Sky Go is a great free app that allows Sky TV subscribers to watch their favourite programs on the move. As with so many apps Sky Go was originally iOS only, but the Android app has now been around for a while. Just before Christmas the Sky Go for Android app was updated to support a much greater range of devices. It's now supported on a range of Android smartphones and Android tablets running on 2.2, 2.3, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.2.1 operating system - crucially, that includes the Nexus 7, a device that we imagine turned up under the tree in many UK homes this Christmas. For a full list of supported devices visit: www.sky.com/skygo. See also: Best apps for new Nexus 7.
Using Sky Go on Android: before you start
You will need, a compatible handset on which the Sky Go app is installed. Grab the app from Google Play. You'll also need to be in the UK or Ireland for the app to work. Finally, you need a robust web connection - Sky recommends a minimum continuous bandwidth of 500Kb per second to access high quality streams, but we've found you can get watchable content at just about any connectivity so long as you are not moving around too much.
Read our review of the 2TB Sky+HD box.
Sky Go works well over 3G, but it will gobble up your data allowance, so we recommend using it principally via Wi-Fi. To this end Sky has added a Network Preferences feature that allows users to enable and disable their use of 3G data in the Sky Go app. Go to 'Menu > Settings > Network Preferences' in order to enable or disable streaming over 3G.
It's also worth pointing out that Sky Go doesn't work on rooted handsets. Don't ask us why, it's just the way it is.
Sky Go on Android: signing in, getting started
When you open the app, click the settings button in the top righthand corner, then select 'Sign in'. You'll need a Sky iD username and password, which you can set up at skygo.com/signup - be sure to associate your username with your Sky TV account. Using Sky Go is free for Sky TV subscribers - you can watch everything for which you pay on your TV, on your mobile device. Be warned, however, you are allowed to register only two devices at any one time. If you want to change devices you have to go on to the Sky website and de-register one before you can log in on your Android device.
Once you've signed in, simply browse through the available programs and select what you want to watch. For the first few seconds of streaming Sky Go tests your bandwidth so it can offer a stable stream. Tap the screen to access in-play options play/pause.
And that, really, is that. Other options under Settings allow you to manage your devices and set Parental Controls.
Sky Go on Android: On Demand
The way we watch TV has changed, of course. As well as watching on the move, we increasingly watch TV programs when we want to, rather than when they are scheduled. Sky Go caters for this, with a decent selection of programs you can watch on Demand. To access these, simply hit the 'Sky' logo at the top of every interface, and select 'On Demand' rather than 'On Now'. This section works in much the same way as the live TV does - you browse to find a program you wish to watch, then hit play.