SKY has confirmed it has included a popular feature loved by fans of its Sky Q subscription platform in the tin.
A spokesman told The Sun that split-screen mode, which lets you watch two live sporting events at the same time, has been put on the pasture.
“The split-screen feature that ran on Sky Q at the Sky Sports Main Event was removed last year,” they said.
“Customers can continue to watch highlights with Sky Sports Recap and watch another show or highlight shows through Sky Go.”
Fans of the feature first pointed out on online forums that it was long gone October 2021.
Previously, viewers could watch two sports events on the same TV screen by pressing the red button on their Sky Q remote.
However, forum posters noted that the option disappeared when the button was pressed.
It came as a surprise as Sky still hasn’t notified users of the change via email or on its website.
“I’ve been using split screen for years and it’s only become an issue in the last few weeks,” wrote one user last year.
“It hasn’t shown up at all for the past few weeks.”
Months later, Sky still hadn’t made any official announcement about the changes other than a few Twitter posts from support staff.
Instructions for using split screen continued to be available on the broadcaster’s website long after the removal.
As recently as July, the feature was featured on a tips and tricks webpage entitled “5 more things you didn’t know about Sky Q”.
Split Screen was a very useful feature if you’re the kind of person who’s interested in two different sports that occasionally overlap.
For example, you might be a Premier League fan who also enjoys watching F1.
This sometimes means you’re forced to watch a thing or two, as the main Sunday game often runs concurrently with the big race.
With Split Screen, you can watch both at the same time by streaming both at the same time on the same TV screen.
Sky has not yet given a reason for removing the feature.
It’s possible it just wasn’t used by enough people to bother supporting it on Sky’s systems.
For Sky fans missing the feature, fear not! There is a way to watch two streams at the same time without them.
With the Sky Go app it is possible to watch a second program on an iPad or smartphone.
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