Adapting to new technology and tackling the threat of substitute products and services such as Netflix or Amazon and Apple TV, Sky has announced the launch of Sky Q. It introduces an entirely new concept to Sky’s satellite and Now TV on-demand products, blending live content and on-demand TV. It comes with new equipment to enable a ‘fluid TV watching’ experience, but will only be available to purchase in early 2016.
What does Sky Q consist of?
The Sky Q Silver Box or standard Sky Q Box allows the customer to watch and record multiple shows on different devices simultaneously. For example, the Silver Box, which is 4K ready, allows 4 programmes to be recorded, whilst watching a 5th live, and 2 programmes can also be streamed on a tablet or TV at the same time. This is convenient for a family that has different taste preferences. There is also four times more storage than the Sky+HD box so that all members of the family can record what they want with less of a limit.
The Sky Q Hub is used to communicate with the Sky Q boxes via Wi-Fi and enables them to double up as extra Wi-Fi hotspots and produce the best coverage throughout a home. This includes the Sky Q Mini box which is a plug and play box.
Wireless home entertainment has several benefits such as streaming recordings throughout the home on any smartphone of tablet via the Sky Q app. It also offers a multi-room visual experience, where users can pause a programme in one room and continue from the same spot in another room. Another convenient feature to point out is that recordings can be synced to allow the user to watch a programme on the go, without having to be online.
The Sky Q Touch Remote is designed to be intuitive to complement the new viewing experience which Sky offers. It incorporates a touchpad to enable you to find your favourite shows easier than ever before.
Sky Q aims to produce a seamless experience for its users by bringing entertainment together. View your photo library and sound system on the big screen and watch a TV show whilst catching up with the news on the new sidebar feature. A new Sky interface will be introduced to be more visual and show recommendations based on previous content viewed.
See here for how Sky Q fits in with the future of TV in our 'Streaming and the Future of TV' Blog.