Sky Sports TV - Android v1.6
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.
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.
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.
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
as shown in the picture below.
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.
Last Updated Saturday, June 15 2013 @ 09:43 AM EDT