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Sky ditches satellite dishes and set-top boxes for Sky Glass TV

Emma Lunn
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Emma Lunn

The telecoms giant is launching Sky Glass – a 4K UltraHD smart TV set which integrates hardware, software and content.

Sky Glass means Sky customers will be able to get Sky TV over WiFi for the first time, with no satellite dish or TV box. The new streaming TV from Sky will be available to buy in the UK from 18 October and will launch in Sky’s other European markets from 2022.

Sky Glass, which will come in five colours and three sizes (43″, 55″, and 65″), will integrate all hardware and software such as sound-bars and apps into a device with just a single wire and one plug. The streaming TV comes with 360° Dolby Atmos sound with powerful built-in speakers and sub-woofer.

People will be able to talk to their TV and say “Hello Sky” to find what to watch. Customers can also use their voice to turn on the TV, control the volume or switch to connected devices.

Sky Glass will allow consumers to access content from Sky, BBC iPlayer, Amazon, Netflix, Disney+, ITV Hub, All4, Spotify, Peloton and others using a single remote or its voice-activated interface. The TV comes with a mounting bracket integrated into the TV, or a colour matched stand.

Dana Strong, group chief executive at Sky, said: “Sky Glass is the streaming TV with Sky inside, providing the total integration of hardware, software and content. Built on over 30 years of understanding what our customers want, this is a TV that only Sky could make. We believe this is the smartest TV available, and that customers will love it.”

How much does Sky Glass cost?

Sky Glass customers can pay for their streaming TV in the same way they buy a mobile phone – by paying in one go or spreading the cost with interest-free monthly payments.

A 43” Sky GlassTV will be available from £13 per month, but consumers will also need a Sky TV subscription, meaning the minimum monthly cost will be £39. The 55″ screen is available for £17 a month (£43 a month with Sky TV), and the 65″ screen for £21 a month (£47 with Sky TV).

If you want to buy a Sky Glass outright, the 43” set is £649, 55” £849, and 65” £1,049. The TV comes with a full two-year warranty and a free delivery service that includes unboxing and packaging removal.

If you want Sky Glass in multiple rooms, the Whole Home pack puts Sky Glass inside any TV using the ‘Sky Stream Puck’ for £10 a month.

Ernest Doku, technology expert at Uswitch.com, said: “For people watching TV in the 1990s, the idea of being able to pause and rewind programmes would have seemed like wizardry. But it’s about time that Sky sprinkled some magic dust over the out-dated satellite dish.

“Instead of embracing streaming in the same way as Netflix and Disney+, Sky is incorporating its channels and other content into a QLED Smart TV called Sky Glass. This all-in-one solution finally does away with the set-top box and dish, which historically have put off many potential customers.

“A 43-inch TV costs £650, and you’ll still need your monthly subscription on top, making it an expensive way to watch TV. Alternatively, you can pay for the TV through your monthly bill, which adds another £13 a month, and takes Sky’s ultimate package to £39 per month.

“Extra TVs in the house can receive the Sky channels by paying £10 a month for a Puck device. The subscription and upgrade path means customers are more likely to stay in the Sky ecosystem for longer as the device evolves with them.

“Sky claims the Glass is the world’s first carbon neutral TV. And while details are thin on the ground, that would be an applaudable achievement. However, encouraging consumers to get rid of working televisions in order to get Sky’s version could generate a lot of unnecessary electronic waste.”