- Sky Glass is a new smart, streaming television that doesn’t require a satellite dish or box
- It will be available in three sizes on monthly payment plan
- The new system is also the first TV to be certified as carbon neutral
Sky is launching a new smart, streaming television called Sky Glass that doesn’t require a satellite dish or box.
The telecom giant said the new system, which only requires connection to a Wi-Fi network and has a single power cable, will “change the role of TV in the home”.
The 4K smart television is also the first to be certified as carbon neutral and has energy-saving features including auto-switch-off and fully recyclable packaging.
Due to launch in the UK on October 18, Glass is available in three screen sizes – 43-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch – and a choice of five colors with a new remote control.
Sky is launching a new streaming TV called Sky Glass that doesn’t require a satellite dish or box
Sky is offering monthly payment plans that are used for mobile phones to pay for TV.
It said Glass for 43-inch TVs would start at £13 a month, also requiring a Sky Ultimate TV package – which starts at £26, meaning a full Sky Glass package from £39 a month will begin.
Meanwhile, the 55-inch screen is available on top of a Sky TV subscription for £17 per month and the 65-inch screen for £21 per month.
For those who wish to buy in advance, the full price of the 43-inch is £649, it is £849 for the 55-inch and £1,049 for the 65-inch.
However, they have to pay for the channels.
The TV will come with 4K Ultra HD display as well as Dolby Atmos 360 surround sound.
It will also be voice-activated, with users being able to say ‘Hello, Sky’ to turn on the TV, and request specific channels or programs using voice commands.
The new home page will bring together content from Sky as well as catch-up and streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Disney+.
Meanwhile, a new playlist feature will allow users to list their favorite content from all channels, apps and live TV in one place.
Additional TVs in the home can get Sky channels by paying £10 per month for a Puck device.
Sky said the system aims to simplify the way people find and watch TV by integrating hardware, software and content.
According to Sky, the system aims to simplify the way people find and watch TV
Sky Group Chief Executive Dana 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.
At the launch event of the television, it previewed a 4K smart camera paired with Sky Glass that is to be unveiled in 2022.
It will enable video-calling through the new smart TVs, as well as use movement tracking and gesture controls to allow users to play games and participate in home workouts.
Experts agree that the new television is overdue but voice concerns over what carbon neutral television really means.
Ernest Doku, technical expert at Uswitch, said: ‘For people watching TV in the 1990s, the idea of being able to pause and rewind programs seemed like magic.
‘But it’s about time Sky sprinkled some magic dust on the old satellite dish.
Instead of adopting streaming like Netflix and Disney+, Sky is channeling its channels and other content into QLED smart TVs called Sky Glasses.
‘This all-in-one solution ultimately does away with set-top boxes and dishes, which have historically turned many potential customers away.
“The subscription and upgrade path means customers are likely to stay in the Sky ecosystem longer as the device evolves with them.”
Sky claims Glass is the world’s first carbon neutral TV. And while the details are thin on the ground, it would be a laudable achievement.
‘However, encouraging consumers to get rid of working televisions to get Sky’s version may generate unnecessary electronic waste.’
Customers looking to watch Sky content without such a huge commitment can sign up for a Now TV subscription on a monthly basis, with cinema packages starting at £9.99 per month.