Sky has launched a new Now TV Beta app which aims to bring Now TV to a greater range of Android phones and tablets.
While the original Now TV Android app worked on a handful of popular Android phones including the Google Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S3, but had problems streaming movies and TV on tablets.
Sky isn’t happy with this and so has cooked up a second Now TV app to support bigger and more up to date phones and tablets including the HTC One and the Google Nexus 7.
Recommended specs for Now TV Beta are Android 4.0, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a screen resolution of at least 480×800 (WVGA). If you’re one of the 20 per cent who still hasn’t upgraded from 2.3 Gingerbread, then you’ll be able to use the regular Now TV app.
Now TV Beta lets Android users buy an Entertainment Month Pass (currently £4.99), a Sky Movies Month Pass (£8.99) or a Sky Sports Day Pass (£9.99). These let you watch premium Sky TV shows from Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Comedy Central, all 11 Sky Movies channels and all of the Sky Sports channels, including live Premier League football matches.
Gidon Katz, Director of Now TV said: “We are excited to add Android tablets and even more handsets to the list. We know lots of our customers use Android devices and are delighted to now offer access to all three Now TV passes.”
While the new app is in beta phase, the existing Now TV Android app will still be available in the Google Play Store until Sky phase it out in line with future updates later this year.
Similarly, Sky had run into coding issues when working on Sky Go for Android, which hobbled video playback on certain devices. As well as increasing availability of Sky Go on Android phones, Sky also released Sky Go Tablet last year.
Now TV Beta is available to download from Google Play for free.