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==This is a review for the 'Sky Go' section of the Sky website==
We have Sky+ at home and while I'm at University, I use the Sky Go website to view my favourite shows and movies online as I don't have a television in my halls. My parents pay all the bills so I'm afraid I am unable to comment on value for money etc. - this is just my experience as a user of the service.
=Sky Go Website=
The website (go.sky.com) requires you to log-in using your sky log-in details and then you have the option to watch live TV using the TV guide (only available on about 20 channels - not everything you get on your TV) or using the On Demand service.
Everything about the website is rubbish! I should point out here that my computer is fairly slow and isn't fantastic with applications that require a lot of memory, but it does cope relatively well with everything else except this website. This site crashes all the time, the page freezes, errors appear and it's just generally really slow. I have used other similarly intense websites and never have anywhere near the problems I have with this site.
Other than the technical problems, there are a lot of things that annoy me about this website. You cannot open the programme you have clicked on in a new tab (by using the ctrl+click option on Google Chrome). I like to open something in a new tab if I'm just looking at it, but may want to go back to my search results easily, but I can't do that on this - you have to leave the search page and then go back. This really annoys me, but some people don't do things in this way and it won't bother them.
The live TV guide is very un-user friendly. It's hard to pin-point exactly why, but if you use it you'll probably know what I mean - it's just a bit rubbish! The lack of channels is a little disappointing as well - I was hoping for all the channels I can access at home, but only got the Sky Channels and a few others.
Back to the On-Demand section; if you stop watching a programme or movie one day and decide to come back to it another time and skip to where you were the player buffers the ENTIRE show up until where you have clicked. Every other website I have ever used to play media will buffer from where you have clicked rather than make you wait until it's buffered the whole thing. This is particularly annoying for me as I have a fairly slow internet connection. I was watching a movie the other day and stopped watching about 10 minutes before the end - I came back to it the next day and skipped to where I was and it took half an hour to buffer to it - I just had to sit and wait that long to watch 10 minutes! A ridiculous system that I have not experienced elsewhere.
I had a problem when I first used the on-demand service because I had ad-blocker installed. It won't let you watch it with an ad-blocker so I had to disable it for their website which is a bit of a pain and was very confusing for a long time because I just got an error code without it actually telling me what was wrong.
=Sky Player Desktop=
This is an extra option that you have to pay for (I think somewhere in the region of £5 a month). It's a programme you download and then you can choose to download TV shows or movies so you can watch them offline. It's very rare that I am not 'online', but it would be good for the train or bus or something like that.
Except, like the website, it is awful. This programme crashes 5-10 times every time I want to use it, especially when it's downloading a show or movie. It completely stops working and I have to close it (using task manager) and open it again and sign in again. No other programme on my computer does this and it's really annoying! It sometimes does this mid-programme as well where the sound carries on, but the picture freezes and you have to close it with task manager to get the picture back.
Other than that, everything downloads quite quickly and I can watch it offline. The frustration of it continuously crashing is a huge downside for me, though.
Another weird thing about this programme is that it automatically sets the volume to zero. Every time I go to watch a show or movie the sound is on silent - why would that be the default?! So every time I have to turn the sound up - it's not a huge deal but it's just someone over at the developer side not using their brain.
Ok so here come my good points - the content!
There are so many movies and I love watching them. There's literally hundreds of movies to just click and watch as well as all the TV shows from the Sky channels and Sky Sport (if you subscribe to Sky Sport anyway). On the Movies section there is a wide-range from all genres and you often get some really new movies. There is the option to pay for movies on this as well (like SKy Box Office) for newly released movies.
The only problem I have with the movies is that they don't rotate very often meaning if I've been particularly bored and watched loads of movies, there won't be ones I haven't seen for absolutely ages.
Overall I can't give Sky Go more than 3. I'm torn between 2 and 3 because it's such a rubbish website, but that may (in part) be due to my slow computer. Either way it's a very frustrating experience, but I do like having so many movies at a click of a button.
I noticed that there was little or no mention of Sky Player in this section so thought it would be a good idea to let people know about this feature on the Sky website.
It's locateded here:
and it's basically the sky version of bbc's iplayer. You need to have a sky account and linked to your home address which gives you the access to the player. It's easy to do and the login section clearly explains the 2min process.
