January 31, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The Sky broadcasting company will begin letting its customers watch live programming on their Android phones beginning next month. Previously available only on iOS devices, Sky confirmed today that select HTC and Samsung phones will get the same treatment in February when the Sky Go for Android app is released.
“We fully appreciate how much Android users have been looking forward to the launch of Sky Go, and we’ve done everything we can to make sure that our bespoke design for Android handsets is worth waiting for,” Sky Go lead Holly Knill wrote on the company’s blog today.
When released, Sky Go will allow residents in the United Kingdom to watch live content from Sky Sports, News, Living, Movies, Arts, Atlantic, and Sky1 channels. So all of you who missed the Arsenal vs. Man U clash a few weeks ago will be able to catch EPL matches anywhere, and you’ll be able to watch breaking news broadcasts while you’re unable to get to a television. Sky plans to add Sky Sports F1 in March and on-demand watching for Sky Movies later this year.
SkyGo will be available free of charge to viewers with a Sky subscription. A 3G connection is all that is required to access content, but video quality will improve when streaming over WiFi. Tablets will not be officially supported, and only the following devices are among the confirmed phones to work when Sky Go launches next month.
- HTC Desire
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC Incredible S
- HTC Sensation
- Samsung Galaxy S
- Samsung Galaxy S2