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How to watch the Royal Wedding in Ultra HD

Wednesday, May 9th 2018 by Oprah Flash

Just over a week to go until Britain’s most eligible bachelor gets swept off the market for good. Yep, that’s right we’re talking about the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Sky News has announced it will be the only broadcaster worldwide to show the Royal Wedding live in Ultra HD from 9am on Saturday 19 May.

If you’re thinking of making an event out of the big day, you’re in luck as the BBC is giving away free TV licences for community screenings of the wedding.

Whether you like it or not we’ve all been bombarded with details about the wedding, we know the flavour of the cake, what carriage will be used and who will be the best man. The only thing we don’t know yet is who is making Meghan’s dress.

Everyone within the inner circle has been very tight-lipped so we may have to wait until she steps out of the car on her big day to find out.

The Royal Wedding in UHD on Sky News

When she does, to see it in crisp Ultra HD with four times the clarity of standard HD, you’ll need to have a Sky Q box and tune in to Sky News.

John Ryley, head of Sky News said: “Sky News will offer viewers a comprehensive package of coverage across all our platforms, however they wish to follow the event on the day.

“We’re incredibly excited to be the first and only broadcaster to televise a Royal Wedding in UHD and to offer those watching the ceremony across the country expert analysis, innovative technology and bespoke coverage on mobile.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

How to get Sky Q

It’s going to be a big one and proof that even the most traditional family in the UK is moving with the times, as this is the first major royal event to be broadcast entirely in Ultra HD. For the techie enthusiasts among you, the production will include the use of 110 cameras, 27km of cable and 160 members of technical staff.

What’s the catch? To get a Sky Q box you’ll have to become a Sky TV customer. Packages start at £20 a month for the basic Sky Entertainment pack plus a one-off cost of £20 to cover the Sky Q box. Now, here is where things get a bit sticky.

There are two types of Sky Q boxes, the first offers 1TB of storage, allows you to record three shows, store up to 500 hours of TV and watch telly in HD.

To get the Ultra HD you’ll need the other, snazzier box with 2TB of storage, the capability to record six shows and store up to 1,000 hours of TV.

You might want to sit down for this bit, you’ll have pay £199 upfront with your Sky Entertainment pack to get your hands on the 2TB box. If you decide to add Multiscreen to your bundle, it adds an extra £12 a month to your bill but brings the upfront fee down to £85. The same goes for existing customers wishing to upgrade.

It’s up to you how important watching the Royal Wedding in Ultra HD is, if you’re new to Sky, it might be cheaper than the travel and accommodation to see it in person but only marginally. Your best bet is to find a good street party and watch Prince Harry tie the knot for free, even if it's not in HD.

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