Thursday 22 August 2019

Sky unveils new set-top box which will allow TV sharing on five devices simultaneously

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Sky has unveiled a new set-top box that allows users to share TV services on five different tellies and tablets simultaneously.

The box, called Sky Q, lets viewers watch content and use 'smart' features such as pausing live TV on three separate televisions on two tablets.

It does this using a network of smaller boxes that connect to the main set-top box.

The Sky Q box has 2,000 gigabytes of storage, enough for 450 hours of 'full HD' content. The unit is half the size of Sky's existing set top box.

The new system also boosts wifi signals in a home by creating a 'mesh' network between the devices. And it features a new touch sensitive remote control that allows users to choose between some functions by swiping on the device.

The Sky Q set-up also lets users save recordings onto tablets to be viewed outside the home. However, recordings cannot be streamed from outside the home.

The new box is set to go on sale here "in early 2016", according to Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch.

Mr Darroch also said that the company is to begin streaming programmes in 4K resolution "in 2016". 4K, also known as 'ultra HD', represents twice the video resolution quality of current 'full HD' broadcasts.

Mr Darroch said that the 4K broadcasts would include sport and movies.

Sky has approximately 700,000 subscribers in Ireland.

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