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Sky launches Sky Go Extra download service

Sky Go Extra lets users download TV shows and films

Sky Go Extra

Sky has launched a service this week called Sky Go Extra, allowing users to download content. Updated on 22/01/13.

Sky Go Extra costs £5 per month allowing users to download content based on their Sky subscription. Up to four users can be download movies and TV shows, such as Girls and the James Bond catalogue, and watch them offline on devices like smartphones and tablets.

Stephen van Rooyen, MD of Sales and Marketing at Sky, said: "Building on the ever-growing popularity of Sky Go, Sky Go Extra lets Sky customers download great movies and TV shows to take with them to watch offline whenever and wherever suits them, as well as access to Sky Go on up to four internet-connected devices."

See also: How to use Sky Go for Android

In much the same way as BBC iPlayer, downloads on Sky Go Extra are available for a month to be watched as and when the users chooses. The only limitation is the amount of storage on the device itself.

Sky said that 11 million of its customers use Sky Go and that Sky Go Extra is the first UK service to offer Hollywood movies for download and offline watching. Sky also has a non-subscription streaming service called Sky Now TV which rivals Netflix and LoveFilm.

Read our review of the 2TB Sky+ box.

The move represents Sky's way of capitalising on its on-demand offering after recently adding iPlayer and ITV Player to the Sky+ Box.The firm said Sky Go attracts three million unique users per quarter.

Sky Go Extra steps up the competition against rival services thanks to its exclusive content. The firm said it offers around 70 of the top 100 films, about six months after they launch in the cinema, totalling more than its rivals combined.

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