Sky Q TV boxes have just been given a massive upgrade
Anyone with one of Sky’s top-of-the-range Sky Q boxes is in line for a huge feature boost and a brand new look.
According to Sky, this is the biggest change to Sky Q since the service launched in 2016.
The company has changed up the user interface (UI) to include an expanded view of the homepage, showing you more of what you like. Hopefully, this should cut down on the amount of time spent searching for what you want.
To keep the organisation flowing, Sky is introducing what it calls a ‘show centre’ for every programme, listing seasons, episodes, broadcast schedules and on-demand links all together in the same place.
This works in tandem with a new ‘smart button’ that’ll take you to the right episode more quickly. So, if you’re halfway through an episode of Gangs of London, it’ll say ‘continue ep. 3’, or if you’ve just finished, it’ll suggest you start the next episode. The smart button will switch between Continue, Delete, Watch from the Start, or Play the next episode – all based on what you watched last.
As well as making things easier to find through a redesign, Sky has improved the voice search functionality. The company says it’s now more intuitive, and will let you ask for themes and genres, alongside actors. So you could talk to your remote and say ‘thrillers with Nicole Kidman’ for it to bring up relevant suggestions of what to watch. You’ll soon be able to ask for entertainment themes too, such as ‘new shows’, ‘Halloween’ or ‘Christmas’.
Sports fans will also benefit from changes as soon all the latest games, news, documentaries, fixtures, podcasts and tables can be found in relevant ‘sports centres’.
Saying ‘football’ into the voice remote will take you to a page that brings together live and on demand football content from all channels and apps including; Sky Sports, Sky Sports App, BT Sport, terrestrial channels, YouTube and Spotify. You will see everything that’s on at that moment, with no need to scroll, search or dip in an out of apps. It’s not just football, Sky says users can do this for a range of sports including; F1, cricket, golf, boxing and tennis.
Lastly, following the launch of High Dynamic Range (HDR) on Sky Q earlier this year, the Disney+ streaming service is now available in this format for the first time. This puts Sky alongside the likes of the Apple TV and Samsung’s smart TVs which also have this feature.
‘We’ve redesigned Sky Q to make it even smarter, simpler and better at aggregating all of the TV and app content you love into one place,’ said Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer at Sky.
‘A new-look UI, improved voice search and more intuitive navigation make everything easier to find without having to search around, so you can get to the next episode of Succession, a brilliant football podcast, or choose from the most popular British dramas easily.’
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