Here's how to watch the Ashes live on your iPad or iPhone.
This summer's Ashes cricket series between England and Australia looks like an unmissable showdown. But what about if you can't get to a TV? Cheer up — you can watch the cricket action live on an iPad or iPhone. How's that? Er, LBW!
Steam the Ashes cricket live on Sky Go for iPad and iPhone
The live coverage in the UK is on Sky Sports - Sky has rebranded its second sports channel as Sky Sports Ashes for the duration. To stream Sky Sports on your iPad (or iPhone) you need two things: a Sky subscription (including the Sports package) and the Sky Go app.
Sky Go (download it here) is a free iPad and iPhone app with some nifty features, including a sort of intelligent quality control which will adjust the picture resolution to suit your Wi-Fi or 3G speed. 3G isn't a great option, but by dropping down the quality to compensate, Sky Go ensures that you've got a chance to see something.
Looks like a bit of a bottom edge. (Non-Ashes) cricket photo by Barry Skeates, under Creative Commons Licence
Even with the reduced picture quality, streaming video consumes a lot of data — especially when we're talking about a sporting even as long as the Ashes, which could last for 25 days altogether. So watch your data allowance, and try to stay in range of Wi-Fi where possible.
If you upgrade to the Sky Go Extra service, you can stream two channels at once, so your significant other can watch films, or comedy, or another sporting event entirely while you fill your boots with cricket action.
But what if you haven't got a Sky Sports subscription and don't fancy sitting in the pub?
Stream or download the highlights on Channel 5's iPad app
Happily, the evening Ashes highlights packages will be available on terrestrial TV, on Channel 5. Once again, if you can't get to a TV (and forgot to set the highlights to record) you can catch up using the Channel 5 app. It's called Demand 5. (Channel 5 also offers catchup on its website, but this requires Flash compatibility, which creates new problems for iOS users.)
Download the Demand 5 app here.
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