As it turns out, Sky Go seems to have updated their app, and now Sky Go officially supports casting to Chromecast through their app. Using the new function, casting can be done with a couple of taps, and in the next section, we’ll explain the exact steps you need to take to cast from Sky Go to Chromecast.
Sky Go to Chromecast
There’s some confusion around Sky Go and Chromecast, which we’re going to clear up in this article. People are saying Sky Go doesn’t work with Chromecast while others say it works just fine, who is correct?
The answer is both are correct.
While the latest version of the Sky Go app officially supports casting to Chromecast, the problem is the app is only available in New Zealand. Inside the country, casting can be done in a couple of taps, with no problems. However, in the UK, you’ll have to rely on the screen-mirroring function that we’ll talk about in the next section.
If you have the Sky Go app and you’re in New Zealand, you’ll be happy to know the app supports the most popular streaming services such as:
- Apple TV
How to Cast Sky Go to Chromecast With Your Phone:
Here’s what you need to do to cast Sky Go to Chromecast.
- Check for the latest version of the Sky Go app.
- Make sure you have a compatible casting dongle. It only works with Chromecast Gen 1, 2, 3, and Ultra.
- Double-check that your Chromecast and mobile device are on the same Wi-fi network.
- Make sure you have the Chromecast app installed.
Now that Sky Go officially supports Chromecast, casting your Sky Go to the TV is really simple. But as I said earlier, this only works with Sky Go in New Zealand.
If you meet the above requirements, open the Sky Go app and look for a little casting icon in the Sky Go video player, it’s usually a small television icon. Tap that, and Sky Go should automatically connect to your Chromecast, wherever it’s located.
How to Cast Sky Go to Chromecast in the UK
As mentioned earlier, the Sky Go app does support casting via Chromecast and other services but the app is only available in New Zealand. Not to worry, there are a couple of tricks that you can use to cast Sky Go to a larger TV.
To cast Sky Go to Chromecast in the UK you’ll have to either mirror your screen or use a VPN to change your device’s IP to one inside New Zealand.
The VPN solution is a little tricky and unreliable because not all VPNs can unblock Sky Go and you can run into other compatibility problems, so we won’t be discussing it in too much detail. Your best bet is the screen mirroring method.
The problem is Sky Go doesn’t work with Google Chrome, the web browser that’s most compatible with Chromecast.
Why Doesn’t the UK Sky Go Support Google Chrome?
Once you could watch the web-version of Sky Go through the Google Chrome web browser (which supports casting) but now it longer works. Bear in mind, this may change in the future, so it doesn’t hurt to double-check.
The reason Sky Go doesn’t work with Google Chrome is that Google Chrome no longer supports the software that Sky Go uses. Don’t worry, it’s still possible to cast Sky Go with Chromecast.
How to Screen Mirror Sky Go to Chromecast
Since Sky Go doesn’t support Google Chrome for media, you would have to use the Chromecast’s “Cast Desktop” function. What this feature does is share your whole computer’s screen to the Chromecast, anything that’s in view.
To do this, open Google Chrome, click on the three-dot icon in the top right to open the menu, and then click on Cast. Wait until it finds your Chromecast, click on it, and from the drop-down menu, select “Cast desktop” and your PCs desktop will be shown on your TV.
Next, simply open the Sky Go website, and start watching media. Bear in mind, you will need a moderate to fast internet connection or router, or you might encounter glitches and frame delays. Using this method, you can’t expect the best image quality, but it should be acceptable for simple shows.
Sky Go allows their members to watch content from a web-browser, as long as you’re logged in to their website. Bear in mind, Google Chrome has issues with the media player that Sky Go uses, so you should use a different web browser, such as Microsoft Edge or Firefox.
Microsoft Edge recently updated its browser to support casting options, but it can be a hit or miss. It’s still worth trying out. There are extensions for Firefox you can look into too.
It’s not the best solution, but it can do the trick.
Use an HDMI Cable:
What can you do? The most obvious solution would be to connect your laptop to your TV through an HDMI cable and then open the Sky Go program to watch your shows. It’s not the best solution, but it will have to do, at least until Sky adds Computer to Chromecast functionality.
Try a Windows to Android Emulator
Another method you could try using an Android to PC emulator, such as Blue Stacks, download the Sky Go app on there, and then try the casting feature. I can’t confirm it works, but in theory, it should. It might work better if your computer is connected to the router via Wi-fi or a network cable.
Bear in mind, the methods mentioned in this article aren’t set in stone and can change based on software updates. While these work for some people, they’re not guaranteed to work, and you should try out several methods to see what works for you. In most cases, with a bit of creativity, it’s possible to get Sky Go to work with Chromecast, even when outside of New Zealand.