Sky to offer Sky Q over broadband, no dish required

posted on Thursday, 26th January 2017 by Steve May

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Sky has announced plans to launch Sky TV without the need for a satellite dish for the first time in the UK. The move will give millions of homes, currently unable to install a satellite dish, access to Sky channel packages over broadband. The service is expected to launch in the UK in 2018, probably as part of Sky's fast fibre broadband package.

Sky says Sky Q has a penetration of more than one million boxes in around 600,000 homes in the UK. Sky Q customers watch 10 per cent more TV compared to those with Sky+.  Sky is also expected to add Dolby Atmos audio to its feature slate, with the 3D audio format supporting UHD content. This year there will be eleven dramas from Sky Original Productions including Fortitude, Britannia, Riviera, Tin Star, Gomorrah and Guerrilla. Sky currently offers over 300 hours of UHD on-demand content.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK’s Chief Executive, said: “This year is about giving our customers even more quality, choice and value. We’re planning to launch our Sky TV service without the need for a satellite dish for the very first time, giving millions more homes the chance to enjoy TV with Sky Q. We are continuing to build our European TV production studio, with 100 original series going into production. And with innovations like the My Sky app, we are finding new ways to make our customers’ lives simpler.”  

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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