If you watch your favorite channels, box sets, movies and sporting events with Sky Go, you’ll be happy to hear that a new update has brought a number of new features to the service. Sky Go is available on a wide variety of platforms including iPhone and iPad, Mac, FireOS tablets, Windows 10, Android smartphones and tablets, Chromebook, and Huawei AppGallery.
There is also a dedicated app on PlayStation 4 and Xbox, although this one is inexplicably called Sky TV, rather than Sky Go.
With the latest update, viewers of these platforms will be able to skip commercials – so you can jump right into the episode. When watching on-demand shows on Sky Q, viewers can fast forward through commercials placed before the episode begins. However, this has not been possible on Sky Go … until now. Much like the “Skip Ad” button on YouTube, a single on-screen prompt will allow viewers to jump into their show.
When loading an on-demand show for the first time, there will be a countdown … so it is not possible to avoid all the commercials, but you can still save time. Best of all, if you’re streaming over a 4G or 5G mobile data connection, you’ll save some of your mobile allowance because you won’t be buffering the ads you’d rather not watch.
Unfortunately, Sky warned that “some content cannot be ignored by advertising,” but did not provide details on exactly when Sky Go viewers will be forced to sit during a full commercial break. Of course, just like the Sky Q box powered by satellite dish, every time you watch live TV you won’t be able to get through the commercials.
The ad break isn’t the only new addition. Sky Sports Recap lets you stream the highlights of a sports match live while the match is still in progress – perfect if you missed the start. Until now, this feature was limited to the Sky Q box, but it can now be found in the Sky Go app for iOS devices. Android and desktop viewers will have to wait a bit longer, but Sky promises the feature is on its way.
All Sky Go customers can now download content for offline viewing, a feature that was previously only available to those paying for Sky Go Extra and Sky Q Multiscreen. And anyone can now stream to at least two screens instead of one, regardless of your subscription. So you can stream a football match live on your iPad, while someone else is streaming their favorite new binge-watch on the train home at the same time.
The best of all? All of these updates are available now.
Speaking on the list of new enhancements, Fraser Stirling, Chief Product Officer of Sky Group, said: “We continue to make it even easier for you to enjoy the entertainment that matters to you.”
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