Sky Sports TV - Android v1.6
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
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.
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.
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Last Updated Saturday, June 15 2013 @ 09:42 AM EDT