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NOW TV

Launches on Amazon Fire TV

HC
Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
I'd prefer Sky Go to be on Amazon firesticks, but suppose you can't have everything...
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LL
London Lite Founding member London London
It appears not all SVoD content is FHD. Family Guy is coming up as 720p on the stick.
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Amazon Prime is now available on NOW TV products.
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
No AFR on the Roku/NOW TV Prime Video app not surprisingly, so there is some motion judder on some of the content.
RD
rdd Founding member
I'd prefer Sky Go to be on Amazon firesticks, but suppose you can't have everything...


They seem dead set on not making it easy to use Sky Go on a TV, it still doesn’t support Chromecast. It can be done with a laptop or certain games consoles.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
I suspect they're concerned that if Sky Go did support Chromecast (or Mirrorcast and similar technologies), it would be seen as a cheap workaround to the Multiroom offering. So by not allowing Chromecast, they're effectively saying if you want Sky in another room, open your wallet and give us another <whatever it is - £12?> a month.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Amazing they still get away with the Multiroom fee considering it is pretty much the norm with all streaming platforms, including their own.
Be nicer and more tolerant to each other. Them's the rules.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Amazing they still get away with the Multiroom fee considering it is pretty much the norm with all streaming platforms, including their own.


Sky isn't a streaming platform (yet). Now TV is, but they've always been a bit arsey about Multiroom for Sky, as it used to require a phone line connection, but as the Q product is wireless, that's a bit of a non-starter.

Not sure if Now supports Chromecast (though if Go is anything to go by, probably not).
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
Not sure if Now supports Chromecast (though if Go is anything to go by, probably not).


It does through casting only, they haven't got round to adding a native app for the 4th Gen Chromecast with Google TV (Android TV) interface.

The 3rd Gen and Ultra support FHD and 5.1.
RD
rdd Founding member
I suspect they're concerned that if Sky Go did support Chromecast (or Mirrorcast and similar technologies), it would be seen as a cheap workaround to the Multiroom offering. So by not allowing Chromecast, they're effectively saying if you want Sky in another room, open your wallet and give us another <whatever it is - £12?> a month.


I do get that. Could not a solution be only enabling casting if you take multiroom (ie Sky Go Extra)? I am not sure if that’s a technical possibility.
MI
Michael
Same with VMTV Go. No Chromecasting and no app for a big screen solution, although I'm keen to see if the bog standard Android app sideloads/works on the new Chromecast with Google TV
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
rdd posted:
I suspect they're concerned that if Sky Go did support Chromecast (or Mirrorcast and similar technologies), it would be seen as a cheap workaround to the Multiroom offering. So by not allowing Chromecast, they're effectively saying if you want Sky in another room, open your wallet and give us another <whatever it is - £12?> a month.


I do get that. Could not a solution be only enabling casting if you take multiroom (ie Sky Go Extra)? I am not sure if that’s a technical possibility.


Problem with that is nothing to stop you going round your friend's house and casting Premier League football to that TV (or, God forbid), to a TV in the pub. A very quick Google seems to suggest it isn't cheap to show football in the pub "legally":





So you can probably imagine with no casting support, that protects that revenue stream from Sky's point of view, although the way things are going there may not be any pubs left to show any football but I disgress...

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