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Sky's got something big coming. And no, it's not a new channel dedicated solely to reruns of Pixar flicks – although we'd love to see that too. It's Sky Q, an all new premium pay-TV platform that the broadcaster is tipping as "the biggest reimagining of Sky in our history" - so, a pretty big deal then.
Adding new features, introducing a new UI, and throwing in new hardware with a new price point to boot, Sky Q marks a seismic shift in Sky's TV efforts. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming, Netflix-rivalling service.
he wait is almost over. The Sky Q release date has been confirmed and it's coming sooner than you might have expected. In fact it's just days away from launch.
Sky has confirmed that Sky Q will be available to buy from February 9 - that's a little over a week away - although it won't be in your living room straight away. Installs will begin "at the end of the month".Exactly when installs will begin is still a little unclear, but the wait shouldn't be a long one.
Sky Q Price: How much will Sky Q cost?
OK, let's get it out of the way early, the Sky Q price isn't going to play nice with your bank balance - sorry folks. Sadly, despite Sky repeatedly claiming that "it's time to set your TV free", this is anything but a literal claim where costing is concerned.
Instead of turning its back on costly monthly charges, Sky Q is about to make your subscription even more expensive
According to the TV giant, Sky Q will set subscribers back an average of £12 per month more than the comparative Sky+ HD deal. That's a lot of money for a new box and a polished interface.Sky Q prices will start at £42 per month - plus a £99 install charge. That's just for the basic model too.
The Sky Q Silver bundle - which adds multi TV pause and play features, more storage and 4K support - will cost £54 per month plus installation. Throw Sky's movies and sports content into the mix, and these prices are quickly going to rocket skywards.
The more you add, however, the less the price increases affect you. An all-in Sky+ HD bundle with sports and movies will set you back £87 per month. The same all access content on Sky Q will cost £88.50 per month. That's just £1.50 a month difference - or a couple of Mars bars.
What is Sky Q? A revolution in TV viewing explained
OK, you know when it's coming and how much it will hit you for, but what exactly is Sky Q?Dubbed a new "super-premium" pay-TV package, Sky Q isn't a service that will change the content you watch (there's no additional channels or exclusive shows here), but it will change how you watch it
Very much a new service, not a mere spit-and-polish, Sky Q includes everything from a reworked, more user-friendly UI and 4K content support, to advanced on-demand options and improved cross-device and offline viewing. It's not a Sky+ HD replacement though. Instead it will sit above the company's existing HD packages - likely with a price tag to match.
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It's not just about the living room TV, either. Sky Q, through the use of additional 'Mini' set-top boxes and dedicated tablet apps, will let households enjoy both live and on-demand viewing across three TVs and two tablets simultaneously – that's a serious amount of viewing.
Still not enough for you? A new 'Sky Q Sync' feature will also you take your recordings out of the house
On recording options, there's plenty of them. With Sky Q, the days of content clash are well and truly over - unless you have a seriously unhealthy TV addiction, that is. The service lets you watch and record multiple shows, across multiple devices simultaneously. A lot of simultaneous shows at that.
On the main Sky Q box you can record four live broadcasts while you watch a fifth. And that's before you throw in further viewing via the additional Sky Q Mini boxes and accompanying, tablet-friendly Sky Q app. Every member of a very full household can enjoy what they want, simultaneously, with feeds to spare.
Sky Q Features: All aboard the 4K bandwagon
It's time to wave goodbye to Sky's familiar blue background and text-heavy interface, Sky Q's got something else in mind. OK, so there's a new shade of blue to keep things pretty familiar, but elsewhere it's all change. Honest.
Having taken design pointers from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Fire TV, the reworked Sky Q UI features an image-led interface that better helps pull together the company's extensive box sets and movie catalogues with live showings. With a list of content types (TV Guide, Catch-up, Recording, My Q) sitting on the left of the screen, the right-hand side is dedicated to picture-heavy pullouts of top content. This makes finding desired content more user-friendly and less text-heavy.
Pleasingly, this easy on the eye design is the same across all platforms. Whether enjoying Sky Q through the new set-top box, Mini boxes or tablet app, there's the same, simple to navigate experience – handy.
This cross-device uniformity comes into its own with 'My Q', a feature that lets you jump pick-up and put-down content without losing your place. Pause a film on your living room TV and you'll be able to press play – from exactly where you left it – on your tablet or bedroom telly.
It's not just how you access content that Sky Q is changing, it's the quality of the stuff too. 4K is the future of TV, that's a fact, and Sky Q will play nice with its UHD ways. Although there'll be no 4K content on day one - you'll have to wait until later in 2016 for that - all the Sky Q hardware is 4K ready.
While there's no new programming heading exclusively to Sky Q, given its increased online focus, YouTube and Vevo apps offered added viewing options. Curated online channels boost things on this front too. There's even a dedicated cute cats channel to help pass the hours - aww.
Sky Q Box and Remote: All change on the hardware front
Now all these design and feature improvements would be no good without the hardware to power them. Here, Sky Q has something special. Well, a few special things actually.
There's a new set-top box, the Sky Q Silver, which measure up roughly half the size of the existing Sky+HD unit you've got sat under your TV. Despite its newly compacted form, it plays host to 12 tuners and 2TB of internal storage. That's five times more space than today's standard HD box, and enough to store hundreds of films and more TV shows than you're ever likely to watch.
Sky's not getting all egotistical about the content push either. The Sky Q box offers Apple Air Play support to let you cast your own content and features a number of online apps, including YouTube, GoPro and Red Bull channels. There's no Netflix app on day one, but we've been told it could be on the cards in the near future.
The Sky Q Silver box will be the focal point of the service, but Sky Q is about far more than a single product. It's a fully connected, home-encompassing service. Integral to this is the new Sky Q Mini box, a compact, connected set-top box that syncs to your new home system as opposed to the dish on the outside of your property.
Playing nice with the new Sky Q Hub router, the platform, as well as supporting all the latest Wi-Fi standards, can send internet over your home's electrical network to every device. This turns any Sky Q Mini boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots.
The remote's changed too. And dramatically. Adding touch controls and an integrated mic for voice searches, the remote is more attuned to navigate the reworked, picture-heavy interface. It's pebble shaped and somewhat similar to the Fire TV remote with its circular touch panel – albeit bigger and with more buttons.
Sadly, the Mini boxes will come with a different, sans-touch remote, although the innovative peripheral will be able to snapped up separately - for an extra charge of course.
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