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UK Satellite broadcaster Sky set to roll out local downloads on its Sky Go mobile appsUK satellite television broadcaster Sky will launch updates to its hugely popular Sky Go apps next week that will enable users to download content and not just stream it. According to UK newspaper The Telegraph, the service will see Sky launch a subscription based service that will not only allow users to stream content that matches their actual home Sky subscription but be expanded to include movies and TV series too.

The subscription will cost £5 a month and will allow you to register up to four devices to download on-demand TV shows and movies from Sky’s huge catalogue. The content will stay on your device for 30 days after you have downloaded it then it will not be available. You will be able to download as much content as you like with the only restrictions being the available storage on your device.

The move by Sky will certainly bring some competition to Lovefilm and Netflix which both offer movie and TV show streaming services in the UK. Sky however is such a well-known brand that it is sure to take a big chunk of that market when it launches next week. Currently Netflix offers its streaming service for £5.99 a month and Lovefilm is offering a special price of £4.99 a month; it’s no surprise then that Sky chose the £5 a month figure for its service.

Sky claims that more than a quarter of its 11 million subscribers already actively use its Sky Go service. The Sky Go Extra service will be the first mobile TV subscription service in the UK and Ireland that offers Hollywood movies to download and watch offline.

If you are currently a Sky subscriber, would you be happy to pay an additional £5 a month to get access to this service?

Source: The Telegraph


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Blakeway66 says:

Already paying over £70 a month for Sky so cant see way i would pay another £5 just to download maybe the odd program i can already watch though my subscription, think i will be continue paying for Netflix.

Peter Wood says:

I'm already paying £100 for a full service from Sky I'm not going to pay more.

adrianyusef says:

£100 per month or annually? No amount of TV is worth that much money if you are talking about monthly payments.

BellyJean says:

What a rip off, Sky are such greedy bastards and I pay them enough already ... The truth is that if cable was available in my area I'd have done away with Sky long ago. They have so much shit on there and so many channels I begrudge having to pay for and all in all they are a rip off but some people are unfortunate enough to only have 2 choices, Freeview or Sky and I'd rather not have a telly than just have the pathetic "free" channels.

olly b Barzey says:

I already paying £65 for skyworld service not paying £5 extra just so I can download a movie that expires in a month I only use the skygo for the sports when am not home when sports are showing other than that am fine with what I have.

Solublepeter says:

Nope. Its just too expensive on top of the £50 a month I already pay. (Better to use something like Slingbox from your SKY+ device, for a one-off cost, if you are going to be playing the video back on a wifi link at least)

Where Sky have been really good recently is with their iPad and iPhone Sky+ apps- the way those work in conjunction with the SKY+HD box (which has a network cable) is fantastic- using the device to search and select programs for recording or playback, remote control the sky box, and resolve clashes between recordings.

I've been really impressed with their work there over the past year, but this new offer isn't worth it.