Here are the greatest deals from Sky for its broadband, Sky Q and Sky Glass products
If you’re looking to upgrade your telly with a selection of exclusive channels, the most talked-about boxsets from the US, and the latest sports coverage and blockbuster movies – Sky TV is a solid choice. The satellite company is best known for its Sky Q set-top box, with the ability to pause and rewind live television, and oodles of content from Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, and boxsets from Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+ from the same gorgeously designed menu. There’s also support for 4K Ultra HD and voice commands. But if you opt for the newly-launched Sky Glass, you’ll benefit from all of the above but you won’t need to worry about the hassle of drilling a satellite dish into the side of your house as everything can be beamed wirelessly via broadband. Regardless of whether you pick Sky Q or Sky Glass, you do not want to pay full price if you don’t have to. As such, we’ve rounded up the best Sky TV deals below for those looking to buy Sky Q, Sky Glass, Sky Sports, or Sky Cinema bundles. As you might expect, prices change pretty frequently – so it’s worth checking back on a regular basis…
Those who want Sky television at home now have the choice between Sky Q and Sky Glass, pictured
Best Sky TV + Netflix Deals
Since October 2019, Sky has included a complete Netflix subscription with some of the telly bundles. Currently branded as the Ultimate TV bundle, this includes access to a wide selection of live satellite channels as well as 500 on-demand boxsets from Sky and a Netflix subscription that unlock access to the entire library of series and movies available from the popular streaming service. So, you’ll be able to stream some of the most talked-about shows of the last few years, including Sex Education, The Witcher, Bridgerton, The Haunting Of Hill House, Making A Murderer, Tiger King, Queer Eye, Selling Sunset, The Good Place, and more. Netflix is tightly integrated into Sky Q and Sky Glass, with new shows and films suggested on the homepage all of the time. Sky will track what you’re watching and recommend similar shows from across its own channels, on-demand content, and Netflix.
You can use the voice search functionality built into Sky to check Netflix’s catalogue too – so you won’t need to worry about the hassle of typing out the name of a show, actor, or director with the alphanumeric keypad at the bottom of your Sky TV remote! Whenever you search on your Sky box, the software will check upcoming TV listings, the catalogue of 500 on-demand boxsets included with the Ultimate TV bundle, Sky Store, as well as Netflix’s catalogue. So you’ll never have to worry about accidentally renting something on Sky Store that you later discover was included in your Netflix subscription.
Finally, the Netflix subscription included as part of this bundle is exactly the same as the one bought directly from Netflix. So, you’ll be able to download Netflix apps to your smartphone, tablet, games console, or Smart TVs in other rooms of the house (if you don’t pay extra for Sky Multiscreen, which brings small satellite set-top boxes to other TVs in your house with access to the complete Sky experience, including the recordings made on your main Sky Q box or Sky Glass telly) and watch the same shows and films. Netflix synchronises playback across devices too, so you can start bingeing a boxset on your Sky Q box, then pick up at the exact spot where you left off on your iPhone on the train to work, for example.
As well as Netflix, the Ultimate TV bundle also arrives with access to exclusive shows and films from streaming service Peacock. Available as a standalone subscription in the United States, Sky has partnered with Peacock to incorporate its entire back catalogue as well as upcoming exclusive boxsets and movies into its Ultimate TV bundle at no extra cost.
That means you’ll be able to tune in to the Saved by the Bell revival as well as Rutherford Falls, Punky Brewster, The Girl in the Woods, Five Bedrooms, and Vanderpump Rules. Upcoming Peacock shows, like the dramatisation of the events covered in the Tiger King documentary broadcast on Netflix (also available for Ultimate TV subscribers) dubbed Joe Exotic and starring Kate McKinnon and Kyle MacLachlan, will be coming to Sky Q and Sky Glass very soon. All-new shows like Vampire Academy, Irreverent, The Innocent, The Resort, The Missing, The Best Man, Angelyne, Ted, and Battlestar Galactica, that appear exclusively to Peacock subscribers in the United States, will appear soon on Sky set-top boxes.
