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    Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

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      Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

      Sky is launching a brand new subscription service, Sky Go Extra, which lets customers download the latest blockbuster films from Sky Movies and great content from channels such as Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic to watch when and where they want, without the need for a WiFi or 3G/4G connection. The service also lets Sky Go Extra customers register for Sky Go on up to four, rather than two, internet-connected devices.

      Launching today and available to all Sky TV customers for just £5 per month, the new service delivers even more flexibility to Sky customers by letting them download movies and TV shows depending on their Sky TV subscription to their smartphone, tablet, laptop or MacBook via WiFi to watch offline later. So whether in a car, on a flight or on the train or Tube, Sky customers will be able to enjoy a wide range of content anywhere, not just where they can find a reliable WiFi or high-speed mobile connection.


      The launch of the new service builds on the success of Sky Go, which offers Sky customers access to live and on demand programmes and films from up to 43 channels on a wide range of internet-connected devices including laptops, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. Sky Go now attracts more than 3 million unique users each quarter.


      In addition to being able to download content, Sky Go Extra customers are also able to register for Sky Go on up to four, rather than two, internet-connected devices, giving Sky households even more flexibility over when and where they enjoy the service.


      Sky Go Extra is the first mobile TV subscription service in the UK and Ireland to offer Hollywood movies to download and watch offline. With a choice of hundreds of titles exclusive to Sky Movies available to download at any one time, Sky Go Extra customers who subscribe to the Sky Movies pack will be able to download blockbuster releases around six months after they have ended their run in cinemas. Once downloaded, customers can store the films on their portable devices for up to 30 days.


      Blockbusters such as Avengers Assemble, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and Pirates In An Adventure with Scientists will all be available for download through the service, alongside the entire James Bond film catalogue, containing all twenty-two official Bond films. All titles are available exclusively to Sky Movies subscribers and will not be available on any other online movies subscription service for a least a year after they first appear on Sky Movies.


      Sky Go Extra customers will also be able to download the latest shows from channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Sky Living and Sky Arts, as well as partner channels such as Nickelodeon and Disney. This includes the best of the US, including Girls and The Following (Sky Atlantic), as well as Sky’s own home-grown hits such as Stella, An Idiot Abroad and Trollied (Sky 1). Customers with a 64 GB iPad will be able to store in excess of 400 half-hour shows and more than 80 movies.


      Stephen van Rooyen, Managing Director of Sales & Marketing at Sky, comments: “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. Together with our comprehensive On Demand service and our range of award-winning apps, we continue to deliver helpful and innovative ways for Sky customers to enjoy even more flexibility over when, where and how they enjoy Sky.”

      During 2012, millions of Sky customers have used Sky Go to watch movies on demand, with Bad Teacher, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Captain America: The First Avenger the three most popular movies on Sky Go last year. Entertainment series on demand have also proven popular on Sky Go, with more than 2.5 million views of the second series of An Idiot Abroad and 1.1 million views of the latest season of Game of Thrones.


      Sky Go Extra is the latest in a series of recent developments from Sky that help customers take full control of their TV viewing. This includes Sky’s comprehensive TV On Demand service through the Sky+HD box, which now delivers hundreds of hours of catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and Sky channels alongside on demand access to shows from a number of other leading channels including UKTV, MTV and Discovery. Sky also offers its customers a wide range of award-winning apps at no extra cost, including the popular Sky+ app, which can even be used as a remote control for the Sky+HD box.


      To sign up to Sky Go Extra, all customers need to do is visit sky.com/shop/offers/sky-go-extra. Once they’ve done this, the next time they enter the Sky Go app they will be able to download programmes and register two more devices. To provide even more flexibility, Sky Go customers can cancel the service at any time, subject to giving 31 days’ notice. Sky Go customers will also be able to sign up for a two month free trial of Sky Go Extra until the end of March.
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      Re: Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

      Just to clarify a little on this folks, there is a significant couple of changes for you all:

      Sky Go (for free) will only allow 2 devices and you can stream the content from Sky's servers. The change here is that you can no longer download content to your Laptop for free.

      On the up side, you can now pay an extra £5 per month (free for the next 6 weeks, remember to give 31 days notice to cancel) and have up to 4 devices and download content to you Laptop, Tablet or Smart Phone.

      For those who want to be able to watch uninterrupted coverage when on the train, for example, this is good as streaming live content is painful as you are constantly changing towers and often going through tunnels. Of course the extra £5 per month may hurt those who have been used to getting Sky Go for free.

      Edit: Corrected notice period. Also must be cancelled on the phone, not over the Internet
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      Just to clarify on the point regarding the free trial:

      "Sky Go customers will also be able to sign up for a two month free trial of Sky Go Extra until the end of March."

      I interpret that as meaning I can sign up and get two months free providing that I do so before the end of March. But please correct me if I've got that wrong!
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      Re: Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

      Sorry speedyrite, that looks to be correct what you are saying, my mistake.

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      Phew! I'll hold off claiming my free trial so that I can use it during April then...

      Another point to clarify - although they are making a big thing about being able to download and store movies with Sky Go Extra, I think it's still the case (as it is/was with "regular" Sky Go) that content continues to be accessible in line with your TV subscription. So, no Sky Movies sub on TV still means no access to movies on Sky Go Extra? They don't seem to make that crystal clear (unless I've missed something). Again, correct me if I've got that wrong too!
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      Re: Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

      I've had a look at the link as I've occasionally used Sky Go on the laptop but I don't see any value in paying £5 a month for this service.

      You still can't download or watch in HD and the increase in devices isn't worthy of £60 a year for me. However, it could prove good value to those who don't want to spend £123 a year on Multi-room I guess and don't mind a standard definition picture.

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      Tend to agree. But I can't resist a free trial
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      Re: Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

      It really depends on how you wish to watch your TV content. I would imagine that there will be many people travelling on the Cross Country trains (which have power points by the seats) who will be only too glad to be able to download a few films or episodes so that they can watch them on their long journeys.

      As for the content, yes it is entirely in line with your TV subscription. Strangely the Sky Sports channels are only available for live content, not for any On Demand content. This also means that if you want to view Fox or any of the children's channels, you will need the Entrainment Extra pack.

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      Re: Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

      It's basically sky tv over the internet right?

      This must be great news for those that have decent broadband, but for whatever reason aren't allowed to install a dish & don't have cable in their area.

      I know from experience that some councils & housing associations don't allow dishes on blocks of flats, or at least have a limit on how many.

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      Re: Sky unveils a new subscription service - Sky Go Extra

      Quote Originally Posted by gymno View Post
      It's basically sky tv over the internet right?

      This must be great news for those that have decent broadband, but for whatever reason aren't allowed to install a dish & don't have cable in their area.

      I know from experience that some councils & housing associations don't allow dishes on blocks of flats, or at least have a limit on how many.

      Sky Go extra requires you to already have Sky TV afaik,

      NOW TV would be the one for non sky subscribers.

      Bit it still has that restriction regarding changing devices once a month, that's not so bad on iOS but it's annoying on the PC if the silverlight cookies get lost.

     

     
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