Sky to launch satellite-free TV service

Sky has plans to make its premium TV package, Sky Q, available without a satellite dish for the first time, the provider announced yesterday. From 2018, you’ll be able to watch Sky telly using just your broadband connection.

That's good news for anyone who rents or lives in an apartment building, where it's not always possible to get a dish installed.

It's likely that all you'll need is high-speed fibre optic broadband to get it dish-free - streaming TV via the internet needs a lot of bandwidth and data.

Sky says that the response to Sky Q has been rather encouraging - 600,000 households have already signed up to the premium service, and they're watching 10% more telly than regular Sky customers - so it's keen to roll it out to even more people.

Chief executive Stephen van Rooyen said: "This year is about giving our customers even more quality, choice and value. We're planning to launch our Sky TV service without the need for a satellite dish for the very first time, giving millions more homes the chance to enjoy TV with Sky Q… We are finding new ways to make our customers' lives simpler."

The internet-only TV service is expected to launch some time in 2018 - though we're not sure exactly when.

It's possible, however, that 13 channels will be missing from Sky Q when the dish-less service goes live. The company is currently in a dispute with Discovery Communications, the company behind the Discovery suite of channels, that could see them disappear from Sky TV.

If negotiations don't conclude soon, Discovery, Animal Planet, Eurosport, ID, Quest, and TLC may be pulled from the service next month.

Source: Sky

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