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Sky Q price: How much will it really cost you?



Sky's next-generation TV service is now available, with installations taking place as we type this. As you'd expect from Sky, It's expensive. But if you're already paying top dollar for a subscription then upgrading might not be as pricey as you'd expect.

At the heart of the Sky Q package is the Sky Q Box. This is pretty much an advancement of the older Sky+ HD box that sits pride of place under so many of our TV sets.

Besides the enticing thought of 4K broadcasts, one of the key things the Sky Q Box can do is output to multiple Sky Q Mini boxes. These are smaller versions of the Sky Q Box that can push content to other screens in your house.

Add in a swish new Bluetooth remote, a sharp image-heavy UI, and improved tablet and smartphone integration, and we have is a strong evolution of the Sky TV experience.

So how much will it cost? Sky's pricing announcement initially took many by surprise with its apparent reasonableness. But, that's far from the whole story.

First, let's run through the two core Sky Q packages and their attendant costs.

Watch our Sky Q hands-on below

Sky Q Bundle – £44 a month with a £99 setup fee

This is your entry-level Sky Q bundle, and the one that relates to Sky's initial pricing announcement. However, it actually lacks many of the headline features Sky introduced back in November.

After a £99 set-up fee for new Sky Q Bundle subscribers (existing customers pay £50), you'll have £44 per month to pay. There's no hardware fee attached to this (or the Silver Bundle for that matter), as you're not actually buying the Sky Q Box that comes with the package. You're merely renting them from Sky.

For this you get a 1TB Sky Q Hub (the same capacity as the existing Sky+ HD box) that enables Sky TV in one room – so none of the multi-room-enabling Sky Q Mini boxes mentioned above. You also only get to stream Sky content to a single tablet.

You also get to record three programmes whilst watching a fourth live. You get all of the regular Sky channels with the notable exceptions of the Sky Sports and Sky Movies packages, which will cost extra.

Both bundles now make service and repair visits free.

Related: 10 reasons you'll want to switch to Sky Q

Sky Q

Sky Q Silver Bundle – £56 a month with a £99 setup fee

Sky's premium bundle is the one that really represents the full Sky Q experience, as spelled out at launch.

Here, there's a £99 set-up fee if you're renting a Sky Q Silver box plus a Sky Q Mini box, and a £149 set-up fee if you're just after the Sky Q Silver box on its own. Whichever you choose, new customers must then pay £56 per month.

For this you get an upgraded Sky Q Hub with 2TB of storage (double that of the regular bundle), and the ability to record four programmes and watch a fifth live (one more than the regular bundle).

Perhaps the biggest addition here, though, is the Sky Q Silver Hub's ability to push content to two additional rooms through the Sky Q Mini boxes. You get one Sky Q Mini box in the package, but you have to pay extra if you want to add more. Sky doesn't say how much the extra boxes will cost.

This Silver box is also the only one of the two that supports 4K, so if you want to be watching UHD content when it hits later in the year then this is the one for.

The Silver bundle enables you to stream content to two tablets rather than one, and once again you get the full set of 300-odd Sky channels, minus Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

Buy or upgrade now from £20 a month at Sky.com

Extra channels – Adding Sky Sports and Sky Movies

In order to receive Sky Movies and Sky Sports on either Sky Q Bundle, you'll need to pay an extra £1 per month for Sky Movies, and £20.50 per month for Sky Sports.

Alternatively, you can bundle both together for £34.50 per month – a £3 saving. Bargain.

Related: Here's everything the clever Sky Q Touch remote can do

Sky Q

What about 4K?

You may have noticed one glaring omission from both of these packages. Sky doesn't say anything about 4K, arguably the headline feature of Sky Q if you're someone who has invested (or is planning on investing) in a UHD TV set.

It seems likely to us that you'll have to pay extra to access 4K content through Sky Q. There's a precedent for this in the fact that Sky has always charged £10 extra for HD.

