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    This is a discussion on Sky Go advice within the Sky Go forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; Hi All, I'm after some advice before i purchase Sky Go. I am an LLU sky talk and broadband customer ...

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      Sky Go advice

      Hi All,

      I'm after some advice before i purchase Sky Go.

      I am an LLU sky talk and broadband customer but i don't have Sky TV, just freesat. We have a guest staying over Christmas who would like to be able to watch sky sports so i am thinking of a one month ticket to Sky Go with sky sports. However i am just worried for the 35 it will cost will the quality be good enough?. I am planning to hook my desktop PC up to my 32inch tv via hdmi to watch the football. Will it look ok on the TV?

      I have subscribed to north american sports streaming services before which are far cheaper and stream in HD without any issues. I just hope sky go is worth 35 quid!!

      Any advice or experience would be helpful.

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      Re: Sky Go advice

      As you have streamed other services before, I'm guessing your broadband connection is up to the job - that would have been my first concern (but presumably is not a worry in this case).

      As for picture quality, I may be wrong but I'm not sure that Sky Go streams in HD. Having said that, picture quality has always been very good when I've watched Sky Sports on an iPad, but - as I have already got Sky TV - I've never tried streaming from laptop to big telly!
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      Re: Sky Go advice

      Hi, thanks for your response. Yea we have a decent quality, stable connection. I know that sky don't stream in HD, i just hope its watchable on a TV screen.

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      Re: Sky Go advice

      I would think there's a good chance that it will be, but I appreciate that it would be nice to know for sure.

      Hopefully someone here will have done it and will be able to give you a first hand comment!
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      Re: Sky Go advice

      It depends on what you intend to connect to your TV in order to watch it and what your mean by "watchable".

      Sky have purposefully locked out the function to connect smart phones and tablets to a TV in order to watch Sky Go.

      If you can connect a PC or Laptop using a HDMI lead, and the sound comes through the HDMI lead too, then you have some hope.

      Whilst it is a different system, the TVCatchup site streams live TV and would offer a good test for this.

      If your guest is a Sky customer, they could actually bring their own STB and plug it in using the LNB feed/s for your Freesat STB. Sky and Freesat use the same group of Satellites. Also they would have free access to Sky Go and could have it running on their own Laptop, which in turn can be connected to the TV instead.
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      Re: Sky Go advice

      Good points there! Presumably a decent graphics card is needed within the computer to get good quality output onto the TV?
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      Re: Sky Go advice

      Depends on the TV and the output limitations of the display card/computer you are using.

      Since Sky Go won't display at 1080i, this means that more will be adequate.

      The older display card in my desktop works fine at 720p and so does the card in my main laptop. I have to connect the sound directly to my surround sound from the PC, but for the Laptop I can connect it either via HDMI or the USB sound card I got for the desktop.

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      Re: Sky Go advice

      Hi,

      Yes i will be connecting my desktop PC with a decent graphics card via a HDMI lead. I'm just hoping the stream isn't to blocky/pixelated when viewed on a 32inch lcd tv.

      My guest is visiting from Canada for 3 weeks so no subscription for them either.

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      Re: Sky Go advice

      I have watched sports on free SkyGo, via a PC, on my 37" TV and it was quite acceptable. I would think the 'paid for' version would be similar.

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      Re: Sky Go advice

      If your Internet connection is good, then there should be no major problem.

      The quality of the picture won't be to 1080i standards, more like 576p (aka SD), but you will have picture and sound.

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