Sky Q packages

The next generation of TV – Sky Q

  • Sky Q plus unlimited broadband
  • Over 50 HD channels and 300 box sets
  • Pause in one room, pick up in another
  • Ultra HD ready
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New: Sky Q 1TB plus unlimited broadband

£49.00a month for 12 months*+ £17.40 a month line rental

Free Sky Shield Protection
  • 50 HD channels and 300 box sets
  • Pause in one room and pick up in another
  • Sky Broadband Unlimited

Sky Q: Sky's biggest shakeup yet

Sky ( has given its TV service a major shot in the arm. Sky Q is the biggest shakeup to Sky TV since high definition (HD) came along. But what is it, and is it any good?

What is Sky Q?

Sky Q takes best features of Sky TV and streaming boxes, like Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV stick, and smushes them together. That means you get Sky’s complement of channels, including the exclusive Sky Atlantic, catch-up TV, box sets, and movies, backed up by extra apps like iPlayer and YouTube, and the ability to stream music from your phone to any TV.

The central idea behind the new service, however, is ‘fluid viewing’. What that essentially means is that what you watch travels around the house with you - or even outside the house in some cases.

For example, imagine you started watching an episode of Game of Thrones via Sky On Demand. Now say you had to stop watching to do something else - or needed a break to recover from all that stabbing - and wanted to watch the rest in a different room. With Sky Q, you could move to a different screen in a different room, and pick up exactly where you left off.

The same goes for recordings too. Rather than what you record being only available on your main TV, Sky Q lets you watch all your stored shows in other rooms, and even syncs with the tablet app so you can watch them on the go.

There are loads of other enhancements over Sky’s previous products too. We’ve always found Sky’s interface very easy to use, but Sky Q is another level. Browsing channels is faster, and easier than ever before – if you’re looking for a particular show, you can find everything about it, including catch-up episodes, and when it’s next on with just two or three button presses.

What hardware do I get with Sky Q?

Sky Q offers up a variety of gadgets, which sit in different rooms, but work together to give you a consistent viewing experience on every screen. Here’s what you can get:

Sky Q box

This is Sky’s new set top box. It’s smaller than the Sky+ HD in physical size, but greater in ability. It’s got 12 tuners, so it can record multiple channels at the same time, and there won’t be any more fights over what people want to watch.

It also contains 2TB storage space - five times more than Sky+ HD, and enough to capture 350 hours of HD recordings. Plus it’s ultra HD ready - perfect if you have an expensive 4K TV.

Sky Q touch remote

Sky has built a new remote to accommodate all the features of Sky Q. For example, there’s a new touchpad that lets you scroll through the interface with simple swipes - much like using an iPhone in fact. The Home button now takes you to your customised home page, with favourites and suggestions, and there’s a dedicated ‘Sky’ button that sends you straight to your recordings.

It’s Bluetooth, so you don’t need to point it the right way to change a channel. But perhaps the coolest feature is an alarm that helps you find the remote when it’s gone walkabout. Simply press a button on the Sky Q box, and the remote will beep, which will let you identify exactly which side of the sofa it’s slipped down.

Sky Q Mini

This diddy little box can be connected to a TV another room, so you can watch Sky outside the living room. It connects to the main Sky Silver box over your Wi-Fi connection, so you don’t need any messy cables or anything.

Despite its status as a secondary box, it gives you the same functionality as the main Silver - you can watch all the channels, use all the apps, access all the movies and box sets, set recordings, stream music - the works.

Sky Q Hub

You don’t need Sky Broadband to use Sky Q - it’ll still work if you’re with another provider - but if you bundle up, you get the new Sky Hub router. In-built powerline technology uses the wires in your house to send data to Sky Q boxes to help streaming quality. It also turns Sky Q boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots, extending coverage further around the home.

What Sky Q packages are available?

You can choose between two Sky bundles at launch: regular Variety, and the more comprehensive Box Sets. Both come with a Sky Q 2TB box - that's enough storage space for up to 1,000 hours of standard definition TV - but the channels you get will differ.

As well as the monthly cost, you’ll have to pay a one-off fee to activate some of the features - though this will change depending on the exact configuration of your package. It’s lower if you get broadband or extra channels, so definitely consider bundling services up.

Variety and Sky Q 2TB

  • Watch more than 300 channels, including Sky 1, Sky Living and Sky Atlantic
  • Record four shows simultaneously, and watch a fifth channel live
  • Watch 11 channels in HD
  • Watch Sky on PC, smartphones, games consoles and more

Box Sets and Sky Q 2TB

  • Watch more than 350 channels
  • Get 50+ HD channels
  • Watch 350+ Sky Box Sets
  • Stream TV (live, on-demand and recordings) on two tablets
  • Record four channels at the same time, and watch a fifth

Extra channels

You can also add on extra film and movie channels for an additional monthly charge.

  • Sky Cinema - gives you 11 dedicated film channels and more than 1,000 movies on demand. Find out more about Sky Cinema in our guide.
  • Sky Sports - gives you seven sports channels, covering Premier League football, the Sky Bet Football League, Formula One, golf and more. Check out our guide to Sky Sports for more.
  • Sky Cinema and Sky Sports - get them both and pay less than buying each one separately.

What’s good about Sky Q?

  • It’s Sky’s most comprehensive TV service so far
  • You can watch TV around the house, not just in the living room
  • Personalised recommendations help you find cool things to watch
  • You can record multiple TV channels at the same time
  • You can watch recordings on in other rooms via a Sky Q Mini box or tablet
  • More than 350 channels are available, including Sky Atlantic
  • A huge amount of on-demand TV and films available to watch in all Sky Q-equipped rooms
  • Ultra HD-ready - though you’ll need an Ultra HD-compatible TV to use it
  • Lets you push music, photos and more from your phone to the TV
  • The interface is really swish - easy to navigate and search and it looks good too
  • Excellent remote with some great features - including the ability to make it beep if you lose track of it
  • Can bundle in broadband - it’s truly unlimited, so you can use Sky Q’s many online features to your heart’s content
  • Fibre broadband bundles available for superior performance and reliability
  • Sky Q + broadband bundles include Sky Q Hub router to extend Wi-Fi coverage around the home

What’s bad about Sky Q?

  • More expensive than Sky+ HD packages
  • One-off set up fee - will be £99 for most people, but it can work out more if you don’t take broadband or extra channels
  • No ultra HD channel… yet
  • Its best features require an internet connection with decent speeds

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch to a new TV service?
    Switching TV services is a breeze if you use a comparison service like ours. Simply enter your postcode, and we’ll list all your different options side by side, so you can easily compare features and price. When you find a package you like, click the link and you’ll be taken straight to the provider’s site. Fast, simple and hassle-free.
  2. How do I get sports channels?

    There are multiple sports channels in the UK, with the biggest being Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Sky Sports is available at an extra monthly cost on Sky TV, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Virgin Media TV, and Now TV. Read our guide for more info.

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    However, these speeds are based on what 10% of the people with that package get. There’s no guarantee you’ll get them as there’re a variety of things that can affect broadband, depending on where you live, but Sky will give you an estimate of the speed you’ll get when you start an order.

  5. Can I get BT Sport with Sky Broadband?
    Only if you get Sky TV too, then you can sign up for BT Sport on a rolling monthly subscription.