You can watch upto 12 live channels on your computer from sky sports 1,2,3,extra, MTV, National Geo, sky news. It should be noted that you need to subscribe to sky sports at home to be able to view these on a computer.
You can also watch on demand TV, which is basically a huge collection of shows from all the sky channels, this includes movies, old sports shows, history etc. My favorite section of On Demand sky player is the collection of old complete TV series, Lost series 4 is available as is criminal minds, alias etc. the list goes on and on.
Another excellent feature of the Sky player is all the BBC iplayer content can be viewed via this site also.
One section I have not tried is the movies on demand area where you can purchase pay per view for £3.50
Sky.com is the website for Sky: the TV people who have moved into phone and broadband services, too. The website is pretty huge, with sections on news, entertainment, gossip, and - of course - plenty of pages offering you the latest deals on Sky packages.
I have no intention on reviewing the whole site, just the TV listing section. I did, in fact, ask dooyoo to add the TV listing section as a separate entry, but I got a reply to say that the "Product was already there". Apologies, therefore, to anyone who was looking for an overview on the whole of Sky [!], but I did try.
The TV listing page can be found at:
When you visit the site, there is a delay of about 5 to 10 seconds when nothing seems to happen, and then a grid appears which shows the first 14 or so channels and what's on TV for the next 3 hours. You can use a mouse to move forward to see further ahead, or click on tabs to change the date.
So far, this is not that much different to the Sky Planner with which customers will be familiar from Sky's onscreen guide.
However, on the top right of the grid is a search box. This allows you search to a programme by name, without needing to know when it's on, or even which channel is showing it.
Entering part of a TV programme name will bring any programmes that match that. You then choose the one you're interested in by clicking on it: this then brings up all showings for that programme in the next week. I used this, for example, when Sky+ didn't record the second part of Silent Witness. I was able to see that there was a repeat showing on BBC1 London at about 3.00 am, and so didn't have to miss the rest of the story.
Just as you think it can't possibly get better than that, there is also a remote record facility. If you log into your Sky account while looking at a programme, you can click on a box in the programme description which says "remote record". This allows you to send a signal to your Sky+ box to tell it to record that particular programme while you're still at you computer. Before I get accusations of being too lazy to walk to my living room, I would say that I find this useful when the kids are watching something else and I don't want the hassle of disturbing them [I have also used it when staying with friends - there is no need for the computer to be in the same house.]
This about as close as I seem to have got to the House of The Future that I used to see on Tomorrow's World when a boy!
also on ciao
The Sky.com website is a really useful place to get information on allsorts. Best of all it is totally free to use!
In addition to all the usual features such as the updated News articles, full sports rundowns, and the Showbiz section which rivals the likes of Heat magazine, the feature I find the most useful (and that not many people I have spoken to know about) is the TV Listings section.
The link to the TV Listings section can be found on the home page on the left hand side at the bottom of the menu list and is entitled 'TV Guide'. When you click on this a page loads with a detailed grid showing all the programmes scheduled for that day. All the channels are featured, and you can simply drag and drop the page to see different channels and programmes scheduled for a different time in the day. This is so easy to use!
The great thing is that you can also search for a programme using the search box at the top right of the screen. So, if you missed a particular episode or documentary and would like to know if it is on again soon or repeated, you can search for that programme using this box and it wil show you when and on what channel it will be broadcast! This is really handy and saves trawling through pages of a TV guide magazine. It is also totally free so you no longer need to buy a copy of the TV Times/TV Quick etc etc. Clicking on any programme gives you information on the length of the programme and a brief synopsis of it. And if you are subscribed to Sky then you can also use this guide to set up your 'remote recording' for that particular show.
What a great idea!
