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NewsPoster Dec 4, 2013 12:44 PM
Sky updates Sky+ app on iOS, introduces Sky Go app for Android tablets
British broadcaster Sky has made a number of updates to its online services. The Sky+ app for <a href="" rel='nofollow'>iOS</a> and <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Android</a> has received some usability updates, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Sky Go for Android</a> now has a version specifically made for tablets, and its Sky Store streaming rentals service has been opened up to all of the UK, including those not subscribing to Sky's satellite TV offering.<br />
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<div align='center'><img src='' style='max-width: 100%;' alt='Sky+ on iOS' border='0' pagespeed_url_hash="2456205047"/><br/><span class='minor2'>Sky+ on iOS</span></div><br />
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The update for the Sky+ app allows users to view a full selection of shows from the on-demand sections viewable on the Sky+HD set-top box, with selected Showcase, Catch Up TV, Box Sets or Movies able to be set to download to the box from the phone itself, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> <em>Pocket-Lint</em>. This builds upon the app's existing ability to set future show recordings on the set-top box, as well as offering a gesture-based remote control.<br />
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The Sky Go for Tablets app is available to download on <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Google Play</a>, and allows for viewing of live and on-demand TV shows and films on a mobile device when linked to an existing subscriber account. The new app works with the "majority of Android tablets" measuring 7 inches or higher, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> <em>The Next Web</em>, though the existing Sky Go app will work as normal for smartphone use. Sky plans to merge the two apps into a single offering in the future. <br />
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The <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Sky Store</a>, previously available through the Sky+HD set-top box, is now available through a web browser, Now TV, Roku, and YouView set-top boxes. It typically offers recent cinema releases for rental at £3.50 each ($5.70) and classic films between £1 and £2 ($1.65 to $3.30) for up to 48 hours.
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