No doubt with one eye on the upcoming festive season and the other on the soon to be packed streaming VOD market, Sky has unveiled an updated version of its Sky Q box.Sky’s current UltraHD Q box has been the mainstay of the service since its launch in 2016 and provides 4K compatibility and 2TB of storage on its internal disc. If you wanted to join the Sky Q service, there wasn’t any other hardware option.
The company did then introduce a cheaper set-top box which halved the storage capacity to 1TB and dropped several of the features of its bigger sibling, including shelving the UltraHD support.
Now, however, the newest 1TB version of the box restores 4K Ultra HD compatibility, adds voice search and the option to record up to 6 shows simultaneously. It will also support two Sky Q mini boxes so that shows can be viewed on other TVs around the home at the same time - this does incur an additional cost though but at least the option is now available.
In bringing the price down to half the monthly £50 of the current 2TB box, Sky has given consumers a conundrum in having to juggle the additional recording options against the reduction in storage space. 1TB allows 500 hours of programme space compared to 1000 hours with the 2TB version. Viewers will therefore have to make sure they are organised in their catch up viewing, otherwise the disc will become full pretty quickly.
Sky has also now introduced the option to have Netflix included in their content package and the service is fully integrated so you can search for Netflix content from within Sky. Your current Netflix account details are handled by Sky, as is the monthly billing. At the end of your contract, if you no longer want to keep Netflix as part of your Sky package, your account and billing details just revert back as before.
Additionally, Sky and the BBC recently announced full integration of the BBC’s iPlayer service into Sky Q along with the promise that BBC shows will reach Sky more quickly and Sky has also recently replaced the Sky Q app with a new, redesigned Sky Go app.
The Sky Q 1TB set-top box is now available at a base monthly cost of £25. Your additional Sky TV package options will add to this monthly cost.
Are you thinking of leaving Sky for the new VOD streaming services that are now (or soon will be) available? Does this new raft of features do enough to change your mind? Let us know in the discussion thread.
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