If you have Sky digital or normal satellite then you would have heard about the twenty four hour news service provided by the Sky news team. It was in fact before BBC and the likes of ITV started having 24 hour news, the first such channel to provide this service. As the years have gone on the service has got better. So when I don?t get chance to watch Sky news on Sky I visit the site to keep up to date with the latest news around the world. The website is excellent, informative, up to date and easy to navigate. Its really all you can ask for a news site. On the sky.com website you can check out what?s happening in the world of news, sport, business, showbiz and weather. You have all the interactive services available to you so it is asif you are in fact watching normal TV though through a website. Simply click on the category you want which will then take you to the News site. There you will find all the latest information. Headlines of top stories which you can click to read in full. You can even check the web cam out for the Sky studio?s but this take rather a long time to load up and can slow the site down. For some headlines there?s even video captions. You can also take part in a daily poll. You can search your stocks and share prices and you can check the weather forecast. There?s even an experts guide to Sky digital which is really good especially if you experience any problem with your system and require help. The Sports site is just as detailed and good. It is also easy to navigate and between the news and sports site you will know all that is happening without switching the TV on. I visit Sky.com almost daily and find it a great source of information. It was on here that I first heard about the Roy Keane saga and September 11 to name a few examples of breaking news to me. The site is well laid out with the blue and red décor which are the colours of Sky news on digital. I rate Sky news highly and the excel
lent standard have been passed on to this site. The only thing is that during peak hours the site can take a long time to load up but once it?s loaded then it?s fine to navigate. Overall a news site that can be relied on-witness the even through the web and through sky.com
Sky news is the news service provided by Sky.com. It was one of the first links that I added to my 'favourites' section, due to its excellent layout, high quality pictures and speedy updates. The site layout is (at present - although Sky has a habit of revamping its sites on a fairly regular basis) wonderfully clear. There is a 'top story' (at the top of the page) - this is usually the most important story of the day (at present it is about COncordes 'flight of fantasy'), although it can sometimes be 'breaking news' ie. a story that has literally only just hit the net. Beneath the main story, is a list of other stories. As you would expect, these are the most interesting/important items from around the world - in all fields (so media and entertainment, sport, gossip is all there - as well as the serious politics stuff). The Sky news site also offers video links on selected news items - so you can watch the stories as they are shown on the Sky News TV station. I have not utilised this service due to my poor connection (56k), but I am sure broadband people will have no problem. On the far left hand side of the site is a list of links to news sectors - like health, showbiz, Sci/tech etc. Selecting any of these links takes you to a page (laid out rather like the main news page) dedicated to that particular subject matter. The health section is very good, as it reports on all the recent medical issues. The showbiz section is my favourite though - with good gossip and nearly always, a good selection of pictures (for instance, they recently had all the pictures from the 'Harry Potter' Premier). On the right hand side of the site, sit a few adverts (for things like QXL), a pull down menu of all the Sky sites and a few special offers (mostly to do with free minidishes etc). One other 'fun' aspect to the site, is that on the main page there is a poll (every day). Today's poll
is about concorde. The results of the poll (which runs together with SkyNews TV) are read out on Sky News TV every now and then. This poll gives you a chance, as it were, to participate in the news. SITE PERFORMANCE :- I have found this site to load very quicky, and nearly always without any errors. The poll voting can be a bit slow on my 56k modem though. CONCLUSION :- Sky News is , in my opinion, the best place on the web to get up to date news of world events. The site has the backing of arguably the best TV news service ever, and is thus always at the forefront of breaking news. The layout is superb - clear, concise yet detailed ; and there are enough fun items (about showbiz and fitness) to read the site purely for entertainment. Adverts are kept to minimum, and the whole site exudes professionalism. I recommend you add Sky News to your 'favourites' at once.
What would you expect from a website called skynews? Of course you would expect the same quality, quantity and thoroughness of news production from the company that brings you the t.v. channel. And you will not be disappointed! The website literally covers every single aspect of news coverage. Whether it's world, local, pop, showbiz, technology, they bring you the latest, up-to-date information and then package it with a whole host of other features. These include web-cams, competitions, polls, forums and sms alerts. The only one gripe I have about the site is that it does not auto-refresh! Not bad really!
The sky.com news website has been pretty invaluable over the last few days with the fuel crisis going on, and the wide range of stories covered is certainly a good point to the site. Now that the fuel is supposedly on it's way out to the public, the website has a list of all the priority petrol stations that will be the first to be refuelled over the coming days. It's listed in alphabetical order accoring to county, so you can easily find the nearest petrol station to you that's shortly (hopefully) going to have fuel. There are also sections on world news, showbiz and all the other news categories that sky news cover, together with the facility to read the emails that have been sent in concerning the latest big story. You can email them from the site with your view on the news, get updates on the weather etc.