If you’re not a Sky customer, it’s also possible to get a Sky Go subscription. Sky Go offers access to Sky’s entertainment channels, Sky Movies, Sky Sports, and over 500 movies on demand. For full details, visit the official Sky Go website. Golang markdown to html download.
What is Sky Go?
- Go big or go home with the ultimate Sky TV bundle, filling your boots with great TV series, movies and sporting action, all for £69 a month right now, with a huge saving of £576 across 18 months.
- What are the different types of Skype subscriptions and pay-as-you-go options? Subscriptions. are monthly calling plans that let you make unlimited or fixed-minute calls to landlines (and mobiles where applicable). A subscription is great.
- Xbox One owners can watch Sky content as long as they have an Xbox Live subscription and a Sky Go Extra subscription. Check out Sky’s Xbox guide for more info. Playstation fans with a PS3 or PS4.
- Having just SkyGo is a second-rate service compared to having the full bundle and equipment so the chances are people forgoing Sky itself to have the 'on the cheap' Sky Go option is really quite minimal. But as someone who'd happily pay Sky to access their service - I can't. It seem a massive opportunity there for them they're not taking up.
First off, let’s discuss what Sky Go is. It’s a service that’s available to all Sky customers, and lets you watch Sky content on the move, typically on a smartphone, laptop or tablet. If you’re not a Sky customer, it’s also possible to get a Sky Go subscription.
Sky Go offers access to Sky’s entertainment channels, Sky Movies, Sky Sports, and over 500 movies on demand. For full details, visit the official Sky Go website.
How can I get Sky Go?
Sky Go is available on a number of platforms. You would need one of the following to watch Sky Go:
- A Windows Laptop or desktop computer
- A Mac laptop or desktop computer
- An Apple iPhone 3GS or higher
- An Apple iPad
- A Microsoft X-Box Live Games Console (X-Box Live Gold Membership required)
- Some Android Smartphones (including some HTC Desire, HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S devices)
Sky Go on a Set-top Box
At the time of writing, there is no set-top box offering access to Sky Go. The following notes might be helpful though:
Fetch TV? Sky Go was available to users of the Fetch TV set-up box. Fetch TV sent into administration at the end of 2011, and the SKy Go service stopped in May 2012.
3View? There were plans for the Sky Player (the predecessor to Sky Go) to be available on the 3View box. As of early 2012, the 3View box ceased to be available and the manufacturer’s website vanished. At the time of writing, we’re not sure about the fate of 3View, but there’s no Sky Go on the service, and we can’t recommend it!
Apple TV? We understand that you can’t use an iPhone or iPad with an Apple TV box to get Sky Go on your TV. The Sky Go app does not support Airplay, so can’t output video onto a TV via an Apple TV box.
Sky Go on Humax boxes?
There has been discussion of Sky Go being available on the Humax Portal, meaning that Internet-enabled Freeview and Freesat boxes made by Humax will have access to Sky Go. The last official work we heard on this was back in 2011, when the service was “coming shortly”. At the time of writing, we’re not aware of any firm plans for Sky Go to come to Humax, but please add a comment below if you know differently
Options for Sky Go on a TV?
If you’re looking to get Sky Go to appear on your telly, there are a few options:
- Connect the output of your laptop to your TV screen (How to connect a laptop to a TV)
- Use an X-box 360 games console
- Get a Sky box on subscription and use Sky Anytime
If we hear of any boxes that support Sky Go, we’ll add them to this page.
Know of another Sky Go alternative? Please add a comment below.
Some Sky customers will see their bills rise by up to £72 a year from April. See how you'll be affected, and what you can do to dodge the latest round of hikes.
Sky hikes prices
Millions of Sky customers face paying up to an extra £72 a year after it announced its latest round of price hikes.
The size of your bill increase will vary depending on your existing deal, with the average Sky customer paying an extra £3 a month or £36 a year.
Price rises will be capped at an extra £6 a month, or £72 a year.
Sky says that less than one in 10 (8%) of customers will pay the maximum price hike.
TV and broadband bills will rise from 1 April, while home phone prices will rise from 1 May.
Full list of Sky price hikes
Here’s a run-through of the various packages, and how prices will change:
- Sky Broadband Essential will increase by £3 a month (from £22 to £25 a month);
- Sky Broadband Superfast will increase by £1 a month (from £27 to £28 a month);
- Sky Talk Anytime Extra will increase by £2 a month (from £10 to £12 a month);
- Sky Talk International Extra will increase by £2 a month (from £12 to £14 a month);
- Sky Signature TV package will increase by £1 a month (from £25 to £26 a month);
- Multiscreen will increase by £1 a month (from £14 to £15 a month);
- Sky HD will increase by £1 a month (from £6 to £7 a month);
- Sky Ultimate will increase by £1 a month (from £4 to £5 a month);
- BT Sport will increase by £2 a month (from £25 to £27 a month).
