- Sky launches its first television that comes with built-in streaming services
- This means customers won’t need a satellite dish or box to watch Sky content
- Sky Glass will be available from £39 per month when it launches on 18 October
- Customers will have a choice of three sizes—43″, 55″ or 65″—and five colors
Sky today launched its first television with streaming services built-in, meaning customers won’t need a satellite dish or box to watch its content.
It is billed as ‘your TV like you buy your mobile phone’ with Ultra HD television available in five colors and three sizes.
Called Sky Glass, it will be available from £39/month when it launches in the UK on 18 October.
It marks a dramatic shift in the television world as the British broadcaster moves away from the satellite dishes that have defined its service for decades.
Sky boss Dana Strong said at the launch event in London that the 4K Ultra HD Quantum Dot television will work over a Wi-Fi connection instead and is ‘the only TV in the world that has Sky Inside’.
Dish-free: Sky today launched its first television with streaming services built-in, meaning customers won’t need a satellite dish or box to watch its content. Sky Glass TV is featured
How much does Sky Glass cost and what are the TV sizes and colors?
Sky Glass will be available from £39 per month when it launches in the UK on 18 October.
The 4K Ultra HD Quantum Dot television will work over a Wi-Fi connection and is ‘the only TV in the world with Sky Inside’.
What sizes are available?
- small 43″
- medium 55″
- big 65″
Which colors are available?
- Ocean Blue
- ceramic white
- racing beat
- dark pink
- anthracite black
How much does it cost?
43″ – £649 upfront or £13 per month
55″ – £849 upfront or £17 per month
65″ – £1,049 upfront or £21 per month
And what do I need on top?
Sky Ultimate TV (required) – £26 per month
Sky Cinema – £11 per month
Sky Sports – £25 per month
Sky Stream Puck – £50 upfront and £10 per month to stream on TVs in other rooms
Customers can also talk to smart TVs like home speaker devices Alexa and Google Assistant by saying ‘Hello Sky’ and asking for a specific show or movie they want to watch.
It’s similar to how the voice remote control works with Sky Q, the company’s current flagship subscription service, but Sky Glass also allows you to turn on the TV, control the volume, and switch on connected devices like Xbox consoles.
It will have a new home page which includes Content from Sky, BBC iPlayer, All4, Netflix, Disney+, ITV Hub, Spotify and Pelton.
Customers can also create a personalized playlists of their favorite shows and movies using a new button on the remote, while a The live ‘restart’ function means viewers can rewind or watch from the start if they miss the content.
The product aims to simplify how customers watch TV by integrating hardware, software, and content into a single device, rather than having to buy Sky TV with a box and dish on top of their existing television.
Sky Glass comes in three sizes – small 43″, medium 55″ and large 65″ – and five colors: ocean blue, ceramic white, racing green, dusky pink and anthracite black.
The TV or matching color stand will also be provided with an integrated mounting bracket, while the product features 360° Dolby Atmos sound with built-in speakers and sub-woofer.
Sky Chief Executive Strong said, “Sky Glass is streaming TV with Sky, providing a total integration of hardware, software and content.
‘Built over 30 years of understanding what our customers want, this is a TV that only Sky can make. We believe this is the smartest TV available and customers will love it.
Sky said its new product is the world’s first TV to be certified as carbon neutral, with a single power cable and built-in low power features that make it more energy efficient.
Customers can also talk to smart TVs like home speaker devices Alexa and Google Assistant by saying ‘Hello Sky’ and asking for a show or movie they want to watch.
Customers will be able to create a personalized playlist of their favorite shows and movies using a new button on the remote, while a live ‘restart’ function lets you watch content from the start.
It can be purchased either for £649 or via interest-free payment from £13 per month.
However, customers will still have to pay for the Sky Ultimate TV package, which costs £26 per month, to watch original content and Netflix, which brings the cheapest package to £39 per month.
By comparison, Sky Q costs £26 per month for 18 months – up to £49 in setup fees.
Sky Cinema and Sky Sports will have to spend an additional £11 per month and £25 per month respectively, while customers looking to increase the size of their TVs from 43″, included in the £39 deal, will get £4 more per month Monthly for a 55″ (or £849 upfront) and £8 more monthly (£1,049 upfront) for a 65″ TV.
Sky Stream pucks, which cost £50 each upfront, can be purchased as an add-on to Sky Glass to stream content to other rooms – similar to the current multiscreen offering – but on top of that for £10 A monthly subscription is also required. .
Options: Sky Glass comes in five colors: ocean blue (pictured), ceramic white, racing green, dusky pink, or anthracite black. Matching color stand will also be provided
The 4K Ultra HD Quantum Dot television will work over a Wi-Fi connection and is ‘the only TV in the world with Sky Inside’, Sky boss Dana Strong (pictured) said at the launch event in London.
The minimum connection required to stream HD content through Sky Glass TV is 10 Mbps, Sky said, and 25 Mbps for 4K. This is similar to the minimum for Netflix.
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