In a bid to tackle the proliferation of illegal streaming of the English Premier League, Sky has released its Sky Sports TV app for Android. Like its current iPhone counterpart, it’s subscription-based and designed for viewers who do not have a traditional subscription with Sky but want to enjoy sports coverage on mobile.
For €5.49 / £4.99 a month subscribers get access to channels Sky Sports 1 through to Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports News, Sky News, ESPN and At The Races. Crucially, this includes 115 Premier League fixtures, PGA Golf and the US Open tennis.
Before you get too excited some restrictions do apply. There’s no HD content, yet. As with the iOS version, it only works on smartphones so don’t expect your Nexus 7 to run it. It’s also very selective about what Android smartphone devices it will operate on. It’s only listed as working on nine handsets that are Android 2.2, 2.3 and 4.0.
Sky Sports TV does not support Jelly Bean (4.1), that’s mean no flagship devices like the Galaxy S3.
As you’d expect, the app is only available in Ireland and the UK. As of yet, there’s no mention on Google Play of its price doubling after a certain period to €10.99 / £9.99 as stated on the App Store.