High 5 Methods Sky Q and Sky Glass Viewers Should Grasp
Sky Q and Sky Glass have a lot of hidden tricks, here are the main ones to master This article contains affiliate links, we may receive a commission on all sales we generate from it. Learn more
As Elton John predicted, it’s Christmas time now. That means you’ll likely spend the day devouring fried spuds, sprouts, pigs in blankets, boxes of chocolates, and ending the food marathon with board games and lots of television. If you have Sky Q or Sky Glass at home, hundreds of on-demand box sets, new blockbusters, sports and exclusive shows and movies from streaming services are waiting for you this Christmas.
Whether Sky’s engineers took a few days to set up your set-top box or you’ve been watching for years, this nifty kit contains a lot of tricks and shortcuts – and you probably don’t know all of them. To help you master the Sky Q box – and get you to the next episode of your favorite show or classic Christmas movie – Express.co.uk has compiled a list of five basic tricks every Sky Q owner can use need to have in your pocket.
So without further ado, here are our top Sky Q and Sky Glass tricks and tips …
Sky Q and Sky Glass remotes handle fast forward very differently
1 / Skip the ads
There’s nothing like an advertisement for Viagra, fast food, or replacement kettles that spoil the mood when you’re watching a movie with the family over Christmas. Of course, newcomers to Sky Q and Sky Glass also know how to fast forward through a recording. However, sometimes pressing and holding the fast forward button isn’t fast enough.
Fortunately, there are some faster options for those who want to jump to a specific scene in a movie, or catch up on the last few moments of a movie or episode.
If you have Sky Q, two fast forward speeds are programmed into the remote control. While you press the ▶▶ button on your remote control you will zoom through your show, while pressing the right arrow on the control pad will jump forward faster. For example, two to three taps on this button should skip a complete commercial break. Unfortunately, Sky Glass comes with a simplified new remote control that always uses the directional pad to fast forward or rewind.
Fortunately, the best option to skip the ads is to rely on voice control, which is available on both Sky Q and Sky Glass. When you press the microphone button on your remote, you can say “Go To 45 Minutes” or “Skip 30 Minutes” to instantly run to a specific point on the show. For those who have owned a Sky + HD box in the past, this is the best that Sky Q has to match the “Start From …” feature, which allows viewers to enter an exact time to start playing a recording start. It also means it takes a few seconds to skip an entire commercial break (usually around four minutes on ITV and Channel 4 if you wonder).
Even better, Sky Glass includes hands-free voice control so you don’t even have to search through the pillows on the back of the sofa to find your remote control. Instead, you can use the wake-up phrase “Hello, Sky” to alert the All-in-One 4K TV that you are going to give a voice command. Then ask for “Jump forward four minutes” and you are right back in the movie or show.
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2 / Find new shows to watch
The staggering number of streaming services – each rolling out new must-see movies and box sets every few weeks – can be a little overwhelming. If you long for the days of three terrestrial channels, Sky can help cut through the noise. With support for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney +, and Apple TV +, Sky Q and Sky Glass now offer support for the most popular streaming services. When you log into your existing account (with Sky you can easily bundle a subscription to Disney + or Netflix with your monthly Sky TV bill) on your box you can browse the catalog of series and films available on Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV + and. Disney + is included when you search Sky.
First of all, this means that you will never accidentally pay to rent a movie on the Sky Store that is included with your subscription. It also means you don’t have to constantly switch between different apps to compare movies or series before making a commitment.
But the really clever thing about it is that Sky keeps an eye on your viewing history and makes smart suggestions based on your tastes. You’ve probably already noticed the boxing sets, movies, and sporting events that appear in the main menu when you turn on Sky Q or Sky Glass. But until you sign up for all of the streaming services available from Sky, these recommendations only apply to Sky’s own selection of shows, films, sports and channels.
If you follow this tip, you’ll soon see the most talked-about box sets from Netflix and Oscar-winning films from Prime Video side by side with live shows appearing on Sky channels that evening, all of which are presented in the main menu when you click the Turn on the television. Sky Glass updates these suggestions six times a day. Although there will likely be more family-friendly recommendations in the early morning, you’ll see Squid Game, Se7en, and the new Chucky series behind them as watershed approaches. Not all of Sky’s smart recommendations will come out on top, but it’s a great way to break through the incredible number of options out there.
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3 / Increase the quality
Sky Q and Sky Glass are both brilliant options when it comes to watching the latest movies in the best quality available. Sky has been a vocal advocate of 4K Ultra HD picture quality for years and recently added HDR to the mix. Provided you have an HDR-compatible television, the latter will bring more accuracy for scenes with difficult lighting conditions. If you watch a somber horror movie or a brightly lit Christmas wonderland, you’ll notice the upgrade.
And not only the picture, Sky Q and Sky Glass also support Dolby Atmos Surround Sound. Called Dolby Digital Plus in the Sky Q settings menu, this format was designed to create a cinematic experience in your living room – with rumbling bass and surround sound that really immerses you in. Unfortunately, it can be a little tricky to find out exactly which titles support Dolby Atmos. Fortunately, you can ask your remote control.
If you hold down the microphone button on your remote and say, “View Dolby Atmos content,” a separate menu will load with the latest shows and Hollywood blockbusters that support the immersive audio format for your surround sound system.
While looking at Sky Q, you can find a lost remote by pressing the Q logo on the front of the box
4 / Find a lost remote control
If you’re struggling to find your Sky Q remote among piles of discarded wrapping paper, there’s a quick and easy way to find it. When you press the Q on the front of your Sky Q-Box, a repeated beep is triggered by a small speaker on the remote (a bit like a car alarm, but for your remote).
Sky built this feature in so you can quickly find a remote control that’s hidden between two pillows on the back of the sofa … but it works the same when the remote control is hidden by Christmas trash. To stop the beeping, press any button on the remote control to signal that you have found it.
Unfortunately, there is no corresponding function integrated in Sky Glass. So if you’ve misplaced your brand new remote control, you’ll have to take the sofa apart, move the pillows, and look under the tables the old-fashioned way. Fortunately, the hands-free voice control built into this clever 4K TV means you can always be in control of what’s going on on the screen. Use the “Hello, Sky” alarm phrase to start it, then ask the TV to change channels, pause a recording, navigate to a streaming app like Disney +, or turn it off.
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5 / Avoid expiration dates
Sky has a pretty phenomenal on-demand library – even the entry-level Ultimate TV bundle has 500 on-demand box sets, including critically acclaimed hits like Game of Thrones, The White Lotus, Mare Of Easttown, Chernobyl, The Wire , True Detective and the Sopranos. However, the box sets and films available in his library are not available indefinitely. They have an expiration date, so be sure to check them out before they disappear from the catalog.
Fortunately, there is a clever workaround to avoid this problem. When you download a movie or box set to your Sky Q box, it will be available as long as you have your set top box connected under your television. Even if a particular movie or series may have left the on-demand library, you can still watch it as often as you want without any problem.
Just make sure you have enough space on your Sky Q hard drive to store dozens of episodes of TV shows or 4K movies.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way with Sky Glass. That’s because this all-in-one QLED TV doesn’t have a spinning hard drive inside. Instead, Sky shows streams you’ve added to your playlist from the cloud, including catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub. This means that you are at the mercy of these constantly changing catalogs. When you have Sky Glass, it is best not to delay picking up a series that really interests you for months as there is no guarantee that it will still be available to stream when you get around to it.