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    It's time to set your TV free

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      It's time to set your TV free

      Sky Q with fluid viewing!

      Sky today unveils Sky Q, the next-generation home entertainment system, opening up a whole new way of watching TV.

      Sky Q makes it easier than ever to access all your favourite TV and brings an even wider range of entertainment to the big screen. A family of advanced Sky Q products connects wirelessly to create a new ecosystem that makes TV viewing seamless:

      Watch shows from your box, whether live, recorded or on demand, anywhere around the home on another TV or tablet
      Pause viewing on one TV screen and pick up where you left off in another room
      For the first time, take your favourite shows with you by saving recordings onto your tablet to watch anywhere
      Watch different programmes on up to five screens simultaneously while also recording four other channels
      Supercharge your Sky Broadband by turning all your Sky Q boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots
      Scroll and swipe the new touchpad remote to choose what to watch on an all-new TV guide
      Use the powerful search capability of Sky Q to find everything related to a show
      Access an even wider range of entertainment on the big screen including YouTube, Vevo and the best of the web
      Browse your Facebook photos and stream music wirelessly using Bluetooth or Apple’s AirPlay

      After launch in early 2016, Sky Q will keep getting better with a stream of new features and innovations, including more of the best apps and web video. In addition, Sky Q will be Ultra HD ready in advance of the launch of the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra High Definition service later in 2016. The new service will offer customers a range of sports, movies, and entertainment content in stunning picture quality with up to four times the detail of HD.

      Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive, commented: “Sky Q is a brilliant new way for customers to experience TV on their terms. We wanted to re-imagine TV so that it’s flexible and seamless across different screens and to put a huge choice of entertainment at their fingertips. We think customers are going to love Sky Q and the great news is that it will get even better with much more to come in the future.”

      A ‘Fluid Viewing’ experience
      Sky Q creates a seamless, effortless TV viewing experience, which Sky calls ‘Fluid Viewing’. With Sky Q, it is easier than ever to watch your favourite TV, whether live channels, recordings or on demand, in any room, with the new wireless Sky Q mini box or with the Sky Q app on your tablet.
      Key benefits of ‘Fluid Viewing’ include the flexibility to pause what you’re viewing on your TV screen and pick up in another room on a TV or tablet. And for the first time we’re bringing the number one requested feature from customers, so you can take your recordings with you wherever you are. You can watch different programmes simultaneously on up to five screens around the home while recording four other channels – a first in the UK and Ireland.

      Supercharge your Wi-Fi
      The new Sky Q hub supercharges your Sky Broadband by turning all your Sky Q boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots for a stronger signal and better coverage throughout the home. And, in addition to a state-of-the-art, in-home wireless network, your Sky Q boxes can connect over your home’s electric wiring to give you the best connection available.

      Reinventing how you find and watch the TV you love
      With a completely new TV guide and home page, Sky Q reinvents how you find and watch the TV you love. A new touchpad remote lets you effortlessly scroll and swipe to choose what to watch, with the help of cover art so you can instantly recognise your favourite shows.

      The new guide provides a great combination of recommendations - a curated Top Picks selection on the home page, alongside personalised options found in the new My Q section which are based on what you have watched at different times of day. My Q lets you pause what you’re watching in one room and carry on in another on a TV or tablet. It also lets you easily find and watch the next episode of a series.

      In addition, Sky Q’s powerful new search capability brings together live, recorded and on demand content in one place. It shows you everything related to a show you have searched for – whether from live channels, recordings or on demand - and will suggest similar shows that you may like to try.

      Bringing more to the big screen
      On top of Sky’s unrivalled range of the best TV and movies from around the world, Sky Q opens up access to an even wider range of content. Customers will be able to browse their Facebook photos and stream music wirelessly over their TV sound system with Bluetooth or Apple’s AirPlay. And they can catch up with the latest news and sport through interactive sidebar apps which are seamlessly integrated into the viewing experience.

      Sky Q will also allow you to watch your favourite videos from YouTube, watch on demand music videos from the new Vevo app and stream the best of the web to any TV connected to Sky Q or Sky Q Mini. Initial streaming partners announced today include Condé Nast Entertainment including GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue and WIRED, GoPro, Jukin Media, Kin Community, Red Bull Media House and Whistle Sports with even more content creators to be added.

