Sky introduces Sky Q, its “biggest reimagining”

Sky unveiled a revolutionary TV service this morning - Sky Q, which includes new set top boxes and ‘Fluid Viewing’ to integrate them around your home.

Sky described the service as "the biggest reimagining of Sky in our history", and it's easy to see why. At the core of the system is the new Sky Q Silver box, featuring 12 tuners, 2TB of storage, and Ultra HD-ready tech.

The accompanying remote control is a feat in itself, with a dedicated search button and a Bluetooth connection to the Silver box that lets you find it when it gets lost.

As well as that, there are also Sky Q Mini boxes - smaller, plug-and-play wireless boxes that can connect to any TV in the house. They're totally synced up to the main Silver box, and can show every live channel, all your recordings, and everything available on demand.

Sky Q tablet and upcoming mobile apps will allow you to access your TV in the same way as well.

The synced-up Fluid Viewing means that your household's TV is integrated together across all the Sky Q devices and apps, with data sent across your home's Wi-Fi. Pause on one TV, and you can pick it up where you left off on another screen or gadget. All together, three TVs and two tablets can watch Sky TV at any one time, and up to four shows can record at once.

Sky claimed that its most requested feature was the ability to watch recordings from anywhere, something which it's now incorporated via Sky Q sync, which lets you save recordings on your tablet or phone to watch later.

It's also revamped the TV interface, with a new home screen that features My Q - a personalised section to find shows you didn't finish watching, latest episodes of your favourites, and recommendations. Whenever you're watching something, a single click on the remote control opens a side bar where you can access apps while you watch - like Facebook, sports highlights, news, and photos.

There's also music, Apple Airplay connections, and apps from YouTube, GQ, Vogue, and Wired.

A new Sky Q Hub router for Sky broadband is on its way too, which can use your home wiring to boost the Wi-Fi signal and turn Sky Q TV boxes into hotspots.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky chief executive, said: "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."

Sky Q will launch in the UK and Ireland in early 2016, though the exact date and pricing details will be announced nearer the time.

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