Grab some popcorn and prop your phone up against a book. Sky is preparing a release of Sky Go for selected Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich – at last.
Using the Sky Go app to watch live and catch-up Sky TV on a mobile has until now been one of the main reasons to hold off on upgrading your Android device to Ice Cream Sandwich (the other being the tragically glacial pace of the ICS rollout.) Technical limitations meant that Sky could only offer the app to selected phones running Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) and Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” users were left high and dry. Happily, that is about to change.
Sky Go is a streaming service for existing Sky TV customers that allows Sky content to be accessed from a PC, iPhone, iPad or selected Android device. Offering 40 channels plus archived content means that Sky has a lot of licences to juggle and it’s for this reason that it must restrict Sky Go to devices that support its DRM technology and haven’t been rooted or jailbroken, which could allow pirates to grab any of its treasures.
Sky still can’t roll the app out will nilly – it needs to restrict access to devices that allow HDMI output in order to comply with its licensing terms for the various shows, films and sporting events it broadcasts. Being on Android, the Sky Go app is also foxed by certain hardware and screen resolution configurations. What it can do, however, is allow the app on a select group of handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy Note (with an ICS update), Galaxy SII and Galaxy Nexus, with some more to come.
The updated app is now is testing on ICS devices and will reportedly launch in the next couple of weeks.
[source: Tech Radar]