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Sky Q gets split-screen viewing for footie, tennis and F1

Sky has announced a Sky Q update that adds new sports features to the next-gen TV box.

Sky Q now includes a new ‘Split Screen’ mode that lets viewers watch two live streams side-by-side. That means you can watch two football matches, tennis games, or Formula 1 races at the same time, live as they happen, courtesy of ‘Match Choice’ and ‘Race Choice’ modes. You’ll also be able to experience two different camera angles with Formula 1, so you don’t miss out on any of the action.

Sky has also integrated a ‘Video Clips’ mode into the new split-screen feature, so you can watch highlight video clips while still keeping an eye on the live event. All you need to do is press the red button, open the Sky Sports app on Sky Q, and choose how you want to customise your viewing.

“We know our customers absolutely love watching live sports and the new Sky Q features will give them the flexibility to choose how they watch,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Brand Director of TV. “Whether it’s a Premier League match or Formula 1 race, customers can simply choose split screen viewing and watch the most talked about goal again and again, or two live races side by side.”

Here are some of the upcoming sports events that will work with the new features:

  • World Cup Qualifiers (Oct 6-11) – Split Screen: Live Streams (Match Choice)
  • F1 Japan Grand Prix (Oct 7-9) – Split Screen: Live Streams (Race Choice) | Split Screen: Video Clips
  • ATP Shanghai (Oct 11-14) – Split Screen: Live Streams (Tennis Match Choice)

Split Screen functionality works on both the 1TB and 2TB Sky Q boxes, with packages starting from £20 per month.

The Sky Q range was announced in November last year, and consists of three different set-top boxes: Sky Q, Sky Q Silver, and Sky Q Mini. There’s also a Sky Q Hub broadband router, as well as several mobile applications. New features of the range included Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, a new UI, and 4K UHD broadcasting (on Sky Q Silver only).

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