Sky Go Only Subscription Cost
The affected Sky TV and broadband customers will see their bills jump from 1st April, while home phone customers will pay more from 1st May. They will be notified of the price changes by post by 27th March.
Broadband customers who are still in the minimum term of their contract can leave penalty-free if they act within 30 days of receiving their notification.
Time to move?
If you're among those affected, you might want to fight back. There are thankfully loads of options available to you, which we'll run through in this piece.
Do you really need the whole bundle?
The full Sky package has so many channels, and chances are you only ever watch a tiny fraction of them.
It’s quite easy to remove or cancel certain packages from your account. Go to My Sky on TV or Broadband & Talk (depending on what you want to amend) and sign in.
Then select the product you would like to remove from the Your Package section. Just follow the links to make the changes.
Even if you only have a phone and broadband package, go through your bills to see how much of your free calls allowance you actually use. There could be an opportunity to move to a cheaper calls package.
Use one-off Now TV passes
Sky Go Only Subscription Cost
Alternatively, you could ditch the Sky TV part of your package and use Now TV passes when you want to watch popular series such as Game of Thrones or catch up with sports.
Now TV passes allow you to stream Sky services on multiple devices via an app or set-top box.
There are five NOW TV passes to choose from: movies, entertainment, sports, kids and hayu (for reality shows).
The Entertainment Pass is £9.99 a month. You'll have access to over 300 box sets and 13 pay TV channels, which aren't on Freeview.
The 'Cinema Pass' is a bit more expensive at £11.99 a month but you'll be able to watch over 1,000 films and a new premiere every day.
Sky Sports day passes start from £9.98 if you want to catch up with the latest matches/races/events. Alternatively, you can get a month's pass for £33.99, which automatically renews every month.
The Kids and Hayu packages are the cheapest at just £3.99 a month and £4.99 respectively.
The Kids package allows your little ones to watch programmes from their favourite channels, including Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, while the hayu package is ideal for reality TV fans.
You can try the Entertainment, Cinema, Kids TV or Hayu pass with a seven-day free trial.
In short, haggling is the best thing you can do to get a cheaper deal with Sky. Sky practically tells you to do it on its ‘Stay with Sky’ page!
All you have to do is call 03337 594 464.
If you’re not confident speaking on the phone, it’s worth noting down what you’re going to say, taking every possible outcome into account.
Have some negotiating phrases ready and use past problems as ammunition.
Try to avoid calling at peak periods like Mondays, lunchtimes, weekends and just after work. You want to get as much time with the operator as possible, so call when it’s quieter.
There are three sure-fire phrases to getting you a better deal: ‘I’m leaving’, ‘I’m paying too much for my current package’ and ‘x offers a similar deal cheaper.’
To back up your argument, check the best buys on the market right now to see if you can genuinely get a better deal elsewhere. You can start your search at BroadbanGenie.
The main aim is to get through to the retentions department (more commonly known as ‘disconnections’) as they have a lot more power to give you discounts than the customer service team do.
Be charming. Acting rude or entitled will put the operator on the defensive, meaning that you’re less likely to get a better deal.
You don’t necessarily have to go with the first offer either, giving you wiggle room to haggle even more!
That said, try not to push the operator too much as it’ll ruin your hard work. Listen out for verbal cues like defensive language, hesitation and impatience.
If they call your bluff, say you need to check with your partner/flatmates/parents first. You’ll hopefully speak to someone different next time.
And if they go silent, wait for them to fill in the gap.
They’re hoping that you’ll accept the price to end the silence, so don’t give in. Our editor saved £240 just by threatening to leave for a cheaper deal.
Find out more at How to haggle and save a fortune.
Ask for extras
Ask if they can chuck in any freebies such as free calls or extra channels, particularly if they can’t bring your cost down.
Have a go at blagging movies or an extra sports channel on top of your current deal.
Be prepared to leave to get what you want
If you don't get a decent offer, then you might be better off simply leaving, as long as you won't have to pay any exit fees of course.
Sky Go Only Subscription Rates
Leave it a little while, and you will likely be contacted by Sky with some sort of return offer. These vary by customer, but we've heard tales of 33% off for five years, or even 75% off for a year.
Alternatively, you can attempt to play the cashback game. You can pocket some decent cash when you take out a deal with Sky from sites like Quidco.
Add more services
Add more? Isn’t that a bit contradictory?
Sometimes taking multiple services from one provider can reduce your bill.
For example, if you just have broadband with a provider then chances are it's more expensive than if you have a phone and broadband package.
If you do decide to add more services, aim for an upgrade offer rather than just adding a service to your current package.
By just adding a service the standard price will likely apply, meaning that you lose out on substantial savings.
Sky Go Only Subscription Prices
As always, haggle – see if you can get the extra services at a better price than advertised!
How To Watch Sky Go Without Subscription
You can check Sky's full range of products and offers here.
Of course, the downside to signing up to more packages and products is that you'll likely be particularly hard hit when the next round of price hikes rolls around (assuming you're out of contract).
How To Cancel Sky Subscription
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