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The new Sky Q service will be available in early 2016, is Ultra HD compatible and aims to deliver "fluid viewing". There are two new Sky Q boxes, a new app, new broadband hub and a redesigned Sky Q interface.


Sky has launched its much-anticipated new platform, called Sky Q. The platform includes two new Sky TV boxes, a new Sky Q app and a new broadband hub.

The box is Ultra HD compatible, with Sky promising to launch "the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra High Definition service later in 2016".

The main Sky Q box has a whopping 12 TV tuners and is capable of recording four programmes at once. The main Sky Q box is the powerhouse of the system, which can then feed a maximum of two Sky Q mini boxes in two other rooms. Each box is also a WiFi hotspot, boosting your network around your home.

You can watch on up to three TVs and two tablets at once - and it's the first time that Sky has allowed you to watch recorded content from your box on a tablet.

The new boxes also include AirPlay and Bluetooth for streaming music from a phone, tablet or computer. There's no support for video over AirPlay, however.

A new Sky Q app makes this possible, launching on iOS and Android tablets at first, with a smartphone app set to launch later in 2016. The Sky Q mini box too, the company's first wireless box, streams recorded content wirelessly from your main box and has access to on demand programmes.

The platform aims to deliver a "fluid" TV viewing experience, allowing you to watch recorded programmes and Sky content across multiple devices, in the home and in the go, including your recording programmes on a tablet.

The service launches with a brand new interface, which marries live and on demand content, and will offer content recommendations based on your viewing habits. There are apps too, such as Vevo and YouTube, plus editorial content from the likes of Wired.

Sky Q is a whole new platform for Sky and as a result, it won't work with existing Sky+ boxes. While Sky says it's always working on improvements to its service, it's unlikely the new interface will come to Sky+ HD boxes either.

There's a new remote for the Q system, with a touch interface promising to make browsing content easier and faster.

Sky Q will launch in early 2016, with pricing and further details on 4K channels to be confirmed nearer the time.
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"It's time to set your TV free" was the teaser video, and while Ultra HD was part of the announcement, it was the wireless, fluid viewing aspect of the new Q platform that took centre stage.

Rumours around a Sky 4K box had circulated for some time, with BT having beaten Sky to the jump earlier this year with a 4K box to accompany the launch of its BT Sport Ultra HD channel.

Sky established 'Project Ethan' to work on 4K TV back in 2014. Earlier this year it had been suggested Sky Q was the company's plan to deliver a Netflix-style interface, blending live and on-demand content, and the rumours were true.

The ability to watch content recorded to your Sky box on your mobile or tablet was long-rumoured and this finally arrived with Sky Q, as did the ability to stream different programmes to different sceens, all from the same box and Sky account. Another popular upgrade request was for more tuners - Virgin offers three tuners in its TiVo box as opposed to Sky's two - and Sky took a giant leap to a massive 12 tunes in the main Sky Q box.

There's no word on pricing - we wouldn't expect these boxes or the new Q service to be cheap - but Sky promised more information ahead of the launch in "early 2016".
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Sky has launched its much-anticipated new platform, called Sky Q. The platform includes two new Sky TV boxes, a new Sky Q app and a new broadband hub.
An App? A new broadband hub? A whole new platform?

I can barely contain my excitement at this.

Is it as flexible as the VW MQB Platform?
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Broadcast TV is dead. Sky haven't sussed this yet. 12 tuners. FFS.
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So you'll have a single main box connected to the dish, and it will send all necessary video output to individual devices by wifi I think is the gist. 12 tuners to allow all the different devices to view different channels (and record too).

I wonder whether you'll have to have Sky wifi for it to work?

Bet it'll be hellishly expensive. Unless they do use it as a hook to get people to use them for multiple services.
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So you'll have a single main box connected to the dish, and it will send all necessary video output to individual devices by wifi I think is the gist. 12 tuners to allow all the different devices to view different channels (and record too).

I wonder whether you'll have to have Sky wifi for it to work?

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expensive. Unless they do use it as a hook to get people to use them for multiple services.
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They will subsidise the early adopters to get as many people on board as possible.
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They will subsidise the early adopters to get them hooked on a new technological drug to drain them of vast amounts of money in the future.
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IIRC in a head to head between some of the main players on The Gadget Show a while back Sky actually came out as being the best value considering the service they provided.
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IIRC in a head to head between some of the main players on The Gadget Show a while back Sky actually came out as being the best value considering the service they provided.
Was there a heavy WAF rating? In my house SWMBO keeps saying get rid of it but is the main user of the all the PVR features and hated the interface of a Freeview PVR we had for a while. It has to be said the Sky UI is very very good.
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Not sure about the rating And yes I really like the Sky UI & it keeps improving with the updates

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I've used the Sky PVR at the in-laws and whilst it's not bad (not a lot to compare with), I prefer the PlayTV PVR on the Playstation (and no, that's not perfect either).

Depends what they were comparing in terms of value. If Virgin, then I'm not surprised... I don't think they're great value either!

And I'm not sure how much I read into the Gadget Show scores...
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And on the topic of Sky Q as mentioned elsewhere recently Sky Q hands-on review | What Hi-Fi?
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Sky Q info released today Sky Q release date set for February and premium pricing confirmed | What Hi-Fi?



and some info for the locals :IRISH: :

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The pricing, as a standard would be as follows:

Sky Q Bundle – €55 per month

•Sky TV in 1 room
•Stream TV on 1 tablet
•Take Recordings with you (via the Sky Q app)
•Record 3 shows and watch a 4th live
•Store up to 150 hours with 1TB storage on the Sky Q box
•300+ Channels including a Sky1, Sky Living, Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic
•Up to 65 HD channels
•Over 300 Sky Box Sets On Demand
•Free service visits
•3D On Demand
•Sky Go Extra & downloads

Sky Q Silver Bundle – €67 per month

•Sky TV in 2 rooms
•Stream TV on 2 tablets
•Take Recordings with you (via the Sky Q app)
•Record 4 shows and watch a 5th live
•Store up to 150 hours with 1TB storage on the Sky Q box
•300+ Channels including a Sky1, Sky Living, Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic
•Up to 65 HD channels
•Over 300 Sky Box Sets On Demand
•Free service visits
•3D On Demand
•Sky Go Extra & downloads
•UHD ready

Sky Sports and Sky Movies subscription costs will remain unchanged at €37.50 and €28 respectively or €46.50 when bought together.

The installation and Smart Features one-off costs from €99 will be determined by your current package for existing customers or your chosen package as a new customer ... call 0818 719 819 and get some more individual info.

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This does look good.
I have just laid a couple of network cables and a coax (for the magic eye) to connect my main Sky+ HD box in the living room to another TV upstairs. Using network HDMI baluns it does look really good but a right old faff to install and cable but it was more or less free seeing as I had the kit from a previous install.
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