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Sky took off the covers of a brand new QLED television during a glamorous keynote presentation in London today. It was the satellite broadcaster’s first major hardware announcement since the launch of Sky Q in 2015, which replaced Sky + HD in its offering the following year.
Called Sky Glass, the Quantum Dot 4K TV contains all of the circuitry necessary to stream the entire Sky Q experience over Wi-Fi. Yes, for the first time ever, Sky doesn’t need a satellite dish on the outside of our home to watch channels, pause and rewind live TV, and receive on-demand box sets. Sky has been trying to discard the bowl for years. The first time the company publicly announced that it would be disconnecting its paid television service from the satellite dish was in 2017 when then-CEO Jeremy Darroch announced that it would open Sky Q to more than six million new customers across Europe , including two million in the UK. With the launch of Sky Glass this month, Sky has finally delivered on that four-year-old promise.
Only dependent on a W-Fi connection, Sky Glass offers the same experience as the existing Sky Q-Box. You can use voice commands to quickly find a movie or jump to a channel, and you can preview a channel live while you browse the rest of the TV guide. Just like Sky Q, this sleek 4K TV comes with some of the most popular streaming apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney +. Shows and films from these services are recommended on the homepage in addition to live television and on-demand box sets from Sky.
The smallest Sky Glass set is 43 inches, with the largest panel available being 65 inches.
Just like with Sky Q, these recommendations are based on your viewing history. Sky says it updates its suggestions six times a day. You can also browse all of these services with a simple voice command so you don’t have to worry about accidentally paying for a movie that is included with your Disney + subscription, for example.
Sky Glass, which the company says is a television “only Sky could make,” comes in five different colors – Ocean Blue, Ceramic White, Racing Green, Dusky Pink, or Anthracite Black. Sky will include a new, redesigned remote control in the same color. The front grille that covers the speakers can also be removed and replaced to further customize the appearance of the TV. Sky includes a matching panel as standard, but you can choose a contrasting color for a unique look.
The television is certified as “climate neutral”. According to Sky, the television consumes less energy than a stand-alone Sky Q set-top box and soundbar that are connected to your television via HDMI, as everything is integrated into the television – with up to 50 percent less power consumption than the conventional set -Top.
The QLED TV is available in five colors – blue, white, green, pink or black
For those concerned that an Ultra HD TV with built-in Sky Q could cost a small fortune, Sky CEO Dana Strong quickly allayed those fears during the keynote. The British broadcaster has confirmed that prices will start from £ 13 a month. In return, subscribers receive a Sky Glass television and a bunch of channels. Just like with existing Sky subscriptions, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and Bundles with Netflix and Disney + can be added at an additional cost.
Sky Glass will ship to UK customers in the UK from October 18, 2021, with additional countries to be added in 2022, Sky has confirmed.
The QLED panel contains a Dolby Atmos certified soundbar. Sky Glass only needs a single power cable – so you can stream the latest blockbusters from Sky Cinema, exclusive box sets from Amazon Prime and Disney + and sports equipment on Sky Sports, all with Dolby Atmos sound without a spaghetti-like bundle of cables hanging behind your TV set. However, Sky Glass includes a number of HDMI ports that you can use to connect other devices, including game consoles.
A newly designed TV remote control is color-coordinated with Sky Glass
Since this is the first time you are managing your HDMI connections through Sky (instead of looking for HDMI inputs to find your Sky box), the company has added a ton of new voice controls. Sky Glass detects which devices are connected via HDMI so you can say “Xbox” or “PlayStation” to switch to that device. No need to know what is connected to HDMI port 1, 2 or 3 … the TV does it all for you.
A new voice command – “Hello Sky” – switches on the television.
Sky Glass supports HDR and 4K Ultra HD image quality. Sky Q has long supported these two formats, but Sky Glass automatically adjusts the visuals on the screen based on what you see. That’s something you can’t get from a stand-alone Sky Q set-top box and your existing TV – no matter how good it is.
