Sky have recently unveiled a new addition to the Playstation 4 which will also be available on the Playstation 3 at the start of 2015. In December they announced that the well loved Sky Go system will be available over the newer Playstation range. Sky Go is the TV catch up and live TV system for the Sky service that allows you to watch Sky TV on a range of devices.
Before now the service wasn't available directly on the Playstation devices but this has all changed. Launching under the name TV from Sky but in essence basically the same thing as Sky Go, Playstation customers can now get access to Sky Sports, Sky Movies, Eurosport, Sky Atlantic plus the other range of channels available on your Sky package. Those who have Sky Multiscreen will get the service for free, but if you don't happen to have it then you will require Sky Go Extra that costs an added £5 per month.
Consoles have become full entertainment packages, no longer are they reserved to just playing games, but movies, music and now streaming TV services are all part of the available features. A true complete entertainment system in a small box.
Due to the size of the Playstation 4 and even the Playstation 3, many people now pack the system with them when they go abroad, either on a holiday or for longer periods. Those with kids find these kinds of devices a godsend and as much as parents would love to leave them behind, sometimes it is easier to take it with you to keep the kids quiet. Now that Sky Go or TV from Sky as it is known on the Sony devices is available it allows you to access Sky content from the Playstation directly.
When abroad, Sky doesn't work, it realises you're outside the UK and declines to let you view any content. This means if you've packed the Playstation with you as your ultimate entertainment device then without the aid of additional help you'll be unable to watch Sky abroad. This affects all devices and isn't limited to the new TV from Sky app. There is no need to worry though, as I said “additional help”, there is a system that allows you to give the impression that you're still in the UK, even though you aren't.
A SmartDNS from Overplay or Ironsocket will allow you to appear as if you're in the UK with very little Set Up required. Firstly you'll need to sign up for an account at Overplay by following this link or Ironsocket by following this link. Once you've signed up, follow the instructions below to set the Playstation 4 up.
- Go to to ‘Settings'
- Select ‘Network'
- Select ‘Setup Internet Connection'
- Select ‘Custom'
- Select ‘Use Wi-Fi' or ‘Use a LAN cable' depending on how you connect to the Internet
- Select ‘Automatic' for IP Address Settings
- Select ‘Do Not Specify' for DHCP Host Name
- Select ‘Manual' for DNS Settings
- Enter the Primary and Secondary DNS servers given to you by Overplay
- Once done, click ‘Next' to test the connection
- Restart your Playstation 4
That's it, just load up the TV from Sky app and you'll be able to watch TV from Sky abroad regardless of where you are in the world.