      Even more to come

      After launch, Sky Q will keep getting better for customers with the launch of Ultra High Definition later in 2016 and a pipeline of other innovative new features. To make searching for programmes even easier, Sky Q will add a powerful voice search capability. In addition, the ‘Fluid Viewing’ experience will come to even more screens with a new app for smartphones, with other devices to follow.
      A new family of products
      Sky Q’s ‘Fluid Viewing’ experience is powered by a new range of Sky’s most advanced products yet, all designed to work together in one seamless ecosystem. The new range of products includes:

      Sky Q Silver and Sky Q – two new super-slim, powerful boxes for the main TV set, featuring up to 12 tuners and up to 2TB of storage
      Sky Q Mini – a new plug and play box giving wireless access to Sky Q in other rooms in the home without running cables from the dish
      Sky Q Hub – the all new Hub has built in Powerline networking technology, so it can use in-home electrical wiring as well as Wi-Fi to communicate with Sky Q boxes, automatically giving the best connection available. The Sky Q Hub also turns Sky Q boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots which means Sky Broadband customers get a stronger signal and better coverage throughout the home
      Sky Q app - a brand new app for your tablets that lets you enjoy all of the Sky Q experience at home, and take recordings with you and watch live and on demand content on the go

      Availability and pricing
      Sky Q will be available in the UK and Ireland in early 2016, with pricing to be announced closer to launch. It will join Sky’s existing line-up of TV products including the UK’s most popular PVR, Sky+, and the online streaming service, NOW TV.

      https://corporate.sky.com/media-cent...of-watching-tv
      A special dedicated section on the sky corporate site with;
      - Product fact sheets
      - Image & video library
      - Biographies
      -Sky innovative timeline
      https://corporate.sky.com/media-centre/skyq

      You can register your interest too.
      http://www.sky.com/shop/tv/sky-q/ove...affiliate=true

      Sky Q is a range of set-top boxes, hubs and apps that combine satellite and internet TV viewing.
      The system is based on the notion of 'fluid viewing', so that customers can watch programmes across a number of screens - for example, pausing a show in one room, then watching it in another.
      Customers will also be able to download programmes to their tablet, to watch on the go.
      Interactive apps including YouTube and Vevo will also be available through the system.
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      Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: "We wanted to reimagine TV so that it's flexible and seamless across different screens."
      The television industry has become increasingly competitive with US technology companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Netflix all offering on-demand products through the internet.
      Asked whether a set-top box was old-fashioned in an age of online streaming services, Sky's director of new products, Andrew Olson, told Sky News: "What we found is that the experience is something that you just can't create without really controlling all the pieces of hardware and software, so we've brought all of that together into this new experience."
      Sky Q boxes will also double as Wi-Fi hotspots, connected through in-home electrical wiring, as well as Wi-Fi.
      David Mercer, from Strategy Analytics, commented: "Sky customers watch 20% of programmes on connected devices and Sky Q is squarely targeted at the most demanding of this on-demand generation.
      "And it needs to be; premium customers are the best bet for increasing revenue, as many people are looking to reduce TV bills.
      "Sky Q, alongside Now TV's 'buffet' model, means Sky now covers consumers at opposite ends of this spectrum."
      :: Sky Q will be available in the UK and Ireland in early 2016. Its pricing has not been confirmed.

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      Re: It's time to set your TV free

      "They wanted to reimagine TV so that it is flexible and seamless across different screens" and will cost you a hell of a lot more. "Free my wotsit".

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      Re: It's time to set your TV free

      Quote Originally Posted by pete.i View Post
      "They wanted to reimagine TV so that it is flexible and seamless across different screens" and will cost you a hell of a lot more. "Free my wotsit".
      surely "Free my wallet"
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      Re: It's time to set your TV free

      The Spec Sheet is pretty concerning/disappointing: https://corporate.sky.com/documents/...q%20silver.pdf

      Says the HDMI output is HDMI 1.4b and HDCP 1.2 which means any 4k content will be limited to 24hz. Unless they can somehow upgrade that by their firmware update later in 2016, but that seems unlikely, as it's usually a chipset upgrade?

      Also, it talks about just 2 x F-connector, which presumably means a new LNB is required to support the 12 tuners - anyone know if it will fall back to a standard 2 tuner box for those of us in flats where an LNB upgrade isn't viable without *everyone* buying it on one date?!

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      Re: It's time to set your TV free

      Quote Originally Posted by razord View Post
      The Spec Sheet is pretty concerning/disappointing: https://corporate.sky.com/documents/...q%20silver.pdf

      Says the HDMI output is HDMI 1.4b and HDCP 1.2 which means any 4k content will be limited to 24hz. Unless they can somehow upgrade that by their firmware update later in 2016, but that seems unlikely, as it's usually a chipset upgrade?

      Also, it talks about just 2 x F-connector, which presumably means a new LNB is required to support the 12 tuners - anyone know if it will fall back to a standard 2 tuner box for those of us in flats where an LNB upgrade isn't viable without *everyone* buying it on one date?!
      Confirmed in a number of places;

      2x HDMI
      – HDMI Out (HDMI 1.4b output with HDCP 1.2 – will be
      updated after launch to support Ultra HD)
      • HDMI In (HDMI 1.4 input (YUV & RGB) with HDCP 1.2) –
      for future use

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      Re: It's time to set your TV free

      The sky q live press event in 90 seconds



      Hope they put up the full live event later.

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