Sky coming to mobile devices

October 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Customers of pay TV giant Sky should be able to watch their favourite shows on their iPhone or iPads before Christmas, with other platforms to follow. …

At the company’s annual general meeting in Auckland this afternoon, Fellet announced that customers should have Sky content on their small screens by mid-December.

Fellet said he believed the “big screen in the living room will continue to dominate”, but recognised that few people these days left the house without a video-capable device. …

It had previously weighed up the option of launching a digital television service that would have broadcast Sky directly to mobile devices.

Fellet said the company had instead concluded that satellite technology and Ultra Fast Broadband would meet its future transmission needs.

Being able to watch Sky programmes on my iPad will be very useful. I prefer the big screen of course, but will be great when travelling to still be able to see my normal programmes easily.

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12 Responses to “Sky coming to mobile devices”

  1. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Havn’t been able to get TV on my phone – first world problems abound

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  2. peterwn (3,211 comments) says:

    Trouble is, Sky wants to be the only toll bridge between programme providers and the internet.

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  3. Chris2 (768 comments) says:

    Can any IT readers comment on whether all this downloading of Sky TV will impact on the overall speed of the internet for those of us who instead rely on a decent connection speed as part of earning a living?

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  4. Bovver (151 comments) says:

    Follow these instructions and you can gain access to the US Apple Apps store, download the Netflix’s app, sorted.

    http://help.unotelly.com/support/solutions/articles/9573-setting-up-unodns-on-your-ipad-iphone-ipod

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  5. woodburner (28 comments) says:

    hopefully its better than TVNZ’s on demand platform – if you want to watch say the last 10 minutes of a show, it forces you to watch the entire shows worth of advertising before allowing you to watch that segment. I’m all for monetising the service, but there becomes a point where there is too much making the service unnapealing. TVNZ have found that point.

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  6. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Chris2 (634) Says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Can any IT readers comment on whether all this downloading of Sky TV will impact on the overall speed of the internet for those of us who instead rely on a decent connection speed as part of earning a living?

    Depends on several factors. Your overall bandwidth, the bandwidth used by the service (which would be influenced by the quality of the video), and the locations of things you are downloading from or uploading to. No matter how fast your connection speed is, the speed to and from any particular location may be reduced. Your computer resources (e.g. RAM) might also impact on connection depending on what you’re doing.

    Perhaps try watching TVNZ or TV3 and see how that affects your connection as that would seem to me the most comparable situation.

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  7. Jack5 (4,843 comments) says:

    Who watches movies on a smart phone? Or even on a mini-Ipad or Android equivalent?

    Are there fairies at the bottom of the Internet?

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  8. Bovver (151 comments) says:

    “Who watches movies on a smart phone? Or even on a mini-Ipad or Android equivalent?

    Are there fairies at the bottom of the Internet?”

    Watching 1080p movies on my HTC One rocks

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  9. Jack5 (4,843 comments) says:

    Bovver: has that got a 12cm screen?

    I guess okay if you’re stuck in a bus or railway carriage or plane, but for enjoying a film or show otherwise?

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  10. Bovver (151 comments) says:

    Yep, with front facing Beats audio speakers, I guarantee you would be blown away.

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  11. Jack5 (4,843 comments) says:

    Bovver: how long does a charge last? If you’re watching movies, how many movies per recharge?

    Do you download movies by WiFi connection or through cellphone data?

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  12. Azeraph (603 comments) says:

    Well, my note 2 phone sucks when it comes to running everything but usually it will give me a full day, if i’m running video it drops very fast and that’s only 720p 4 gig mkv’s. The note 3 is something out of this world with it’s multitasking window setup and drop and play from anywhere on the storage or sd card. The snap dragon chip it has once put through a series of benchmarks makes one realize that it’s the most powerful phone on the planet at this time. This unit is virtually a desktop in your pocket.

    I really didn’t want to give it back to my mate when i was finished with it.

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