Sky Glass – Sky’s attempt to redefine the TV experience
The past few weeks have seen fevered expectation about what Sky was going to announced at its event on October 7th, and now we know for sure – it’s a 4K HDR TV.
But Sky Glass is not aiming to be like any other 4K TV on market. It looks to integrate to entirety of the Sky experience, from content to voice control, the user interface and more into one affordable and easy to understand package.
The TV uses Quantum Dot technology, and packs in support for 4K HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG), as well as an integrated built-in Dolby Atmos soundbar similar to Panasonic’s solution on its high-end OLED.
The TV comes in three easy to understand sizes: small, medium and large (43-, 55- and 65-inch). The smallest size can be purchased outright at £649, with the medium option £849 and the biggest at £1049. There’s also the ability to purchase through a smartphone style subscription, starting from £13/month. You can read more on how much Sky Glass costs here.
There’s also the option of purchasing a device called a ‘Puck’ (£10/m). It’s not a controller but a streaming device that lifts the user interface from the Sky Glass TV and sends it to another TV in the home.
Sky has developed the interface and sourced the elements (wit the display made by TPV) to create an all-in-one TV, with even the wall-mount integrated at the rear for easy fixing to a wall (it’s also VESA compliant).
The TV’s speaker system consists of six speakers – 3x outward firing efforts, two upward firing and a subwoofer – powered by 215W. Dolby Atmos is integrated for a more spacious and expansive audio experience, and there’s support for Dolby Digital plus and Stereo 2.1 soundtracks too.
With regards to the design, Sky partnered with Map Project Office, and offers a choice of five colours (Ocean blue, Ceramic white, Racing green, Dusky pink, or Anthracite black), with matching remotes and customisable speaker fascia so you can personalised the appearance of the TV further.
Connections include 3x HDMI (2.1), an Ethernet for hardwiring, Wi-Fi 6 support, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0 and a DTT DVB-T/T2 in case your internet goes down but still need access to broadcast content.
Other features extend to voice control (Sky’s own solution) with far-field microphones able to locate your voice commands, and the ability to wake the TV from standby when a person walks past for an instant start.
Dana Strong, Group Chief Executive, Sky said on the launch: “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.”
You’ll be able to purchase it from October 18th. You can pre-register now at the Sky Glass site where it’s being sold direct by Sky to customers.