Be good if it had FTA. And can record to the tablet. Tablets have a lot of storage these days, be handy at times.
If sanity could prevail (and egos get checked at the door) then FTA shouldnt be too hard, should it? Providing there is no cost to TVNZ or Mediaworks to provide stream and no cost for Sky to incorporate the streams into SkyGo then it should be an easy outcome. TVNZ and Mediaworks get additional eyeballs without having to pay away (like AppleTV or equiv) and Sky gets more stickiness without additional cost.
Why would putting a stream into SkyGo be any different than via any other medium (AppleTV, PS, Xbox, etc etc etc). Its an outlet - and one with the development cost already bourne by Sky?
I can only assume its due to TVNZ and Mediaworks get a financial benefit from their apps or website - advertising. That doesnt matter on a Skybox as the ads are on their own channels, but if the eyeballs are watching Three on SkyGo, the eyeballs dont see the extra ads on the Three app or the Three website, that are outside of the broadcast title.
why would sky waste money paying for the bandwidth to support other stations channels. Skygo has no ads for their on demand however the FTA put ads in their on demand programs. Also if sky just "streamed" their channels from tvnz/mediaworks content system it brings in issues of 3rd parties controlling what is seen in sky apps (i.e. ads, r18 programs etc).
I'm unsure how much extra cost there would be, if any. While users can just go to the FTA OD apps, there is very nice added value if Sky Go was everything in one place. Its just a live stream, what Sky already broadcast on their STB. If users want to watch FTA, they will. Thats doesnt affect Sky as they will watch it anyway, so lets make it easier and have SkyGo all in one place
They would need to bring the feeds in (which they already do) then load that to their CDN, there is a cost to stream that out. There could be a license fee from TVNZ/Meidaworks to "stream" their content online. Sky would also not be able to remove the ads from these channels which could also have contract issues for their ad sales department and what ads are displayed. It could also effect the over all feel of the app.
Not saying it won't happen just saying its not an easy "just add them" thing.