So you have the Sky Go app and you’re wondering how to watch it on your Smart TV. There are a few ways to get Sky Go working on a TV.
In this article, I’ll walk you through the most practical steps. I spent some time fiddling around with Sky Go and my Smart TV to find the best solution for you.
Let’s dive in:
Can I Watch Sky Go on a Smart TV?
To watch Sky Go on a Smart TV you need to connect a laptop, PC, or console, to the TV’s HDMI port and then run Sky Go on that device. Sky Go does not allow video output over mobile devices, and casting options are limited.
Bear in mind, Sky Go is not yet compatible with Chromecast. To use Chromecast to watch Sky Go on a smart TV, the screen mirroring hack is the best workaround method to do this, ensuring you enjoy your favourite content on your big screen. I have put together more hacks below, so if one doesn’t work for you today, you can try another.
What’s more, I’ll provide detailed steps around each hack. At the end of this, I have also compiled some of the things young people are opting to use to access Sky Go, which could be dangerous as it might leak their information.
Best Ways to Watch Sky Go on Smart TV:
Sky Go on Smart TV from Laptop or PC (Best option):
To make Sky Go work with a smart TV via an HDMI cable, you have to screen mirror your laptop. First, you’ll need to:
- Connect your computer to the television using an HDMI cable.
- When connected, your computer will detect the new display as a second monitor.
- Watch Sky Go.
While less convenient, using an HDMI cable from your computer to a smart TV is the best way to watch Sky Go at the moment.
Sky Go on Consoles to Smart TV (Second best option):
Another way to watch Sky Go on a Smart TV is by using a console. If you own a console, this option is probably the easiest because you don’t need to move a laptop or computer near your TV and run extra HDMI cables.
Bear in mind, to watch Sky Go on a console you need to be on the Sky Go Extra subscription. To see what subscription plan you have, consider ringing the Sky helpline (0330 041 3000). Another tip that has led to some confusion is Sky Go is called “TV from Sky” on console stores (both Xbox and Playstation).
Another point to remember is if it’s your first-time with Sky on a console, you need to sign-in from a different device to accept their terms and conditions. The Sky Go app is available on PS5 but it might be a little hidden. Here’s what you can do to download Sky Go on PS5:
- Open the Playstation Store
- Open search bar, enter “TV from Sky”
- Download & Install
Since Sky Go is new to PS5, it seems like the performance is not great. When compared to the performance on PS4, the PS5’s Sky Go is terrible.
I’m talking about issues like jitters, low-quality images, and others. The verdict is Sky Go works much better on PS4, at least for now. There will likely be patches to fix the Sky Go experience on PS5 in the near future.
Can You Watch Sky Go with an HDMI Adapter for Phones?
Most phones support video output but you need to buy an adapter, usually a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Unfortunately, Sky Go has blocked HDMI video output on mobile phones and tablets even when using an adapter.
In most cases, you can screen-mirror your phone, but as soon as you open the Sky Go app, you’ll see a black screen. Sky Go does not work with HDMI adapters for mobile devices.
Can You Cast Sky Go on a Smart TV?
Most modern TVs have built-in casting features like Miracast that make casting media from mobile devices very easy and convenient. Unfortunately, Sky Go only supports casting features in New Zealand and Australia.
Other regions, including all of the UK, have blocked the casting service, so you can’t cast Sky Go to a Smart TV in the UK. These policies may change in a future update, and I’ll edit this article when Sky Go enables casting for every region. Currently, there’s no word on when Sky Go will enable casting services.
Casting Sky Go to Chromecast in the UK:
Here’s one idea you can try to cast Sky Go to Chromecast or TV:
- Ensure that you have the latest version of Google Chrome installed on your computer.
- On Chrome browser window, click the three dots in the right-hand corner, which should show a dropdown and select “cast”.
- You should see a tab with the available casting devices list.
- On the same tab, under ‘sources’, select to cast the ‘entire desktop’
- This will mirror your desktop to Chromecast.
- Open Sky Go app on your computer.
- Attempt to watch the media.
This workaround has worked for some people but it’s not a guaranteed fix. In the event that it does work, you’ll likely run into frame rate and lag issues because you’re casting your computer’s screen. If you see a black screen, you probably won’t be able to use this option.
For more information, read my article on how to get Sky Go working on a Chromecast.
Casting Sky Go to Chromecast in New Zealand:
Luckily for people in New Zealand, Sky Go supports full casting services, and you can cast the Sky Go app to a Smart TV with no problems.
Follow these steps:
- Update the Sky Go app on your mobile device
- Make sure both your device and Chromecast are on the same Wifi network
- Open the Sky Go app and tap the casting icon (it looks like a TV)
- Watch Sky Go on your Chromecast
Sky Go is compatible with the following casting services:
- Apple TV
Sky Go on Smart TV Using an XBOX
Are you an XBOX user? Well, I didn’t forget about you. Here is what you’ll need:
- Sky Go Extra subscription
- Active XBOX account, whether it is Gold or not.
- Choose Xbox One apps;
- Select Sky tile and press A on your controller to download the app.
- Open the TV from Sky application use your Sky ID and password to sign in
TVs with Built-in Chromecast
You don’t necessarily need to buy a Chromecast dongle, some TV’s have built-in Chromecast or similar casting features. Most TVs that run on Android support casting services. Here are some models that are known for casting services:
And many others. The casting feature might be called “Miracast”. Generally, most modern TVs have casting features, but it’s important to double-check.
Can You Watch Sky Go on an Android TV Box?
If you have an android box, you can download and install the Sky Go app. However, when you select the content you want to watch, a prompt message appears on your screen showing you that Sky Go is not compatible with the Android TV.
The same applies when using Firestick. You’ll smile for a second because it seems to get ready to play. But, suddenly display a message that the two are not compatible. In fact, it recognizes it as HDMI, which is, by the way, restricted by Sky UK.
While there are lots of things that you can try to get Sky Go working on a Smart TV, the best options are either with a computer or console. Sky Go really does not want people who are not members watching their media, so they added lots of copyright blocks. It’s unfortunate, especially when other streaming apps offer full casting features, but it is what it is.