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Sky to charge extra to use Sky Go on your console

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In a move that is sure to anger many, Sky has revealed that starting next month customers looking to use Sky Go on their games consoles will be forced to pay an additional fee.

Although Sky Go is currently available on all manner of devices – from your Xbox 360 and iPad mini to your Samsung Galaxy S5 and laptop – as part of your monthly TV subscription package, the broadcaster has revealed that the on-demand and on-the-go service will now feature an additional cost if used on a console.

Starting from July 29, consoles will only be able to access Sky Go content if attributed to a Sky Go Extra plan.

Although upping the number of devices you can assign to your Sky Go account from two to four, moving consoles into the Sky Go Extra bundle will see an additional £5 per month added to the already costly Sky service.

“Sky Go and Sky Go Extra mean our customers can watch their favourite Sky content on a broad range of devices, wherever they are,” an official Sky spokesperson said in a statement sent to TrustedReviews. “We will be making some changes to the way in which console users access Sky Go, and we will be writing to any customers who this affects over the coming weeks to update them.”

While Sky Go is currently compatible with the Xbox 360, it has already been confirmed that the service will be brought to the PS3 and PS4 later this year.

Detailing the upcoming changes, Sky has revealed that as it expands the range of consoles compatible with Sky Go, it will make a number of changes to the way customers access the service on consoles.

Part of this change is that from July 29, in order to use Sky Go on games consoles, new customers will need a Sky Go Extra subscription.

Existing customers aren’t going to get off without a price hike either.

The broadcaster has revealed that moving forward, existing customers will also need to make the £5 per month switch to Sky Go Extra.

Although Sky has failed to offer reasoning behind the decision, we would guess that free console access is being blocked as the service was being used to share a single Sky service across multiple properties, say when kids move out of the family home.

Will the additional cost stop you using Sky Go on your console? Let us know via the comments section below.

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lw

June 23, 2014, 3:10 pm

If "free console access is
being blocked as the service was being used to share a single Sky
service across multiple properties, say when kids move out of the family
home", then an extra charge for laptop usage must surely follow.

The key point being that consoles and laptops allow a full HD output to TVs, whereas portal devices like iPhone and iPad do not.

Matt Geeson

June 23, 2014, 3:15 pm

£5 a month is a lot cheaper than having to take out a second sky subscription.

Matthew Bunton

June 23, 2014, 6:16 pm

Typical Sky, if there is a way that they can bleed more money out of their customers you can gaurantee they'll find it.

PJ Matthews

June 24, 2014, 9:11 pm

Sky multiroom customers are already sky go extra customers so have no further charge. Amazing how none of the press published that...

sjmleicester

June 25, 2014, 5:29 am

Apparently Sky are due to increase prices across the board from September. Get the impression they are losing customers as people drop addons like Sky Movies or just switch to cheaper services like Netflix and amazon instant prime.

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