Sky Q to get HDR and more 4K, Spotify and improved recommendation engine in a major feature upgrade

posted on Tuesday, 27th February 2018 by Steve May

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Sky has announced significant feature upgrades for its next gen Sky Q home entertainment platform, including the start of HDR broadcasting and a ramp up of UHD programming availability.

From next month, Spotify will also be available via Sky Q. Spotify subscribers will be able to search for songs or browse curated playlists within the Sky Q homepage (pictured above) and via the Spotify app. Customers will be able to use the ad-supported Spotify service for free, or log into their own premium account.

Sky Q is increasing personalisation features, based on household viewing habits. Sky Q’s Voice functionality is also being extended and integrated into recommendations, allowing users to ask for personalised selections (“show movies for me”). Machine Learning and algorithms based on a household’s viewing habits, will be used to show relevant content.

The company says this will improve content discovery. Voice functionality will even extend to general queries, says Sky (“what is the weather today?”).

The Sports section will also be personalised to reflect customer’s favourite sports and teams.

Sky Q is also revamping its user interface, introducing a new, widescreen display. The newly designed homepage will include ‘Most Recent Recordings’ and ‘Favourite Channels’ along with editorially curated selections of Box Sets, Movies, and Catch-Up TV.

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The broadcaster has committed to doubling the amount of Ultra HD content available this year, with over 1,000 hours of UHD content on Sky. Sky has also committed to introducing HDR service, although specifics on the start date and content remain unclear.

The multiroom viewing experience is being extended. Sky says it will support streaming to more content devices. A Sky Q app will become available on Smart TVs and third party devices.

Sky Q is also getting a Kids mode (pictured above), ensuring the platform can be used as child-friendly environment by parents.

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky commented: “Sky Q keeps getting better and better. With this suite of innovation, we are taking the user experience to another level - and we won’t stop there. We will continue enhancing Sky Q and finding new ways to bring customers more of what they love, and in so doing ensure we appeal to every household and every one in that household. With Spotify joining our Sky Q platform, we are giving customers the best home entertainment experience in Europe.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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