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Sky Sports TV - Android v1.6 - Page 2

Sky Sports TV - Android v1.6

Video quality

The app was predominately tested on a Samsung Galaxy S4. This mobile phone has a superb 5 inch Pentile RGBG Full HD Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 and 441 pixels per inch. Regrettably, the high resolution screen offers little tangible benefit using the Sky Sports app; there is no HD quality streaming available. It seems that Sky are worried about the app potentially cannibalising sales of their TV packages.

Overall, video quality is watchable at best. With the limited bandwidth used, high action sports suffers particularly badly, and it was difficult to really enjoy some sports including F1 racing and rugby. If you are a fan of wrestling, be prepared to be somewhat disappointed.

Sky Sports TV
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High action sports really show up the limitations of the streaming service in its current format. Even on a small mobile phone screen, pixelation and blockiness is evident in abundance, as depicted in the screenshots below. With heavy compression, low resolution output, the 5 inch screen of the Galaxy S4 showed up lots of macroblocking in the streaming service.

Sky Sports TV
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Sky Sports TV
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Scrolling text

One of the disadvantages of watching TV on a computer is that scrolling text is invariably nowhere near as smooth as with a television. Sky News has a continuous news ticker, as shown in the screenshot below. The scrolling ticker text is not particularly well handled by the app, with moderate jerkiness in the scrolling text, but we have seen worse from computer devices. Overall, panning in general is quite good though.

Sky Sports TV
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