Sky Q adds HDR movies plus new features

Christmas entertainment in HDR

by Andy Bassett
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Sky Q adds HDR movies plus new features

Sky will add over 40 new movies in HDR to Sky Cinema along with new personalised collections and a series of updates to Sky Go.

As well as HDR movies, Sky’s latest rollout of new features will include easier and more personalised navigation, more sporting action available to watch via Sky Go and the ability to continue to watch recordings and access apps even if the satellite signal is lost.

Coming good on the broadcaster’s overall commitment to improving the amount of HDR content on its service, Sky will be adding at least 40 movies in HDR in time for Christmas, meaning subscribers to the Ultra HD add on pack, and with compatible TVs, will be able to experience the films with improved contrast and brighter, bolder colours. Although a full list of movies hasn’t been released, they will include nostalgic classics such as the Back to the Future Trilogy, Sky Originals like The Secret Garden, brand new releases Emma, Little Women and Bad Boys for Life as they arrive on Sky Cinema plus recent favourites such as all eight Harry Potter movies, Dolittle and Le Mans 66. Apart from new premieres, all movies in HDR will be available from 9th December.

In addition to movies, Sky is increasing the number of Sky Original shows that can be enjoyed in HDR which will expand this December to include Tin Star: Liverpool, Gangs of London and Emmy award-winning drama Chernobyl.

The addition of a new ‘HDR’ icon in the content header information will also help inform viewers when shows and movies are available in the format.

Sky Q adds HDR movies plus new features

Finding new shows suited to your tastes will be easier with the expanded voice search features which will respond with personalised suggestions when prompted by commands such as “What should I watch?” and “Show me great TV.” It will also be possible to see what’s live on a list of ‘favourited’ TV channels with the new personalised ‘What’s On Now and Next’ rail, which will be added to the home page, meaning you don’t need to keep dipping in and out of the TV guide.

New for Sky Go are video shorts showing the latest trending news, interviews and action across football, golf, cricket and boxing, and now there’s also access to Sky’s red button channels for even more sport such as Master’s Golf, EFL and Nations League matches on the go.

Extra parental controls will be added in the form of ‘PIN for Apps’ which can be used to manage access to apps such as YouTube that kids are using on the TV. Once a PIN is set for an app, it is required every time the app is opened up. 

Moreover, Sky has now made it possible to continue watching recordings, video on demand and access apps when a satellite signal is lost due to dish damage or poor weather conditions.

Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer, Sky, said: “We’re continuing to add new features to Sky Q and Sky Go, with updates almost every week, so your Sky TV experiences keep getting even better. You can watch more TV and movies in stunning HDR picture quality, get personal with voice search, enjoy more sporting action anywhere with Sky Go, and find more of what you love with our simple homepage, easy.”             

The new features will begin rolling out on the 18th November and be available to all Sky Q customers by mid-December.

Source: Press Release
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