Sony and sky announced Go!View back in April, a collaboration between the two parties set to allow users to download Sky broadcasts to their PSPs. We have to admit we've been looking forward to seeing how the service would turn out. The wait is now over because Go!View is now live, needing only a Sky login and, if you want the premium content, a credit card should you wish to sample its wares.
Both pay-per-video and subscription content is available, in addition to some free content. Three subscriptions are available, Sports, Entertainment and Comedy costing £5, £8 and £10 for one, a choice of two or all three packs respectively. Sky says it will price 'pay as you go' content on a per-item basis. Currently that appears to be in the £2 to £3.50 region.
Content is downloaded using a peer-to-peer download manager based on the same Kontiki software that powers 4oD and the iPlayer. Unlike the latter, though, Go!View programmes can only actually be watched once transferred to a PSP.
It's an interesting concept certainly, but we'll have to wait and see whether the viewing public can be persuaded they want to watch such content as Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Top Gear Series 9 or the Guinness Premiership Final on their PSPs.