Of course you can’t sit glued to the telly every Saturday afternoon (believe us, we’ve tried), but just because you’re out and about doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the action. Here’s how you can legally see every goal while away from home.
On your mobile
As long as you’ve got a Sky subscription, you can watch live TV on your Apple device using Sky Go, though only if you get Sky Sports 1 and 2 through Sky, not Virgin Media or BT. All six Sky Sports channels are offered, providing you have iOS 4.3 or later. You can register two devices and watch on both at the same time, too, so it’s perfect if there’s more than one match you want to see at once. It won’t work with the first three generations of iPod Touch, or iPhone 2G or 3G.
Otherwise you can hook up a Slingbox to your Sky box, and use the Slingplayer app (£20.99) to beam the matches over to your mobile. Which is a bit more cumbersome, but still workable. It’ll work with the Slingbox Solo and Slingbox Pro-HD, not the older devices, so make sure to check which model you have before you go splurging on the app, as it’s not cheap.
Sky Go launched for Android back in February, and now supports handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich, though not Jelly Bean. So that Galaxy Nexus you updated recently is out of luck. It added three handsets to its roster last month: the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy Note. This swells its ranks to 11 handsets, all running Android 2.2 or later. Like its iOS counterpart, it’s a free app, and should work just the same.
Otherwise, you can get SlingPlayer’s Android app (£19.99) and run it just the same as the iOS version.
BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows Phone
There’s currently no Sky Go or Watch ESPN app for BlackBerry, so you’ll need a Slingbox and the SlingPlayer app. The Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre app is available on BlackBerry, but that’s as close as you’ll get. Windows Phone, meanwhile, has the ESPN Goals app – replete with video highlights.
On your tablet
The Sky Go app works on the iPad as well, and is optimised for the bigger screen. Though like the iPhone app, you’ll need to get Sky Sports 1 and 2 through Sky, not Virgin Media or BT. The same SlingPlayer iPhone app will work with the iPad as well, though again it’ll only be compatible with the Slingbox Solo and Slingbox Pro-HD.
Otherwise? The SlingPlayer for Tablets app (£19.99) it is.
You’re out of luck we’re afraid. There’s no Sky Go app, or SlingPlayer.
On your laptop
Sky Go works fine for Sky customers on your laptop, through Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Slingbox works through a browser too.
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