20 March 2020 12:43
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Record - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Sky has announced extra benefits for customers as more people work from home or self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak. The temporary benefits include Sky Go Extra, which will be available to all customers for free, so everyone in the house can enjoy access to Sky TV on up to four screens at the same time. SKy Go Extra usually costs £5 per month and allows customers to stream content live and download catch-up TV from their subscription package onto a phone, tablet, laptop or games console. Get Sky Go Extra here. (Image: Sky) Sky Mobile customers are also getting an extra 10GB of data free of charge and calls to UK landlines at any time of day will be free for existing Sky Talk customers from this weekend until the end of April.
Sky also recently announced that it will work with NBCUniversal to make a range of what would be new cinema releases available to rent at home through the Sky Store. (Image: Getty) The service launches today (Friday) and SkyQ and Sky+ customers will be charged £15.99 for immediate rental of films on the same day as their official release. The Invisible Man and The Hunt will be available from March 20 with Trolls World Tour available on April 6. And as schools across the country close, Disney Plus is launching in the UK on March 24 and will be available to watch via the SkyQ box. Disney Plus features more than 500 films and 300 series plus originals and documentaries, including The Simpsons box set, Pixar classics and Frozen.
With millions now working from home or self-isolating to stop the spread of the potentially fatal virus, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are doing their utmost to keep people connected online. Virgin has confirmed that, starting next week, it will hand more than 2.7 million Pay Monthly customers unlimited minutes to landlines and mobile numbers, plus a 10GB data boost – at no extra cost. This helpful incentive will last for a month. Along with free calls, Virgin Media says it's working hard to make sure its broadband network survives the onslaught of everyone staying at home. The firm has stated that its technicians and support teams are keeping an eye on its service and performance to make sure it can respond to extra traffic. In a post on its website, Virgin said: "As more people may be working from home at the moment, it's important to know our network can withstand any increased usage, including peaks throughout the day, in the evenings and at weekends. As usage rises, our existing capacity will be able to take it – but we'll have a close eye on things and make changes if we need to." READ MORE: UK broadband blackout: Coronavirus could 'overload' networks as millions work at home TV subscription giant Sky has revealed a number of extra services will be made available to customers for FREE. The announcements comes as the nation hunkers down at home following Government advice due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. On its 'How we're responding to Covid-19 page,' the company said: "In such challenging times, we are working hard to keep you connected to what matters, when it matters most. "Our first priority is ensuring our customers continue to get the very best service we can provide. "We'd love more people to experience Sky, but for the time being we're focusing our attention and resources on making sure we do our very best for our existing customers. "Whether this is prioritising the calls coming into our call centres, improving our online service, or sending our engineers on visits to your home to keep your services up and running. "With us all likely to be spending more time at home in the coming months, we're also doing a few extra things to make your Sky TV experience even better." Free services, new channels, movies and a pause on subscriptions for customers In an email sent round to its customers, Sky explained that it's doing a multitude of things to aid customers during the virus outbreak. This includes "making Sky Go Extra available to all our customers for free, so busy homes will have access to Sky TV on three screens at the same time." Sky is also launching three new channels this Spring - all of which will provide "high quality factual programmes that can help educate as well as entertain". Sky History Sky Nature Sky Documentaries As going out to the cinema may no longer be possible for a while, Sky is also making a range of movies available in your home through Sky Store - doing so on the same day as the global premieres. This will begin with DreamWorks Animation's Trolls World Tour on April 6. The company is also bringing customers YouTube kids and Disney+ to Sky Q in the coming weeks, so there's something for all the family. What about sports subscriptions? Sky is also allowing customers to pause their sports subscriptions due to many of the recently postponed sports events. You will not be charged a fee to do so, or be held to any notice period. Broadband, calls and data Regarding the cost of calls, Sky said: "To make it easier for you to keep in touch with your loved ones without worrying about costs - especially if you are self-isolating or reducing social contact - calls to UK landlines at any time of day will be free for our existing Sky Talk customers from this weekend to the end of April." For those worried about data, the company added,"With the prospect of many of us working from home, we want our existing Sky Mobile customers to be able to access the internet without worrying about running out of data. "So, we'll soon be adding a 10GB data boost into the Piggybanks of all of our customers, free of charge. "This can be shared across all the SIMs on your account."