Sky explains Sky Go won’t launch alongside Xbox One

Jordan O'Brien
November 12, 2013

If you’ve been wondering, like we have, why Sky Go wasn’t announced alongside the Xbox One’s 13 entertainment apps to hit the UK at launch, then it’s rather simple — NOW TV is more of a priority for ‘main set’ platforms. Whilst millions of users have enjoyed Sky Go as a ‘multiroom’ alternative through the use of the Xbox 360, Sky’s vision for the app is currently honed on Android, which is understandable given the number of times we hear people begging for this app.

In a statement a Sky spokesperson said:

“We enjoy a long track-record of innovating with Microsoft and look forward to the launch of NOW TV on Xbox One by summer next year.

As a dedicated over-the-top service, we have prioritised the availability of NOW TV, to extend the reach of the service to the main TV.

Looking ahead, we will also consider any future opportunities for Sky Go.”

Fortunately the company hasn’t completely ruled out a Sky Go app for Xbox One in the future, and with Microsoft is hoping to add functionality that will enable you to control your Sky set top box using your Xbox One control, it’s likely that most Sky Go users won’t be in a rush to get the app on their Xbox One, and it’s not as big of a priority as something like BBC iPlayer.

If you’ve cut the cord completely, then NOW TV is likely to be the saviour here, and just as well as it works out cheaper than a complete subscription to Sky, but here’s hoping that existing Sky subscribers get the opportunity to throw away their Xbox 360 at a moments notice.

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