Sky is preparing a brand new service which will render Sky Player obsolete from next month onwards. Sky Go is a new mobile service which will both current Sky subscribers and non-subscribers alike to access Sky channels via their PC, laptop or tablet PC whilst on the move.
Current Sky subscribers will be able to register two devices to work with Sky Go, they will not be charged an additional fee and will be able to access the content they have paid for in their regular Sky package. People who do not have a Sky subscription will be able to watch Sky programs by setting up a mobile package with prices ranging from £15-£40 per month.
TV lovers will be able to download and start using the new Sky go app on 6th July, at which time the current Sky Player will be retired.
The service will launch with 30 channels including Sky Sports, ESPN and Sky News. Other branded channels such as Sky Movies, Sky Atlantic and MTV will also be included. Sky has also revealed that their public wi-fi network, ‘the cloud’ will also be unlocked to Sky customers later on in 2011. However, when Sky Go launches users will not be able to use public wi-fi to access the service, initially they will have to make do with their own Wi-Fi and will only be able to use it in the UK (much like the iPlayer).
Will you be sad to see the end of Sky Player, or is it time for a whole new way of doing things?