Sky TV has been the subject of some frustration for me recently. I really want the live Barclays Premier League football but I can’t take out a monthly subscription or get a dish fitted to my house. It’s also a high subscription fee every month (£40, currently) and about 200 channels that I not only have no interest in but actively do not want piped into my home. It’s just impossible for me to justify the negatives.
I’ve often mentioned that I’d like a streaming-only service, available via my iPad, Xbox or smart TV. Sky Go currently handles that side of Sky’s service but that is only accessible to existing Sky TV subscribers (who pay that £40 fee…) so it’s no use to me or any of the other people who would no doubt love to be able to access Sky’s premium content via a compartmentalised pricing scheme. It seems that Sky has realised this potential and today they made a very interesting announcement.
From later on this year, Sky will offer a rolling monthly or Pay as You Go package which allows viewers to pay for what they want to stream and avoid the need for a dish or bloated package. There’s no word on pricing as yet but their Sky Go app will launch on Android devices in February and the new streaming service is due in the first half of this year. Initially it will feature Sky Movies but Sky Sports and entertainment packages will follow soon afterwards.
The statement also made a point of mentioning that the service would allow users to stream to consoles, in the plural. This gives us hope that a Sky streaming application will arrive for the PS3 and perhaps even the Vita as well as the existing Xbox 360 option.