Sky Go Extra charges £5 more to download TV to tablets
New service from Sky lets customers download TV shows and movies to watch later
Sky has unveiled Sky Go Extra, letting customers download TV shows and films to mobile devices to watch later.
Sky Go Extra will cost existing subscribers an additional £5 a month to download content to laptops, smartphones and tablets, meaning they won't have to to depend on 3G or Wi-Fi for streaming - which remains free via the Sky Go app.
Content can be stored on a device for up to 30 days, but users only have 48 hours to finish watching a show once it's been started. Sky didn't say exactly how much space each film or show would take up on a mobile device, but claimed a 64GB iPad could store "in excess of 400 half-hour shows and more than 80 movies".
The £5 extra fee also doubles from two to four the number of devices customers can register for use with Sky Go. However, customers will only be able to stream content to two devices at once.
Sky said three million people were already using Sky Go each quarter.
The service is only available to Sky customers, meaning existing customers must pay an extra £5 for downloads, although the first two months are being offered free until March. Those who aren't customers need to sign up for a TV package, which starts from £21, or register for the online-only Sky Go, which starts from £15.
The system works on PCs, as well as iOS and Android 2.2, 2.3 and 4.