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Sky Q price: How much is Sky Q?
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 core Sky Q packages and their attendant costs.
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Sky Q – From £22 a month with a £20 setup fee
This is your entry-level Sky Q bundle, and the one that relates to Sky’s initial pricing announcement. However, it doesn’t give you any of the multi-room features and only comes with a standard 1TB box that is only capable of HD playback. You can also only record three shows and watch a fourth.
After a £20 set-up fee for new Sky Q Bundle subscribers, you’ll have £22 per month to pay. There’s no hardware fee attached to this, 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 Sky+ HD box) that enables Sky TV in one room – so none of the multi-room-enabling Sky Q Mini boxes mentioned above. You get all of the regular Sky channels with the notable exceptions of the Sky Sports and Sky Movies packages, which will cost extra.
You can also upgrade to the Sky Q 2TB box, which costs £199 for installation, rather than £20. Going for the latter option gives you more flexibility should you want to upgrade to the Sky Q Experience later.
Sky Q Experience – From £35 a month with a £20 setup fee
To get multi-room content, you need to add the Sky Q Experience in. The basic package costs £35 a month (that’s £13 a month for the Sky Q Experience) with a £20 set-up fee. This nets you the Sky Q 1TB box, as above. The main difference is that you can also watch Sky on a tablet or on a single Mini box.
If you really want the full experience, then upgrade to the Sky Q 2TB box, which requires a one-off cost of £75 (a big discount on the £199 when you don’t take the Sky Q Experience). This box lets you record six shows and watch a seventh, and supports two concurrent Sky Q Mini boxes and two tablets streaming. This option also unlocks the Ultra HD content.
You can add up to four Mini boxes. The first costs £20, two cost £119, three cost £218 and four cost £317. These are all one-off costs.
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.
Extra channels – Adding HD, 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 £11 per month for Sky Movies, and £23 per month for Sky Sports. Adding in HD content costs £5 extra per month, as does the 11 Kids channels and Sky Kids app. If you want the on-demand content, including Box Sets and Netflix, that’s an extra £12 per month, although this nets you the HD content for free.
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So how much will Sky Q cost per 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 £22 a month, but you miss out on many of the features and channels.
A more reasonable set-up would be the Sky Q 2TB box with HD, Ultimate On Demand and the Sky Q Experience, plus a single Mini box. That costs £47 per month with a one-off fee of £95.
You can add Sky Sports (£21, plus a £2 charge for the HD version) and Cinema (£11) for an additional £34 a month. That’s a total of £81 per month. If you’re already paying £9.99 for Netflix Premium, you’ll save that as Netflix is included in this bundle.
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.