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Sky have announced a new update to their Sky Go app for subscribers to their UK television service. The new update includes an improved user interface, accessibility features and access to Sky Q DVR recordings.

The updated app will rollout in phases to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Android, PC and Amazon Fire hardware – disappointingly, Sky have given no indication that an Apple TV app is in the works.

The new UI features one-touch access to Home, TV guide, Browse, Downloads and Recordings. The app introduces new personalised recommendations to Sky Cinema subscribers based on viewing history whilst Sky Q recordings will be limited to Sky Q Multiscreen customers. In addition, downloads require a Sky Go Extra subscription.

Sky have also announced a renewed focus on accessibility. Visually impaired customers can now navigate the app with less effort thanks to an improved video player and voice over navigation features.

We hope Sky continue to improve both Sky Go and Now TV apps with future Apple TV app and Apple TV channels integration. Whilst the wait continues for a native Sky Go Apple TV app we have had previous success screen-mirroring Sky Go content to Apple TV via Mac.

Press Release:

Sky TV customers can easily watch their favourite shows, movies, sports and now their recordings with the release of the brand-new Sky Go app.

The new app combines the existing Sky Q and Sky Go app features, allowing customers to watch their favourite tear jerkers, nail biting sports matches and gripping dramas, from Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and more in a single, easy-to-use experience, both at home and away.

The app’s new design and features include:

  • Simple, one-touch destinations in a new UI including Home, TV Guide, Browse, Downloads and Recordings, helping customers find what they want to watch quickly and easily on any device
  • A ‘Browse’ page aggregating content by theme and genre from all channels on Sky Go
  • Personalised Sky Cinema recommendations – suggesting movies based on genre, ‘Because you watched’ and, ‘More like this’
  • A Recordings page where Sky Q customers can view and control upcoming recordings and series links
  • Enhanced accessibility and better navigation features to make it easier for visually impaired customers to use the app. The video player has been improved so that they can now pause and skip the videos. Voiceover lets customers hear a description of everything they click on, font size can be increased without losing functionality and colours can be inverted for greater contrast

The new Sky Go app will be available this summer on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire devices and Amazon app store as well as on PC and MAC. Customers will be able to update their existing app, or download the new version from the Google Play, Apple and Amazon app stores for free.

Sky Mobile customers can also take advantage of unlimited streaming of Sky shows, movies and sports on Sky Go with Sky Mobile Watch, which enables streaming on the go anywhere in the UK and EU, without using any data allowance.

Sky’s à la carte subscription service – Now TV – is available on Apple TV in the UK.

 
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Vizio is the latest television manufacturer to roll out support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. These features make it easier for iOS and OSX users to share content to the big screen as well as control their TVs power, volume and inputs through a combination of Siri voice commands and Apple’s Home and Remote apps.

Starting today, Vizio owners are required to update Vizio’s SmartCast 3.0 software which includes support for both. It should be noted compatible Vizio TVs will be updated in a phased process “through the coming months”.

Here is the list of compatible Vizio TVs:

VIZIO P-Series Quantum X (2019)

VIZIO P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)

VIZIO P-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016)

VIZIO M-Series Quantum (2019)

VIZIO M-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016)

VIZIO E-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016 UHD models)

VIZIO V-Series (2019)

VIZIO D-Series (2018)

Vizio should be commended for the vast array of SmartCast TV models that will be compatible with both features; with some dating back to 2016. Other manufacturers in comparison are limiting these convenient features to their 2019 models and in some exceptions to last years models.

LG started rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some of their 2019 TVs yesterday whilst Sony are expected to roll out support for their flagship models in the near future. Samsung TVs will not support HomeKit compatibility in favour of their own SmartThings platform yet support AirPlay 2.  Samsung are also the first TV manufacturer to feature the Apple TV app, giving access to Apple TV Channels along with iTunes Movie and iTunes TV Show purchases and rentals. 

Read VIZIO, Inc’s full press release after the jump.

 
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Updated: Misunderstanding of comms between LG UK and LG HQ.

Update 2 – July 25th 10.10am

We received an email from LG’s UK PR Team this morning clarifying the situation.

“I’m really sorry but it turns out we (the UK office) misunderstood the comms from HQ in South Korea – by ‘all’ AI ThinQ TVs, the press release was only referring to the 2019 line up, therefore my email quoting ‘past and present’ is not accurate. Again I apologise for the misinformation on this”.

Update 1 – July 24th 11pm

In a bizarre turn of events LG have refuted the statement made by their UK PR team to us earlier today. LG offered the following statement to 9to5Mac whilst opening up to the future possibility of  HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support on their older TVs: 

“LG cannot guarantee that TV models prior to 2019 will be able to deliver a seamless user experience. Therefore, while this may be a possibility in the future, at the moment, LG has no plans to update its pre-2019 TVs with Airplay2 or Homekit”.

You can read our original article after the jump.