Sky Sports Live Football SC
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 5.5.0
- Size: 9.19M
- Compatibility: 4.2 and up
- Author: Sky UK Limited
- Content rating: Everyone
- Package name: com.bskyb.fbscore
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Sky Sports App Review
Sky Sports (formerly known as Eurosport and The Sport Channel) is a channel devoted to sports, as its name tells us. It’s hard to overrate its influence in raising sports show popularity in Britain, so some say it’s Sky Sports that has made British sports rather a show. Thus, if they want you to watch others compete, there must be something to watch, and Sky Sports knows how to do it. This channel is commercial and the subscribers should get it spectacular enough to keep their subscription on.
The official app is an inevitable work for any today’s TV channel, and Sky Sports is no exception.
There’s more to discuss about the channel than the app itself. The app’s rather a hub for news provided by Sky Sports website and TV channels. It displays the selection of news to read and streams to watch.
The coverage of the world of sport is designed according to British audience’s preferences. First of all, it's football (domestic British, European and worldwide events), cricket, rugby, motorsport (including Formula One with a dedicated channel), tennis, golf, darts, bowling, ice hockey and some other kinds of sport. It illustrates the difference between British and American sports preferences, with American football or baseball left somewhere outside.
The app provides both real-time streaming and news feed with smalls articles and long-reads on topics that deserve it. Articles tends to go with an expressive headline, a photo (or series of photos) and a bit of text you can read between two sips of beer. The articles often include short videos of the most dramatic moments you’d like to rewatch.
There are sections for Football, Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Golf, Tennis, F1, Boxing, US and Other Sports, so you can select what you’re interested in and read the section on that topic.
It’s a great feature for a fan who has already made the choice of the life and supports his/her favorite team or teams. You can follow the news concerning your favorites by subscribing to them. Just select your favorites, and the news about them will appear in a feed generated especially for you.
The designers have learned one important thing. The user doesn’t want to see the app’s design at all. He wants to see the stream on every pixel of the screen. So most of the app is devoted to streaming full-screen video.
When it comes to displaying results or other text, it’s colored in Sky Sports official red-and-blue. The text is easily readable, and the app’s design looks fine on smartphones and tablets with any screen size and resolution.
It’s easy to select the available channel from the list and jump to watching immediately. The app catches the connection quickly and shows the best possible picture for the settings you selected.
Like other streaming apps, Sky Sports requires a stable Internet connection to watch the stream, but if you’re only interested in seeing the results, you’ll have them ready for reading.
As the app is solely addressed to English or Irish audience, it’s natural not to have it translated into other languages but Dutch (because of football Dutch League aired by Sky Sports).
Maybe some newcomer immigrants would complain about that, but look, that’s another reason not to linger with your English lessons.
If you’re an active social media user, the app will bring you the joy of integration with Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or other services to share your favorite articles or videos.
There’s one thing to consider: Sky Sports app is only available in Great Britain and Ireland, the countries covered by air streaming. If you’re from elsewhere, you can download Sky Sports app (though an obsolete version), but it won’t be possible to enter your credentials and watch the TV, even if you’re willing to pay for it. The only way to get access is to get yourself a British or Irish identity.
Cross-platform use 9/10
Sky Sports for Android is compatible with ICS or fresher versions. Anyone still with it? Hey man, it’s Britain, the monochrome TV sets are still actual there, so it’s rather strange not to have this app for Gingerbread! iOS version required for Sky Sports is at least 8.0.
As SkySports subscription is paid, it’s a logical idea to make the purchase available directly from within the app. You can buy different plans, depending on what you want to watch. The basic pack will cost you £4.99 / €5.99 monthly and offer Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 and News HQ. The expanded pack (£9.99 / €12.99) adds Sky Sports 3-5, channels Sky Sports News and Sky News and the dedicated Sky Sports F1 for racing fans, that is, all Sky Sports channels available.
If you have already purchased the plan for your home TV, you don’t have to pay again. Just enter your Sky Sports login and password, and you’ll have access to your subscription from your smartphone or tablet.
The idea of your TV in a mobile app is not new, its success depends on how it’s done. Sky Sports downloads are high and rising, so the company does it the right way.
The app is a must-have if you’re an Irish or British sports fan, but is of no use at all for the rest of mankind.
Pros : Full support of TV stream you can see on your device like you are watching it on your TV;
Unified subscription for mobile and home use;
TV stream supported by news feed;
Personal favorite teams list.
Cons : Not available in countries not covered by Sky Sports airing (in fact, anywhere but GB and Ireland);
English and Dutch interface only;
Limited channels in the basic subscription plan.
Cross-platform use 4.5