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      Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      Sky gears up to launch SkyQ: Broadcaster is tipped to launch a blend of live and on-demand TV to rival Netflix and Roku | Daily Mail Online
      Sky gears up to launch SkyQ: Broadcaster is tipped to launch a blend of live and on-demand TV to rival Netflix and Roku

      • Sky is set to launch 'super premium package' tomorrow morning
      • The firm has teased SkyQ with the tagline: 'It's time to set your TV free'
      • Services is expected to support Ultra HD 4K video quality, have a new look interface and allow families to watch TV on different devices at once


      There may be more free TV channels than ever, but despite this, many people still opt to pay extra for their favourite shows and channels.

      In a bid to keep up with competition from the likes of Netflix and Virgin Media, broadcaster Sky is set to launch its 'most significant' new product since it rolled out its HD packages a decade ago.

      Dubbed SkyQ, it is rumoured to comprise a set-top box and 'super premium package', but details are scare ahead of tomorrow's press conference.

      The firm has teased SkyQ with the tagline; 'It's time to set your TV free'.

      It appears the aim is to entice current customers to upgrade their HD packages as well as tempt people away from their competitors' offerings.

      Industry sources told The Telegraph that Sky will likely keep pricing under wraps and SkyQ may not launch until the New Year.

      The new service, which will be separate to Sky's satellite offering and Now TV on-demand service, is tipped to blend live and on-demand TV.

      It is also rumoured to bring Ultra HD 4K video quality to Sky TV channels for the first time, playing catch-up to the likes of BT and Roku.

      Unlike Sky's main service, with its distinctive blue interface, the new offering will reportedly feel more like an Apple product with carousels of images.

      It is also expected to offer intelligent recommendations features across live and on-demand shows, which is similar to that already offered by Netflix and Virgin Media.

      Like Sky Go, the service will additionally allow users to stream and record content around the home and to four devices such as tablets at once.

      However all these features will likely come at a cost.

      SkyQ is expected to be Sky's top-of-the-range package and Jeremy Darroch, Sky's chief executive suggested at an investment conference earlier this week that prices of current packages may rise too.

      'I think the opportunity for pricing is good and it is certainly our intention in the UK to do that [raise prices],' he said in Barcelona.

      'We want to do that behind innovation, behind improved service, behind improved content.'

      This may be because Sky has to pay 4.2 billion for its Premier League football rights over three years - an increase of 83 per cent compared to the previous deal.

      MAIN SKYQ RUMOURS

      • Name: No official name has yet been announced but the service is thought to be called SkyQ
      • Expensive: It's thought to be a 'super premium' service with prices as yet unknown.
      • Blended: The service looks set to be separate to Sky's satellite offering and Now TV on-demand service and will blend live and on-demand TV.
      • Clear: It is rumoured to bring Ultra HD 4K video quality to Sky TV channels for the first time.
        [*New Look: The text-heavy menu on current sky packages may be replaced with a more picture-centric carousel showing programmes.
        [*Flexible: SkyQ will reportedly let families watch and record different shows on up to four different devices at any one time.


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      Re: Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      I was so excited until I realised this came from the Daily Mail

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      Re: Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      I guess this'll make it worse...

      There was a similar article posted by The Express last Sunday... SkyQ set to launch next week - here

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      Re: Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      It will be interesting to see the cost considering the cost of the regular packages, still, at least they seem to be trying now.

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      #SkyQ has now been launched. The first customers will be receiving it early next year. The main STB is smaller that the current SkyHD STB.

      You can have 2 additional smaller boxes (Sky Q Mini) connected to the main.

      Each box can work as a WiFi hot spot.

      Only the main box has a 2TB hard drive and is connected to the dish.

      Also Sky has announced the new Sky Q Hub. Supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHZ channels. The DSL port will work on both ADSL and VDSL connections. WiFi speeds to be confirmed.

      Prices to be confirmed next year.

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      Re: Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      The DSL port will work on both ADSL and VDSL connections. WiFi speeds to be confirmed.
      Wait, so this will also be replacing the sky router?

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      Re: Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      It's a new router, probably configured to work seemlessly with the other 'Q' stuff. I don't think they'll be sending it out as a replacement for all SR102's and thier predecessors, although that would be nice.
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      Re: Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      Quote Originally Posted by tech3475 View Post
      Wait, so this will also be replacing the sky router?
      I would think it will become the new standard router for new customers, and probably a cost option upgrade for existing customers.
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      Re: Sky gears up to launch SkyQ

      Do you think the new router will be needed to work with the Q kit or will it work with older Sky or 3rd-party routers, e.g. BT Hub/Virgin etc.?

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      Quote Originally Posted by mattan View Post
      Do you think the new router will be needed to work with the Q kit or will it work with older Sky or 3rd-party routers, e.g. BT Hub/Virgin etc.?
      Looks like the Sky Q receivers will work with any router, but from what I've read it looks like you would need the new Sky Q Hub to make the Sky Q boxes into wireless hotspots.
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