Other highlights from the Peacock library include The Office (US), Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Psych, Superstore, A.P. Bio, The Mindy Project, Will & Grace, Mr. Mayor, Young Rock, and Saturday Night Live, alongside popular dramas such as Battlestar Galactica, Monk, Bates Motel, Heroes, Friday Night Lights, 12 Monkeys, Downton Abbey, House, Suits, Quantum Leap, Warehouse 13, The Equalizer, and Grimm, and talked-about unscripted hits like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Million Dollar Listing, Below Deck and The Real Housewives.
Peacock also packs some must-watch movies, including Brüno, Bulletproof, Children of Men, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Game, Hanna, Hannibal, The Last House on the Left, MacGruber, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Meet Joe Black, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Seed of Chucky, A Simple Wish, The Skeleton Key, Tower Heist, United 93, Very Bad Things, What Dreams May Come, and You, Me, and Dupree.
Best Sky TV + Sky Sports Deals
One of the best perks of picking up a Sky TV subscription is access to its unrivalled sports coverage. Sky Sports has exclusive rights to a number of Premier League matches, award-winning coverage of the Formula 1, live coverage of golf, cricket, tennis, NFL, and more. Sky has rebranded its Sky Sports channels based on the sport they primarily cover – of course, these can change throughout the year, but for now, subscribers will be able to access Sky Sports Main Event HD (the biggest fixture of any sport taking place right now), Sky Sports Premier League HD, Sky Sports Football HD, Sky Sports NFL HD, Sky Sports F1 HD, Sky Sports Golf HD, Sky Sports Cricket HD, and Sky Sports Arena HD (this broadcasts all of the action from sports not represented by dedicated channels, including rugby, boxing, tennis, and a number of other sports).
As always, you’ll be able to pause and rewind the action as it takes place with your Sky Q or Sky Glass kit – so you’ll never miss a moment. If you’ve added a Sky Sports bundle to your account, this will be reflected in the recommendations made on the main menu of your box. So, if there’s a major sports fixture taking place, you’ll see shortcuts to jump into the action when you switch on your telly in the morning. Sky Glass refreshes its suggestions six times a day to make sure they’re always as timely as possible, while older Sky Q boxes provide a similar experience.
Unlike with the standard Ultimate TV bundle, you won’t need to pay extra for High Definition for the Sky Sports channels. By default, all eight channels will be available in the pixel-packed format. You can pay extra to boost this quality to 4K Ultra HD though.
Best Sky TV + Netflix + Sky Cinema Deals
Want to bring the multiplex to you? Then, you’ll want to add Sky Cinema to your Sky TV subscription. Previously known as Sky Movies, this bundle of channels brings some of the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Sky also produces a number of ‘Sky Original’ films, including the Academy Award-winning Promising Young Woman, which took home the gong for Best Original Screenplay earlier this year. The part-psychological thriller, part-black comedy is available to anyone who subscribes to Sky Cinema and can be viewed in up to 4K Ultra HD quality.
Sky Original films are released to Sky Cinema subscribers on the same day as they launch on the silver screen in your local multiplex.
Sky Cinemas has a rotating selection of films, with a new addition every day. These can be downloaded on-demand to your Sky Q or Sky Glass kit, downloaded to a smartphone or tablet to watch on-the-move for those who pay extra for Sky Go, or viewed as they air live on the Sky Cinema channels, which include Sky Cinema Premiere, Sky Cinema Greats, Sky Cinema Disney, Sky Cinema Family, Sky Cinema Action, Sky Cinema Comedy, Sky Cinema Sci-Fi and Horror, and more.
Sky also launches a number of themed live channels, such as Sky Cinema Tom Cruise and Sky Cinema Harry Potter, which stick to their theme 24-hours a day.
Movie fans can also use the voice search features included with Sky Q and hands-free with Sky Glass to test their knowledge. While the feature lets you shout the name of the film, actor, or director you’re looking for… it also lets you say well-known quotes from movies to find the title. For example, shouting “Where’s the money?” into your remote will load the listing for Jerry Maguire. Movie buffs can have a lot of fun working out which films in Sky Cinema’s pretty expansive catalogue have been updated to support this feature.
Coupled with the original films included as part of the bundled Netflix subscription, there should be no shortage of movies to watch with these deals.
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Sky Q vs Sky Glass: Which Is Best For You?
