Sky TV app on the way to Xbox One
James R | On 09, Nov 2015
Sky is finally bringing its TV app to the Xbox One.
Sky has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, thanks to improvements to its connected services and on-demand content. The broadcaster now has 10 million connected households in the UK, with over 750 million views on its connected services in the three months to September 2015 – up 33 per cent on the previous quarter.
Alongside Sky’s set top boxes, part of Sky’s streaming product range is Sky Go, which allows Sky subscribers to watch TV live and on-demand on up to two mobile devices, PCs or Macs. For those wanting to stream TV live and on-demand on their games consoles, Sky Go Extra costs £5 a month – a service that also allows customers to download shows for offline viewing on mobile devices.
The “TV from Sky” app is already available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4, but has been absent from the newer Xbox One console, despite it launching almost two years ago. Those who made the leap to the current generation Xbox, then, were disappointed to find the app unavailable.
Now, though, Xbox has confirmed to TechRadar that the app is definitely “in development and is coming soon to Xbox One”.
The app will join Sky’s other VOD app on the console, NOW, which allows people to watch TV live and on-demand without a Sky contract. While NOW has proven popular among non-pay-TV subscribers, with programmes including The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, the “TV from Sky” app offers a wider range of content, with up to 70 channels available from Sky. No release date for the app has yet been confirmed.