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Sky Sports TV - Android v1.6 - Page 3

Sky Sports TV - Android v1.6

Streaming

Reliability is a key test with a streaming service. In our extensive testing, the application worked well with no buffering problems. We did experience the app close a couple of instances where the broadcast stopped, but we could not be certain if this was the fault of the app itself.

Sound

The sound quality of the streaming service is reasonable, albeit heavily compressed, and in mono sound reproduction only. Nevertheless, it is perfectly serviceable when listening on headphones or via external speakers.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 2600mAh battery. Running Sky Sports TV on full brightness consumes about 8% of the battery per hour on the Galaxy S4. The battery indicator showed that of this consumption, 84% was attributable to the screen display, and only 8% for the app itself. Reducing the screen brightness makes a significant way of extending battery life.

Other Limitations

Don't think of trying to use Sky Sports TV with the Samsung Smart Dock. The dock allows you to connect your phone to an HD display amongst other devices. While running the Sky Sports TV app on an external display would only accentuate the video defects, BSkyB has, in any event, disappointedly blocked the app from using an external display, as shown in the picture below.

Sky Sports TV

Verdict

One of the simplest applications to use, the Sky Sports TV Android app offers the Sky TV channels for a fantastic price. Access to the quality sports coverage for a mere five pounds a month with no contract would be amazing value for money. But BSkyB has made only a half-hearted attempt to embrace the Android platform, and has done little to ensure users remain loyal to their mobile products. Ultimately, the video shortcomings detract from the enjoyment of watching the sports coverage on a good quality Android phone. Now if BSkyB would only offer better quality streaming, the app would warrant our highest recommendation. As things stand, it still represents fair value.

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