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      Sky TV - Here are the features STILL missing from your Sky box

      Sky TV - Here are the features STILL missing from your Sky box | Tech | Life & Style | Express.co.uk
      SKY launched its next-generation satellite box – Sky Q – one year ago. And while there are plenty of brilliant features of be getting one with, there are still a few missing. Here's what we would love to see Sky bring to its flagship set-top box ahead of its second-year anniversary.

      This month marks the one-year anniversary of Sky's latest flagship satellite box going on sale in the UK.

      Dubbed Sky Q, the next-generation set-top box was completely redesigned from the ground-up, with sleek new hardware, a bluetooth remote that swapped buttons for a circular touchpad, and wireless multi-room.

      Sky Q was almost unrecognisable from its predecessor, Sky+ HD.

      And with the new hardware and software came a slew of new features – recorded shows could be paused and resumed on different devices throughout the house, and customers could download content from the set-top box to a smartphone or tablet to take with them ahead of a long journey.

      In the year since it launched, Sky has pushed-out a number of software updates for Sky Q, including Auto Download Next Episode last summer, which automatically begins to download the next episode of the series you are currently watching, so you can binge without interruption.

      The UK broadcaster also rolled-out a new way to fast-forward, leveraging the circular touchpad instead of the designated capacitive buttons above it.

      And there is plenty more to come. Sky has already teased what it has planned next its next software update to the Sky Q system.

      The UK broadcaster has promised a swathe of new software features in "early 2017", including a more personalised My Q interface, and voice search capabilities.

      Here are some more details, as well as some of the other features that we'd love to see hit the Sky Q platform ahead of its second-year anniversary.

      More Apps


      Sky Q launched with a handful of preinstalled apps that customers can use while watching television. The lightweight widgets slide-in from the side of the screen with bite-size information.

      It's a brilliant feature, and allows viewers to quickly scan the latest headlines or check the weather without interrupting the show.

      At launch, Sky Q only had a small selection of apps, including Sky News and Sky Sports. Unfortunately, one year on, that number hasn’t increased.

      It appears third-party developers haven’t exactly leapt at the opportunity to create a custom Sky Q application. And that’s a real shame.

      We would love to see social media websites launch apps for Sky Q, allowing viewers to quickly check what’s trending on Facebook, or being said on Twitter. about whatever show is on – something that would bring a new level of interactivity to live events, like the BRITs or Super Bowl, for example.

      These apps would also be useful for takeaway food vendors, like Just Eat or Domino’s, giving viewers the chance to launch the app during a movie to order a pizza with the Sky Q remote.

      Record Upcoming Series


      Sky Q boasts a number of beautiful, curated homepages, that collate shows from different networks, live and on-demand, that it thinks you might enjoy.

      It’s a great way to surface hidden gems – or hit series that everyone is talking about – without having to hunt through the traditional TV Guide.

      However, Sky Q could make some improvements for viewers who already have a show in mind that they want to record.

      The next-generation satellite box has a pretty comprehensive search, that shows customers all upcoming air dates, on-demand episodes available to download to your set-top box, and relevant items in the Sky Store.

      This works really well, but only when the show you’re looking for is on air.

      Searching for a show that does not have an air-date (or any on-demand episodes available from Sky) does not bring-up any results. So, you’re unable to tell Sky Q to automatically start a Series Link on your chosen show whenever it next appears in the EPG, or Electronic Programme Guide.

      Sky Q will already do this – but only if you recorded the previous series when it was on air. So, for example, if you put a Series Link on Game of Thrones season five last year, Sky Q will assume you want to watch season six, when that premieres the following year.

      Unfortunately, Sky Q viewers can’t tell the box to do the same thing, if you missed out on the last season, when that aired the previous year.

      It’s a small tweak, but one that would ensure forgetful viewers got the chance to see their favourite series the second it aired.

      Voice Search


      Sky has been teasing customers with the Sky Q’s voice search capabilities when it was first unveiled, back in November 2015.

      The UK broadcaster has told Express.co.uk voice search will launch as part of a blockbuster software update due to roll-out in “early 2017”.

      However, when the vast majority of rival smart boxes, like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku, already ship with voice search, it’s a little disappointing that Sky has not managed to ship the feature during its first year on-sale.

      There’s even a dedicated button on the Bluetooth touchpad remote, which currently only serves to act as a persistent reminder that there is a missing feature on your set-top box.

      Sky have been pretty tight-lipped about how voice search would be implemented, but there is staggering potential here.

      “Play BBC One," would be a nice addition.

      But hopefully Sky will take its voice implementation even further and include some intelligent software features – like the Amazon Fire TV – allowing Sky Q viewers to ask questions like "what time does The Apprentice start?" only to get a response – as well as a prompt to set a Series Link for the next episode.

      There’s also potential to extend the voice capabilities with Amazon Echo.

      The smart speaker has enjoyed enormous success since it launched in UK last year, and the ability to ask Alexa (the cloud-powered assistant that powers the Echo) to play or pause your programme, or set a recording, from another room, would be a brilliant addition.


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      Re: Sky TV - Here are the features STILL missing from your Sky box

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      We would love to see social media websites launch apps for Sky Q, allowing viewers to quickly check what’s trending on Facebook, or being said on Twitter. about whatever show is on – something that would bring a new level of interactivity to live events, like the BRITs or Super Bowl, for example.

      These apps would also be useful for takeaway food vendors, like Just Eat or Domino’s, giving viewers the chance to launch the app during a movie to order a pizza with the Sky Q remote.
      That social media interaction was tried with the sky+ app some years ago when Sky bought a stake in Zeebox.
      Think it all got shelved, as it seemed to all disappear.
      Sorry, but I certainly do not want social media apps or pizza ordering apps on my Sky Q box.
      They are better sat on a phone/tablet.

      Think the searching for upcoming series is the old chestnut of having Never Miss integrated into the Sky box.
      One very annoying thing though was moving from sky+hd to sky q, as you did lose all your old next series links. But hey ho!

      As for voice search, yes many including me are eagerly awaiting it and I agree it does need to integrate with Alexa. The voice go to standard now.

      See BBC iPlayer will soon have some fluid viewing across some set top boxes, apps and connected tvs, but they will be calling it Pin and Pair.
      http://www.a516digital.com/2017/02/b...s-iplayer.html
      Last edited by lettice; 19-02-17 at 12:29 PM.

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      Re: Sky TV - Here are the features STILL missing from your Sky box

      I know that my main TV has a Facebook app. If you log in you can tell the world what you're watching. Very sad.

      The app I use the most on my TV is YouTube. After that it's streaming content from my laptop or tablet.

      I do have a host of others available, but in fairness I don't subscribe to Amazon Prime or Netflix, so that's them out. BBC iPlayer is used occasionally when I can't find something on the Sky STB. Weather apps and others like that are generally easier to use on your phone or tablet, especially when it comes to adding new locations.

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