Sky has now launched its own range of smart TV’s that will not need to use a satellite dish or a set up box, it is called Sky Glass and will be available to buy in the UK from October 18, 2021. In Sky’s other European markets the Sky Glass will be available to buy from next year, Sky has described its Sky Glass as a “no-fuss” streaming TV. The new Sky Glass will eliminate the need for an external box, Sky also claimed the Sky Glass would be the world’s first carbon-neutral TV. Sky has said: “The Glass TV will cut electricity consumption by about 50% by doing away with multiple boxes and also Glass TV will be recyclable and will be sent with plastic-free packaging.”
The Sky Glass specs include:
- A 43in, 55in and 65in TV’s
- One single wire and one single plug
- 4K ultra-high-definition quantum-dot screen
- Voice-activated interface
- Will be available in 5 different colours
The smart TV will be able to buy at the price of the smallest 43in will be £649, the 55in will be £849 and the largest 65in will be £1,049 respectively the TV will need an additional subscription to Sky. Users who already have the £26 Sky Ultimate TV subscription will pay an extra £13 extra a month for the smallest 43in, the 55in will be an extra £17 a month and the 65in will be an extra £21 a month. Although it will require a Sky subscription, content from BBC iPlayer, Amazon, Netflix, Disney+, ITV hub and All4 will also be available also some Sky channels and content from other broadcasters. If the customer wants to cancel their Sky subscription after purchasing the TV, they will still be able to use the TV but will lose some of its advanced features such as voice control and playlists.
The TV aims to simplify the largest screen in the house by doing away with the need for multiple boxes, separate speakers and a mess of cables, while adding smartphone-like features. It detects your presence to wake when you walk in the room and responds to voice commands with “Hello, Sky”. It will learn from your family’s watching habits to suggest appropriate content, even if it is within apps such as Netflix or from another device such as an Xbox. Software updates will give it new features, while a Zoom capable video chat camera add-on is coming in Spring 2022. The Sky Glass boasts an integrated Dolby Atoms surround sound system with six speakers, and promises to automatically adapt to the content being broadcast and ambient light in the room to offer the optimum speech and picture quality. The remote has also been simplified.
Dana Strong, the group chief executive at Sky, said: “The streaming revolution and the explosion of content has brought a whole new set of challenges. Sky Glass is the streaming TV with Sky inside. Most people use multiple apps to find the content they want. But the apps are not connected, and the experiences are fragmented. So we spend more time searching for content than enjoying it.” She also said: “You can now buy your TV just like you buy your mobile phone, with a range of flexible monthly payment options.”