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Netflix is finally coming to Sky Q

Friday, March 2nd 2018 by Steve McCaskill

Sky Q is without a doubt the best way to enjoy Sky TV, serving up shows like Game of Thrones, the latest films from Hollywood and the world’s best live sporting action. But it’s not so great if you want to watch Netflix content like The Crown.

Not for much longer, anyway. Sky and Netflix have announced a new partnership that will see the full Netflix service available on Sky Q. That means you can search for films and television shows directly from within the excellent Sky Q interface and use voice search.

It will be possible to use your existing Netflix account – perfect if you’ve spent hours upon hours painstakingly curating your watch list – or get Netflix directly from Sky.

A Netflix subscription starts at £5.99, with a premium subscription complete with Ultra HD streaming and multiple device support costing £9.99.

There’s no word on when Netflix on Sky Q will be available or how much it costs, but Sky is promising a “brand-new and attractively priced” package. Sky plans to double the amount of Ultra HD content available on Sky, and the addition of Netflix will help it with that too.

Sky Q is the broadcaster’s most advanced television platform. Viewers can watch up to six shows while recording a seventh if they have the 2TB edition of the Sky Q box, which can store up to 1,000 hours of HD.

Sky Q - £20 a month

The cheapest deal for Sky Q costs £20 a month with the Entertainment pack and Multiscreen is an additional £12. This allows you to watch live TV and recordings on a compatible smartphone or tablet, while one complimentary Sky Q Mini box lets you watch programmes on another television in another room.

As many as four Sky Q Mini boxes can be connected to a single Sky Q box, although this will incur additional costs, and they even act as Wi-Fi signal boosters for Sky broadband customers.

The Netflix deal is the latest in a number of Sky Q improvements and partnerships announced over the past few weeks.

Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, will be arriving on the platform in the future, while Sky is promising to make the service even more personalised with recommendations based on viewing habits and even favourite sports teams. Meanwhile, a new Kids mode will make it more family appropriate.

And even if you don’t have Sky, there’s another way to benefit. The Netflix app will be added to NOW TV devices as a standalone app, so you can enjoy both streaming services without being tied into a minimum term contract.

Earlier this month, NOW TV revealed the NOW TV Smart Stick, which is the size of a USB flash drive and plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. It also has voice-activated search that recognises shows, films and actors.

An entertainment pass costs £7.99 a month, a cinema pass costs £9.99 a month and a kids pass is £2.99. A sports day pass is £7.99, while a week pass is £7.99 and a month pass is £33.99. However for a limited time only, you get two months of Sky Sports for £40 – or £20 a month.

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