The Sky Q upgrade finally fulfills the promise made in 2017, yet UK viewers are left out.
AFTER YEARS OF WAITING, Sky has finally delivered on its promise of removing the satellite dish from the equation. However, those in the United Kingdom who are watching the game will be disappointed.
Sky Q has delivered on a number of promises made during its initial announcement, including wireless multi-room viewing, the ability to pause in one room and resume watching on a smartphone or Sky Q mini box, streaming in ultra-crisp Ultra HD HDR picture quality, and the ability to record six shows while watching live television. There is, however, one significant omission.
Sky first announced ambitions to eliminate the need for a satellite dish in 2017. However, despite a regular stream of other new enhancements, such as HDR and a redesigned Sky Q Voice Remote, the broadcaster has remained silent on the possibility of removing the dish in the four years since the announcement.
When the service was first announced, then-Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch indicated that streaming the entire Sky Q experience over a fiber broadband connection would allow more than six million households throughout Europe, including two million in the UK, to receive the critically acclaimed service.
Those without a satellite dish are currently forced to choose between skipping Sky TV programs entirely or watching the same shows on NOW (previously NOW TV). However, although the latter includes most of your favorite boxsets and live channels – from Sky Atlantic to Sky Sports Premier League – it lacks the same number of channels and features as Sky Q.
But that’s about to change… However, this is not the case in the United Kingdom. Not yet, at least.
Sky unveiled a new set-top box this week called Sky Q IP Box, which gives you access to Sky’s most popular live channels as well as streaming services and apps through your home’s internet connection. That’s all you’ll require.
There’s no need to dig holes in the side of your house to mount a satellite dish, or to beg your landlord to have a community dish installed in your block of flats (Sky Q requires a newer dish than previously installed apartments). “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”