Sky Go - The Ultimate Guide

Over recent years, we’ve seen a massive increase in the number of people engaging with digital TV through their broadband.  Indeed, nowadays we have a plethora of options from pay-as-you-go movie rental, subscription based movie rental, and TV services from satellite TV and digital TV providers.

This article will take a look at Sky Go, the new online service from the satellite TV provider—Sky Media. 

The Satellite TV Sky Go Service

This service is available for free for subscribers to satellite TV bundles.  Indeed if you have a digital TV service through Sky, you’re able to jump online on a variety of devices and watch just about any channel available through your subscription. 

The Use of Sky Go

Sky Go is really useful for anyone who loves sport.  You can stay connected with the programs that you want to watch on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop outside the home, when you are travelling around the UK, and even when you are in hotels.  All you need is a broadband connection that is sufficient for purpose and you’ll be able to watch anything that you subscribe to in your home.

The Broadband Requirements

The Sky Go service from satellite TV provider Sky, requires a speed of between 0.5Mbps and 2Mbps when you are streaming standard definition TV.  This should be enough to enable you to stream with very little buffering and no breaks in connection.  Of course the speed is only one component of the requirement.  You also need a stable connection with good packet integrity.

When it comes to high definition streaming, you’ll need more connection speed.  You’ll probably need to go for around 5Mbps in order to achieve a seamless experience.  There’s nothing more frustrating than having your movie or sport cutting out due to the connection, and therefore you should only purchase connections that are up to the task. 

Mobile Broadband  

Mobile broadband has got better and better.  We now have the fourth generation of mobile broadband, LTE, rolling out around the country.  The first provider to offer the service is Everything Everywhere, and at the moment they are in fact the only provider with 4G connectivity out in the market place.

The Ofcom auction of this 4G spectrum was completed in the first quarter of 2013 and Vodafone, O2, and Three Mobile all purchased significant Lots, and are currently integrating 4G into their networks.  By the end of 2013, we should see around 99% of the UK having decent mobile broadband coverage at 4G speeds.  At the moment, around 50% of British homes are covered by the Everything Everywhere service.

The Speeds of Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband speeds are averaging between 8 and 12 Mbps on Orange Broadband through Everything Everywhere. Theoretical top speeds are upwards of 100Mbps on download and 40 to 50Mbps on upload.  This is sufficient for just about anything you could want to do, comparable to fibre optic broadband, and far and away above ADSL connection speeds.

The Sky Go Interface

The satellite TV Sky Go service is an incredible offering from the satellite TV provider.  Indeed, you can access hundreds of channels, on demand features, and box sets right from your devices.  When you enter into the user interface, after signing up and logging in, you will be able to go to the TV guide, which works much the same as your Sky planner on your Sky HD box.

You’ll be able to browse down channels in order and also go left or right on the time line to see what’s going up in the near future.  We can also browse by day going on to other days in the week, up to six days ahead, in order to find out what’s on the future.

Demand Aspect

One of the strongest parts of the service is the on demand aspect.  You can navigate to it from the top menu and in here you can look through the picks of the week to see what you’ve missed, and you could also watch the entertainment and soap operas that you’ve missed as well.

On top of this, there are films that you can watch that are available in standard definition and high definition.  The Sky store side to the site is where you can purchase the latest movie releases at very affordable rates.

Film Library

The library of films on the Sky Go service is extensive and this is now a real alternative to Neflix and LOVEFiLM instant.  The cost of movies is the same as on your Sky planner and so you really can enjoy an excellent on demand and movie rental service through the Sky Go service. 

Box Sets

The box sets on offer are also a real draw of the service, as you will see when you navigate the page. You’ll be presented with a good variety of box sets in the form of movies, entertainment, and everything else.  You could access gangster movies, such as the Godfather, Road to Perdition, The Untouchables; Family favourites, Christmas classics or even blockbusters.  The movies are intelligently and conveniently categorized so that you can go through and spend an evening focused on a certain genre of movies.

One highlight at the moment is the Statham Day, where you have a number of films by Jason Statham including, the Bank Job, Crank 2, High Voltage, Case Chaos, Blitz, and The Mechanic.

 Top Tip

Rather than getting Sky Multi room you could use Sky Go upstairs in your bedroom to watch TV on Sunday morning and in the evenings. If you have the right tablet or laptop you can get a really good entertainment set up in your room. OF course, you should think about having a mount for the devices so that you don’t have to hold them all the time, and so that they don’t overheat.

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