...League Football matches.
Sky Q customers can watch 4K sport and movies from August
From August 13, Ultra HD content will be available on Sky Q Silver plans
By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
One of the flagship features of Sky Q when it was first announced last year was the promise of Ultra HD channels. The company will soon deliver on this promise.
From August 13, any Sky Q customer with a Sky Q Silver plan will be able to watch 124 live Premier League games and the premiere of Spectre in UHD.
More than 70 movies, as well as natural history shows and documentaries, and TV series, including Channel 4's The Blacklist will be broadcast in this 4K format.
The changes will form part a free update to the existing Sky Q Silver packages.
“With Sky Q, we created the world’s best TV experience," said Luke Bradley-Jones, director of TV and content products. “Now with the introduction of an unrivalled line-up of Ultra HD TV, the service is going to get even better. So whether you’re a football fan, movie buff, natural history enthusiast or drama junkie, customers looking for the next-generation of TV viewing will love it.”
Sky Q was initially announced in November and began rolling out last month. It is a considerable upgrade to the firm’s set-top box offering and took three years to develop.
The flagship of the range is the 2TB Sky Q Silver box, which is offered alongside a standard 1TB Sky Q box, and a touch remote which has been simplified.
For wireless capability, both the Silver and standard boxes are dual band on 2.4GHz and 5GHz and also boast Bluetooth 4.0. The main differences between the two options are memory (2TB vs 1TB, though only 1.7TB and 700GB respectively are available to customers); recording ability (Silver can record four channels while you watch a fifth, while the standard Q box allows only three channels to record); and connectivity (Silver lets you stream content on two tablets plus allows simultaneous viewing on two Sky Q Mini boxes.
This is similar to the existing Sky Multiscreen boxes, while you can access content on just one tablet and Sky Q Mini on the standard version.
If you use the Sky Q Hub router, all the Sky Q boxes, be they full size or mini, will act as repeaters making sure your Wi-Fi coverage at home is as comprehensive as it can be with that setup.
You can also send audio to the boxes via Bluetooth and iTunes Airplay, and then set those boxes up as a multiroom audio system, similar in function to a Sonos system, letting you play music around the entire house, party style, should you wish.