We'll have to wait to see what Sky's plans are with 4K, but there's every chance it's going to cost you extra.

Are there hidden costs?

If you're a new user looking to jump in with Sky Q, you may not have twigged that there's a significant potential extra cost to consider, hidden away in the blurb.

Put simply, if you want to get Sky Q at the above costs you'll also need to either pay for Sky Movies and/or Sky Sports, or be a Sky Broadband customer. Otherwise, there'll be a massive premium to pay.

If you're with any other broadband provider and you don't want to pay for those extra channels, the £99 installation fee for the Sky Q Bundle becomes £249. Similarly, the £149 installation fee for the Sky Q Silver box on its own becomes £299.

The biggest increase is for the top Sky Q Silver Bundle, which includes a single Sky Q Mini box with the Sky Q Silver box. The normal price for this is £99, but if you don't meet any of the aforementioned requirements, you'll have to pay £299. Ouch.

Related: Sky Q vs Sky HD

Sky Q hub

Don't forget the broadband

As we've just discussed, a lot of people are going to want to bundle in Sky Broadband with their Sky Q package to keep installation costs down. Sky Broadband customers also get first dibs on Sky Q.

So what about those Sky Broadband costs themselves? Right now Sky is running a deal that sees its standard Sky Broadband package available for free for 12 months. It's usually £10 per month. It's not really free, of course: you have to pay £17.40 per month for line rental.

For this you get no download limits and a 17Mbps connection. It's worth noting here that Netflix, one of the front-runners in the 4K content field, specifies a minimum of a 25Mbps connection for its own 4K content, so if you're keen to get into the whole 4K ecosystem, this probably isn't the broadband package for you.

With that in mind, you'll probably need to bump up your package to Sky Fibre. The entry-level package currently costs £5 per month (it's usually £10), which will get you speeds of 38Mbps and a 25GB data limit. For unlimited data at those speeds, you'll need the current top tier at £10 per month (usually £20).

Regardless, you need to factor in an extra £20 to £30 per month on top of the aforementioned costs when totting up your Sky Q package.

So how much will it cost you a month?

Right, let's try and break this down. If you're looking at the cheapest Sky Q bundle, you're going to be spending £42 a month. A corresponding bundle from Sky+HD with the Family Pack and Sky Go Extra – both of which are standard on Q – costs you £43.

You can add Sky Sports (£25.50) and Movies (£17) for £34.50, though with Sky Q it seems you don't have to pay the extra £5.25 for HD. That comes out to £76.50 for Sky Q and £80.75 Sky+ HD, a saving in fact.

Moving up the ladder, if you want Sky Q Silver with Movies and Sports it will cost you £88.50 a month. £1.50 more than the closest comparable Sky+ HD bundle, which costs £87 (this includes Sky Go Extra and multiroom). Got it?

Buy or upgrade now from £20 a month at Sky.com

It's all quite confusing, but the overall view is that Sky is already an expensive service and yes, Sky Q is pricey but it's not that much more than the existing Sky service.

What do you think of the pricing for Sky Q? Let us know in the comments below

Peter Lunn

February 2, 2016, 12:50 pm

One thing that you need to update. If you have Multiroom you get SkyGo Extra at no charge. Making the total price for Sky+ HD £87 not £92. This is what I pay (ouch) and its on the web site

Muts Nuts

February 2, 2016, 1:15 pm

Still is a massive amount of money per year :( , defo not for me .

Reg Edmunds

February 2, 2016, 1:31 pm

Why would anyone want to pay for Sky TV, or Virgin for that matter? I have Freeview and a cheap NOW TV box so why would I need it?


February 3, 2016, 9:54 am

Don't forget that sky make it incredible difficult to cancel. I tried and thought I had beat the system, only to discover that when I had cancelled my sky tv they had also cancelled my broadband and telephone line. Result, I lost my telephone number and had to reprint all my business stationary. After months of calls Sky finally admitted they were wrong but said there was nothing they could do to help. Luckily BT were very helpful and rushed me through with a new line and number.


