Sky introduces Sky Glass streaming TV to integrate hardware, software and content
Sky has announced a new smart TV that allows viewers to watch Sky content without a satellite dish or set-top box. The launch of Sky Glass simplifies the way customers watch TV by integrating hardware, software and content.
UK viewers with the new device will be able to watch Sky TV over WiFi. The new streaming TV is available to buy in the UK from 18 October and will launch in Sky’s other European markets from 2022.
Sky Glass will be available much like a mobile phone. with flexible payments. It is hitting the market in five colours and three sizes – 43″, 55″ and 65″ – including UHD HDR and Quantum Dot technology, producing over one billion colours, as well as 360-degree Dolby Atmos sound with powerful built-in speakers and sub-woofer.
It is also the world’s first TV to be certified as a CarbonNeutral product.
Speaking at the launch, 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.”
With over a billion colours, a 4K UHD Quantum Dot screen delivers crystal-clear picture, while the 10-bit HDR screen supports HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision to produce vibrant, more intense colour. Also, Intelligent Zonal Technology works to bring darker darks and brights that look brighter.
Viewers also do not need to buy separate soundbars for their new TVs, with six powerful integrated speakers in optimal positions to deliver edge to edge Dolby Atmos sound and a sub-woofer designed in for a rich, deep bass.
With far field voice and Glance Motion Technology, users can say “Hello Sky” or walk past to bring the streaming TV to life. A new home page brings content from across Sky, BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Disney+, ITV Hub, All4, Spotify, Peloton, PlayWorks and more. The system is also voice or remote control operated.
Sustainably designed, Sky Glass has low power features built in such as auto-switch-off and auto-adjusting screen brightness helping it to be more energy efficient. It is the only TV to come in recyclable packaging, free from single-use plastic and by using a TV with everything built in, you reduce electricity consumption by up to 50%.
Sky Glass has been built as a platform which can be deployed by other telco and subscription television operators so they can bring the Sky Glass experience to their customers too. Sky today announces the Foxtel Group, Australia’s leading subscription TV company as its first Sky Glass syndication partner. Sky Glass will launch in the Australian market as an element of the Foxtel Group’s future roadmap for its Foxtel brand and will contain both Foxtel and third-party content. This is the first of many collaborations as Sky Glass is scaled across the globe.
In 2022 Sky Glass will launch a high spec 4K smart camera that works seamlessly with Sky Glass and will unlock a range of exciting new services for the whole family. It will transform how users chat, play games, workout and share entertainment at home.
The streaming TV from Sky is built on technology borne of the collaboration as part of the Comcast Corporation, using the same operating system, and with shared knowledge and expertise.