure there were charges involved a long time ago

its a month by month service

  • CaptainW
  • over 8 years ago

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