February 3, 2016, 11:09 am

Even if I was willing to cough that amount of cash, I still can't, as I'm on an exchange line, and there is no way my 4Meg down and 0.2Meg up broadband will cope. Yes folks, 0.2Meg up broadband is a thing, and I live in a city!! Sadly that means I have to take broadband from Virgin. Does anyone know if Virgin have Sky Atlantic channel, that seems to be the only thing I watch these days :-)


February 12, 2016, 1:31 pm

Everyone calm down please.
Sky is a luxury. It's costs 130 quid all in each month...and if you have the top package of everything already, SkyQ is only an extra 2quid a month after paying 150quid connection and setup.

Thing is, I am in this position. However before you all troll..I worked and still work very hard to earn my salary so my can indeed afford some luxuries.

If you expect to pay peanuts then you are deluded. Nobody is entitled to anything. Earn it. I have.


February 12, 2016, 7:25 pm

Basic sky is about £50 with unlimited broadband want on demand in any room in the house on tablets or phones? Get Netflix (or equivalent) for £6 a month... what you think they will never have uhd?


March 6, 2016, 5:53 pm

Your analysis ignores the fact that nobody needs to pay full price for Sky or Virgn Media for that matter. That's the beauty of competition. I have both and get a 55% discount on Sky and 40% on Virgin Media over full rates with the top package on both and multi-room. All you need to do is cancel at the end of the 12 month contract and they will offer you a deal. If they don't just make sure you retain one service and they will blink first or call you after the disconnection to get you back. I just cancelled my Sky as the discount expires this month and it will be interesting to see if they offer me a deal on SkyQ.

Gordon Sorley

March 16, 2016, 7:57 pm

No they don't Atlantic is a sky only channel


March 18, 2016, 9:14 pm

is this on top of what I pay sky already ?

Richard Aylott

April 2, 2016, 1:12 pm

Well your the mug for paying £130 a month to Sky. I have the full service for £35 a month. Its customers like you that give Sky the right to charge stupid prices!!!!!!


April 5, 2016, 8:46 pm

Just to see what it would cost to upgrade my current Sky subscription to the Sky Q Silver package (in April 2016): was asked for a £149 one-off setup fee, plus £54 per month extra (yikes!!) & a 18-month contract. Yes, you guessed right - I won't be taking it up!

Peter Slater-Quick

April 16, 2016, 8:28 am

I pay £115 per month for everything( incl Sky Q, Broadband, Phone and line, TV in 2 rooms with Silver and Mini Q etc) but not BT Sport. All I had to pay is £50 installation on Sky Q. Well worth every penny. Been with Sky for over 10 years.

Peter Slater-Quick

April 16, 2016, 8:31 am


Richard Aylott

April 16, 2016, 8:44 am

Because while you are stupid enough to pay £100 odd a month,Sky are going to think they have a premium service. Why pay more for something when you don't have to???? Unless your a millionaire , I don't see your financial logic here!


April 19, 2016, 8:21 pm

There is no logic to paying a premium, these tards obviously have more money than sense if they want to pay 1500 quid (or there about) a year to sky! Haha it's funny, each to their own though. Way I see it the idiots that want to pay through the nose to the likes of sky are facilitating Skys ability to offer new customers cheap deals for a year at less than half price. I ditched sky and will never go back They're completely irrelevant in an emerging IPTV world and will become more irrelevant as that market grows and matures. Their new Q service offers nothing relevant next to IPTV .

Richard Aylott

April 19, 2016, 8:40 pm

I agree with you Dan about Sky Q. There is 2 features I like about it. The planner share and the forthcoming 4K service. Apart from that Sky by offering anything new. Just like Apple and most tech companies they are drip feeding technology to the consumer and charging a premium for it.

