Question What's the purpose of Sky Q?

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    1. gwladok5

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      Is it fair to say Sky invented Q to promote a much more user friendly way of providing multi-room/devices and not UHD? With the number of 4k TV's increasing rapidly nationwide, Sky dont seem to be bothered about rolling out UHD programmes. It's even difficult to get them to confirm which are their current UHD programmes and those likely to be introduced in the near future.
       
    2. logiciel

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      No.
      There are a few broadcast UHD football games, but plenty of films and documentaries in clearly defined groups to download.
       
    3. muppetman

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      Take a look around there isn't tons of broadcast UHD about , going forward this will change.
       
    4. dts

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      Plenty of uhd content if you look around the sky Q guide.. On demand has some decent stuff. For films, live football, formula one,.
       
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      Agreed but very little coming over from the US broadcasters just yet , going forward this will increase.
       
    6. dts

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      It needs HDR or the other format..to start to really shine.
       
    7. logiciel

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      On Sky there's none unless you pay for sports in which case there's two or three football games and some car racing each week.
      I'd like to think that more will follow, but I've the feeling that the Internet is taking over.
       
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      There's plenty of non sports UHD content - movies, documentaries, box sets, etc.
       
    9. adam-burnley

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      Logi was referring to broadcast content, the rest is on-demand, which is downloaded over broadband.
       
    10. jotty

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      The big players atm re broadcast UHD content is Netflix and Amazon who I doubt will join the SKY platform hence the reason most new TV's have apps. SKY will catch up no doubt and I think the new Soundbox will push things along faster on the run up to Christmas.
       
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      Neither broadcast UHD content yet, its only available on demand.
       
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      Why?
       
    13. logiciel

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      Which all comes through the Internet. I don't see them ever being broadcast.
       
    14. kevkbuk

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      Why not?
       
    15. logiciel

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      Just my guess. Most stuff is downloaded.
       
    16. jotty

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      If we believe the bumf about the Soundbox being dd+ then this puts it on a par with Amazon and it will hopefully result in a bit more competition for UHD content.
       
    17. jotty

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      it’s all on demand which is what I alluded to and a lot is UHD 4K or HDR, apart from stuff that they don’t have a full rights to show in HDR like the new Star Trek.
      SKY need to stop giving us mediocre stuff dressed up in 4K clothes.
       
    18. TimmyH

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      It's a bit like when HD started on Sky - there wasn't a lot then it slowly built up.

      The thing about UHD is that there isn't the "Wow" factor that there was when shifting from SD to HD.
       
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      For me (only have a 1080p TV) I got Q for neither UHD or Multiroom.

      I initially took it on (the 1TB box) for the £30 per month for everything deal. That's ended now, but I'm keeping it minus sports for £57 per month. Reasons I want to keep it are:

      • The interface is vastly improved over the old Sky guide.
      • 90% of the things I watch are on-demand, cinema, boxsets etc and Q makes that so easy and fluid to access.
      • Both my kids (4 & 1) have plenty on there to keep them occupied
      • I like having movies available at press of a button.
      • The voice controls with the latest update are now really good.
      I expect there's more but that'll do for now.
       
    20. Joe C

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      I got it mainly for multi-room, but not for the reason you may think - the big bonus for me is the mini boxes not having any moving parts. I was forever being woken up by the Sky+HD box in the bedroom when it's hard drive started going. Q has removed that.

      Other reasons to get it were UHD and being able to copy recordings onto my tablet. I travel a lot with work, so that's a big plus for me.
       
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      Why ? UHD is a niche market and not likely to change in next couple of years, so not a high priority for Sky, I reckon...
       
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      I disagree to a point... technology is moving on at a much faster pace than before, and most people I know that have Sky have upgraded to Q already.

      Pretty much everybody I know now has a 4K TV of some description. Go back 5 years, and only a small number had FHD TVs. So it does seem (I accept from a very small sample) that people are happier to adopt newer technology faster than before - perhaps down to initial cost, availability or even hype. 4K does seem to be being promoted a lot more than FHD was, so perhaps that's the difference?

      In any case, I think providers are going to push 4K a lot more as a differentiator between it's competitors (other than cost and selective content), and the big jump will of course be the addition of HDR / HLG / DV etc., along with Atmos and other object based audio formats.

      Sky will pick and choose which new features to bring to the market first, but inevitably they will have to keep up with the other players to avoid losing too much ground.
       
    23. JayCee

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      Can't see that having much impact on Sky Q takeup.
      Enthusiasts apart, the vast majority of TV viewers are happy as long as the sound quality is acceptable.
       
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      Yes I agree and feel the UHD4K thing will gather pace like the move to HD did.
       
    25. Skull n Bones

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      Fair points.

      I only know 1 person with a 4K TV ( also, small sample ) and most others are in no rush to upgrade.

      I seem to remember HD being more heavily advertised at the time then, than the current UHD now, tho advertising models have changed, as has my memory.
       
    26. adam-burnley

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      Pretty much everybody I know, didn't know the difference between HD and FHD (and still don't!), yet they have heard of UHD / 4K.

      The point is, that you'd struggle to buy a none 4K TV these days, however, previously you could have bought either an HD or FHD TV.

      For the reasons already mentioned, I think 4K content will come thicker and faster that HD content did, as there are more ways to obtain 4K than there was with HD for a long time.
       
    27. MrCoopz

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      I got Sky Q last week and I disagree with people saying there is a lot of UHD stuff on there. You only have about 15 box sets on there most of which are 1 season then Football, F1 and at present the Porsche super cup.

      Films are a better with around 90 but the rest is very poor
       
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      For me it was the UHD. It's positive that Sky Q Silver also supports Dolby Digital Plus after a recent upgrade (as well as Atmos, but for me that'll be further down the line).

      I'm not much of a sports fan, but do watch a lot of the UHD downloads on offer, and am hoping to see more channels available in UHD live in the future.

      I'm a bit disappointed Sky Q doesn't support HDR, although that said, the image quality is still very impressive.
       
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      Technically, Sky don't broadcast or supply on demand what most would define as true UHD content. They supply 2160p, 10bit content with a HD colourspace. It's missing the WCG and HDR attributes that most would associate with UHD content. I.e. what you'd get from Netflix, Amazon Prime and on UHD BD.

      I originally bought into Sky Q for the 'UHD' content but the ability to record so many different things at once, multiroom 'without wires', touch remote, EPG and search functionality are that I keep it for.

      Paul
       
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      Sky Q runs off its own network allowing for multi room with ease. They’ve recently reduced costs for adding adding mini boxes too. I’m not aware of any broadcat TV or mainstream TV in UHD but Sky have plenty. Box sets, new series and spots such as F1 and Premier League. I found it a very worthy upgrade.
       
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