It used to be pretty easy to recommend Sky’s television service – as there was only one option. For years, the Sky Q box has won every award going thanks to its mammoth hard-drive capable of storing thousands of hours of television, its dizzying number of tuners that allow you to record six shows simultaneously, and the intuitive remote control that includes voice search capabilities – so you can say your favourite actor or director and be thrown to search results of all of their output across Sky’s terrestrial channels, Sky Store, Netflix, and other streaming services on your box.
But things are a little more complicated following the launch of Sky Glass. This custom-designed 4K TV boasts (almost) all of the features that helped Sky Q clinch all of those gongs, but drops the need for a satellite dish. For those who don’t want to affix a dish to their roof or wall, those in rented properties who aren’t allowed to drill into the outside walls even if they wanted to, and those in high-rise apartments without a communal dish… Sky Glass means they can finally experience what Sky Q owners have been raving about for years!
Sky has also supercharged a few of our favourite features from Sky Q, including the fact that voice control is now available hands-free (so you don’t even need to get up and find the remote, you can just say “Hello, Sky” and then request a new channel, a streaming app, or quote from a film to be sent to the listing (“Show Me The Money!” will load Jerry Maguire in a blink, for example).
At £13 a month, Sky Glass is pretty reasonable. Although, there are some reasons you might prefer to stick with the tried-and-tested Sky Q, which is still available to buy. First off, if you’re already perfectly happy with your television, there’s no need to buy another one. While £13 a month might seem low for a new telly, there’s no point paying that at all if you’ve recently splashed out on a shiny new OLED TV, which will have a better picture than the QLED panel used in Sky’s custom-built set.
Voice commands let you quickly find the channel, show, director or actor you’re hoping to watch next
Next up, Sky Glass doesn’t have a physical hard-drive inside it. Instead, everything is streamed from the cloud. So, instead of recording a series like I’m A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here! on the spinning disk-drive inside your set-top box, Sky Glass will stream the show from ITV Hub when you want to watch it after-the-fact. For most people, that’s fine. But those who want to keep their recordings for years, or like to re-watch old episodes of Match Of The Day (due to rights, BBC can only keep one episode on its iPlayer catch-up service at a time), you’d be better with Sky Q.
And finally, if you want to start watching Sky television right now, you’d better stay away from Sky Glass too. The new all-in-one television is experiencing a huge surge in demand at the moment, forcing Sky to collect details from customers to put on a waiting list. So, there’s no estimated shipping date when you put down your details. Instead, you’ll have to wait for Sky to get in touch with the details of how to sign-up for the new dish-free viewing experience. By comparison, Sky Q is available to buy at the checkout right now. In fact, you’ll be able to take delivery of the box within days if you’ve previously owned Sky. New customers will need to wait until the next available visit from the engineers, but that shouldn’t be too long.
As mentioned above, Sky Q shares a number of popular features with Sky Glass, so you won’t be missing out too much by opting for this traditional set-top box and satellite dish set-up. You’ll still be able to watch movies, live sport fixtures and boxsets in crisp Ultra HD 4K picture quality with Dolby Atmos surround sound (provided you’ve got the right speakers plugged into the back of your telly). There are also voice commands, the ability to start from the beginning of a show when you drop in halfway through, pause and rewind live television, built-in apps for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Fiit, Spotify, and many more. And you can download recordings from your Sky Q box to take with you on an iPhone or iPad ready for your next longhaul flight, commute, or simply to watch in bed.
Sky leverages the Openreach network, so it can offer millions of users speeds of up to 1,000Mbps
Best Sky TV + Broadband Deals
What is so brilliant about Sky’s broadband offering is how simple the satellite company makes it for you. There’s three options – Superfast, Ultrafast, and Ultrafast Plus. These unlock speeds of 59Mbps, 145Mbps (that’s over twice as fast as the average home broadband speed in the UK), and 500Mbps (more than 7x faster than most in the UK) for £28, £35, and £45 a month, respectively.
If you have a busy household with multiple people making video calls, streaming boxsets from Netflix, Disney+ or Sky, backing up photos to the cloud, or downloading software updates for their smartphones, laptops, tablets, and games consoles… we really wouldn’t recommend opting for anything less than the Ultrafast bundle. Not only does that boast the 145Mbps download speeds, but you’ll also get faster upload speeds of 27Mbps, which is important when making video calls and uploading data to online storage, like iCloud, Google Drive or Microsoft Teams.
Published at Mon, 20 Dec 2021 13:01:00 +0000