Sky TV users could see some ‘magical’ changes next month with the satellite firm announcing a big launch event in October. A mysterious invite has just been sent out to media with the words, “Something magical is coming. Be one of the first to see it.” That cryptic clue is all we know right now but, if recent rumours are correct, Sky could use this event to release an upgrade that many have been waiting for.
Right now, the only way to get Sky’s award-winning Q service is through a dish on the wall. That’s not ideal as some people aren’t allowed or simply don’t want this hardware screwed to the outside of their homes.
Since 2017, the firm has been promising an update that would allow customers to access this popular platform – which offers pin-sharp 4K content and the option to record numerous channels at once – through their broadband.
During the initial announcement, then-CEO Jeremy Darroch said that streaming the complete Sky Q experience over a fibre broadband connection would enable over six million extra households across Europe, including two million in the UK.
Although it’s taken a long time time to launch, Sky customers in Germany can now get Sky Q through an internet connection and the UK could be next.
Express.co.uk recently revealed that this update, dubbed the Sky Q IP Box, was being trialled in some British homes.
All channels are beamed straight to TVs via an internet connection with the box able to broadcast in full HD quality – our source has also revealed that Ultra HD may also be available soon.
There’s also the option to record up to 1,000 hours of telly and there are all the usual options including access to Sky Cinema, Sports and Entertainment.
We’re also expecting this updated box to offer non-Sky content including Netflix, YouTube and Disney+
Another nice feature of the Sky Q IP Box is that it’s a lot smaller than the standard device which should mean it fits neatly under the telly.
In terms of pricing, don’t expect a dramatic difference between the satellite-less Sky Q and its dishy counterpart. We’re informed that contractual periods will be the same, with viewers likely to pay £26 a month for access to the complete suite of Sky TV channels.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly what Sky has in store but, if you want to know mow, set a reminder for October 7 as that’s when all will be revealed.