I believe Sky offer a good service apart from dodgy HD bitrate on some channels but would not dream of paying £100 a month for it. I have the full TV service with multiroom for £38 a month which I am happy with.


April 22, 2016, 8:37 pm

I called Sky to find out the costs of Sky Q.. it was a disaster.

First I'll start off by saying I have 5 TVs in my house which are all connect to two Sky HD boxes by TV-Link for an extra £10 a month. One for my Computer Room and my Bed Room, and the other for the Living Room, Kitchen and another Bed Room.

When I called, they wanted £44 for the Sky Q Box and £99 activation, then wanted another £58 to achieve the same package I already have, which is currently £46.. that wasn't the worst of it.. to get Sky to the rest of the TVs in my house they wanted £99 for each Sky Q Mini box and £69.99 for each box to be activated.


Sky Q + Activation £144

Sky Q Mini Boxes x4 + x4 Activation £850

Sky Q Router £69.99 +£6.88 Delivery

A Grand Total (without monthly subscription) of £1090.. I sh** you not, this is what the guy on the phone told me..

He also went on to tell me I could save on the Sky Q Mini boxes by connecting a Tablet to the TVs and use Sky Q Player.. I've actually used Sky Q Player and Sky Go.. both of which do not support HDMI on Tablet or Mobile device..


May 23, 2016, 6:46 pm

I have just called sky to ask about sky q silver I am a customer of many years I pay £83:40 a month for the family package that includes fibre broadband unlimited, line rental and sky talk. They have just said I can get sky q silver for a total of £101:40 a month with a £60 set up cost which I think is not that bad


May 24, 2016, 9:52 pm

I was previously paying around £105 for sky with everything (4 x sky HD boxes). Ordered Q - Installation fees of circa £350 but price dropped to around £88.50 per month and no need for Sky Protect as the boxes belonged to Sky (another £10 per month saving), also I previously subscribed to BT Sport on two boxes (this dropped by £5 as I now subscribe on one viewing card) - yet I can now watch BT Sport on all four Q boxes rather than just two. Its a much better system and only at the beginning of what it can do. They are learning as they go along and if you have multiple mini boxes and a non standard home they generally need to send out a "Sky Q Ambassador installer" to sort you. But once set up its brilliant. The old system was at its limits - this is the future. It's really very good

Peter Slater-Quick

June 15, 2016, 10:35 am

Worth every penny,


July 7, 2016, 6:06 pm

Well I was considering upgrade we have 2 boxes 1 sky+HD other one is SKY+ been customer of skys since day one almost, but we pay currently £68 per month would be plus £6 for Q, souned really good scrolled down £149 for installation and we would not even own the box :O, erm no thanks.

Jim lyons UW

July 30, 2016, 8:57 am

Over £1,000 a year? That's a family holiday or your mortgage paid off 5 years early or a new car every few years. Jeez, go see the world and live a little.
Or instead you can watch a mind numbing screen?
You are being brain washed to conform. If you can't see that, then pay the money, sit back and succumb...sorry enjoy...


October 19, 2016, 10:36 pm

I have been with SKY for years, I pay 28 Euro for the normal package & documentaries. SKY have tried to persuade me to change but I have told them if they want me to leave I will leave. SKY have on occasion given me Sports or Movies for 6 mths free and at the end I say I don't want them and I keep my original package. SKY will keep the customer happy as they need every penny to pay for football. They know they are not the only provider on the market.
I have free sat in all other room (old SKY boxes) & I believe only idiots pay over a 1000 for their yearly TV. Save your money, go on holiday, get a life.
I nearly forgot, I got the SKY+ box by telling them to disconnect me if they wouldn't give me a free box, they were looking for 269 euro for the upgrade, even sent out the lads to fit it.


October 19, 2016, 10:49 pm

When you get quoted stupid numbers tell them you want to cancel your account, you will be handed over to the termination team who will do just about anything to keep you as a customer. Do not pay installation or set up fees.

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