Sky is reportedly testing a new Sky Q box for the UK market that will provide the service over broadband, without the need for a satellite dish or cable connection. It follows the launch of such a service in Europe, more than four years after its first offer.
Sky originally announced plans for a television service to be provided over broadband in early 2017.
“We plan 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”, Stephen van Rooyen, then Managing Director of Sky UK, now also responsible for UK and Europe, announced on January 27, 2017.
It was originally slated to launch in the UK in 2018 and has since been launched in Italy, Austria and more recently in Germany.
The German service does not require a cable or satellite connection and can be used with any broadband service provider with a connection of 6 megabits per second or more.
The small device is the size of other online video boxes, including those from Sky’s NOW service, or competing products from Apple or Amazon.
In Germany, the proposal includes more than 80 channels, including all Sky channels and more than 50 free TV channels, including those of ARD, ZDF and RTL, and online services of ARD, ZDF, arte and TVNOW. Also included are the channels of ProSiebenSat.1, Eurosport and DMAX.
Service in Germany starts at € 12.50 per month with an annual subscription for free channels only.
Most channels are available in high definition but not currently ultra high definition, although the hardware is apparently capable of supporting it. There is no possibility to record programs, but it is possible to watch up to three different devices at the same time. It integrates with services from Netflix, Amazon, Disney +, YouTube, DAZN, and Spotify.
The Sunday express Sky reports that Sky is testing a similar box in the UK with customers across the country. He suggests that it will support ultra-high definition for an additional monthly fee. Its source suggests that the new Sky Box will include 1,000 hours of cloud recording and the ability to pause and rewind live TV. Pricing is likely to be similar to that for satellite service. No UK launch date has been announced.