Sky Q upgrade finally delivers on promises from 2017, but UK is missing


Sky Q has delivered on a number of promises made in its initial announcement – it offers wireless viewing in multiple rooms, you can pause in a room and pick up where you left off on a smartphone or Sky mini box. Q, Ultra Streaming – Crisp Ultra HD HDR picture quality and the ability to record six shows while watching live TV. However, there is a notable absence.

Sky first revealed plans to drop the requirement to have a satellite dish in 2017. However, in the four years since the announcement – and despite a steady stream of other new additions, including the arrival of HDR and a redesigned Sky Q voice remote control – the broadcaster has been silent on the possibility of dropping the dish.

During the initial reveal, Jeremy Darroch, then CEO of Sky, said that streaming the full Sky Q experience over a high-speed fiber connection would enable more than six million homes across Europe, including two million in the UK, who don’t own – or ‘I don’t want to own – a satellite dish to access the critically acclaimed service.

As it stands, those who don’t have a satellite dish have the choice of either forgoing Sky TV channels altogether or connecting through NOW (formerly NOW TV) to watch the same shows. But while the latter includes access to most of your favorite live boxes and channels – from Sky Atlantic to Sky Sports Premier League – it doesn’t offer quite the same wealth of channels or features as Sky Q.

But that’s finally changing … but not for those in the UK. At least not yet.

Sky unveiled a new set-top box this week – known as the Sky Q IP Box – that offers its most popular live channels as well as access to streaming services and apps through your home’s internet connection. And that’s all you’ll need.

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There is no need to drill holes in the side of your house to install a satellite dish or have your landlord install a common aerial in the apartment building you live in (Sky Q requires a newer satellite dish than apartments previously equipped for Sky + HD only). And those who live somewhere without a strong enough satellite signal won’t need to forgo the full Sky Q experience, either.

However, despite confirmation of its intention to launch this antenna-less TV option in the UK in 2017, Sky is currently only offering its new Sky Q IP Box to customers in Germany. has reached out to Sky for comment on this story. However, there is clearly nothing to share on a UK release date for the Sky Q IP Box at this time.

The current range available via a home broadband connection includes more than 80 channels, with all Sky branded channels, more than 50 free TV services, as well as themed offers like Eurosport, DMAX and Sport1. The vast majority of these shows will be available in HD picture quality, confirmed Sky Deutschland Proposal and Product Director Max Ehrhardt.

Sky Q offers a number of blockbuster movies, sports edits and box sets in Ultra HD (4K), however, these are not broadcast using a satellite signal … but instead, you will need an active internet connection to your -top case assembly.

Much like the satellite powered Sky Q box available in the UK, the all new Sky Q IP box available in Germany includes some of the biggest video on demand services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, YouTube, DAZN, YouTube Kids. , and Spotify. It should therefore offer a very similar experience.

The box can be connected via an Ethernet cable, or over Wi-Fi. The minimum bandwidth needed to watch Sky Q on your home broadband is 6 Mbps, Sky confirmed. For comparison, Netflix recommends a minimum of 5 Mbps for watching in high definition picture quality.

Sky Q customers in Germany who want to ditch the dish mid-contract will be able to upgrade to the Sky Q IP Box, Ehrhardt confirmed. Subscriptions start from € 12.50 (£ 10.70) per month and include the Sky Entertainment basic package. The minimum duration of the contract is one year. After that, you can cancel your subscription with one month’s notice. Additional channels and options may be added for an additional monthly fee.

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