Tuesday 27 March 2012

The return of Mad Men prompts move to Sky Go

The return of Mad Men to Sky Atlantic, following an 18 month hiatus, is incentive enough for me to resubscribe to Sky (for the first time in 4 years) on my Xbox (Sky+ replaced by Freesat+)! This reprises my original motivation to join Sky back in September 2000 when Buffy the Vampire Slayer switched from the BBC to Sky1.

OK. So, I don't have a Sky+ box anymore, nor the space... Enter Sky Go for Xbox LIVE!

Sky Go looks great: not Full HD 1080p, but a very crisp picture with excellent colour saturation and an intuitive UI. Unlike the stuttering BBC iPlayer, Sky Go utilises adaptive streaming, which is increasingly important as my ISP (Virgin Media) has been throttling broadband speeds due to network capacity; most evenings dropping to 2Mbps or lower.

Enjoyed watching live channels Sky1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and on demand, last night. The EPG is identical to Sky+. However, Sky has missed a trick by not allowing HDD recording! This may be a moot point in an era of video-on-demand (VOD), but Sky's Series Link would be a welcome option for Xbox owners with a capacious HDD.

Suffice to say that watching Sky Go with Kinect is more futuristic than satellite.

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