When you enter the room, Sky Glass will automatically turn on and display your recommendations
Six speakers and a dedicated subwoofer are placed in the chin on the underside of Sky Glass for high quality sound, Sky says. The broadcaster worked with Dolby’s engineers to ensure it supported the Dolby Atmos industry standard. Sky spent time specifically tuning into some of its most popular content, including live soccer.
If you want to buy Sky Glass without a subscription, you can buy a 43-inch panel for £ 649, the 55-inch panel costs £ 849, while the largest Sky Glass panel available – 65-inch – will set you back £ 1,049 . As mentioned above, Sky subscribers can purchase Sky Glass as part of an ongoing monthly subscription. The TV comes with all the TV channels included in the Sky Entertainment package from £ 13 per month for the 43-inch model.
Those who want to subscribe to the 55-inch model will have to pay £ 17 a month and £ 21 a month for the 65-inch panel.
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Sky Glass is available in 43, 55 and 65 inch screen sizes
If you’re worried about getting a Sky Glass subscription today … and missing out on a better TV announced by Sky in the future, don’t worry. Sky recognizes that some people always want the latest and greatest technology. Subscribers can therefore switch to the next-generation Sky Glass TV when the announcement is made. The upgrade works just like Sky Mobile’s monthly smartphone contracts, which allow customers to switch to the latest iPhone every year.
Of course, you’ll also need to add a bunch of TV channels to stream the latest box sets, movies, live channels, and sports from Sky. These start at £ 26 a month for Sky Q and Sky Glass customers and include exclusive channels like Sky Atlantic, which air some of the biggest US dramas like Succession, Little Big Lies, Game Of Thrones, The Undoing and Mare Of Easttown. to name a few. It also includes Sky Sports News, Sky Comedy, MTV, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, and more. The £ 26 per month package also includes a subscription to Netflix so you can watch exclusive shows from the streaming service like Sex Education, Stranger Things. to be able to enjoy and squid game on sky glass.
Despite its size and the included speakers, Sky has worked hard to ensure that Sky Glass can be mounted on any wall. The British broadcaster has developed an innovative system that uses magnets to attach the television to your wall. It can of course also stand on its own. Sky says it doesn’t have a Sky logo on the front of the TV so it will blend in with your decor. The company wants the television to look like a well-designed piece of furniture, not a piece of technology.
Sky doesn’t expect customers to buy a separate TV for each room. For those who want the same wireless multiroom experience that is currently available with Sky Q, the broadcaster offers small Apple TV-like set-top boxes that can be connected to other TVs in your home. Called the Sky Stream Puck, these HDMI boxes connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and offer the same experience as Sky Glass. The recordings are synced in your home, so you can pause in one room and pick up where you left off on another TV. However, each sky box (or sky glass telly) has its own recommendations based on what you’ve seen in that particular room.
In addition to the new form factor, Sky Glass has a new user interface that is different from Sky Q.
Dana Strong, Group Chief Executive of Sky, said at the launch: “Sky Glass is the streaming TV with Sky inside and offers complete integration of hardware, software and content. Based on over 30 years of experience with what our customers want, this is a TV that only Sky can make. We believe this is the smartest TV out there and that customers will love it. “
In the run-up to the keynote, there were a number of indications that Sky was about to announce new hardware. The UK broadcaster’s parent company, US media company Comcast, released a press release a few weeks ago in which it unveiled a new lightweight set-top box called XiOne, which confirmed that it was being used for Xfinity subscribers in the US and with the Sky branding to its customers in the UK and mainland Europe. It is this XiOne hardware that forms the basis of the Sky Streaming Puck for viewing in multiple rooms.
Sky is also experimenting with dish-free television in other European markets, including Germany and Italy. However, Sky Glass’s streaming service announced today in London goes much further than what we’ve seen from the company in other areas. For example, Sky confirmed on stage that UK subscribers would be able to watch crisp Ultra HD HDR quality over a broadband connection … something that is currently unavailable to Italian or German subscribers.
Express.co.uk will bring you the latest news and opinions on the launch of the Sky Q hardware in the hours and days ahead, so stay tuned.