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Sky Q now available to non-Sky broadband customers

Thursday, March 17th 2016 by Hannah Langston

From today, customers who don’t want Sky broadband can now order Sky’s next generation TV service, Sky Q.

Launched in February, the service was previously only available to existing Sky broadband customers or new customers signing up to a Sky Q bundle that included Sky broadband.

According to Sky, if you subscribe to broadband from another provider you can now order Sky Q and get the service installed in the coming weeks.

Sky Q, billed as the next generation of TV viewing, allows you to watch different programmes on up to five screens simultaneously while also recording four other channels. You can also download shows to your tablet to watch offline.

Key features include a new touch Bluetooth remote, redesigned TV guide, interactive side bar, and on demand video section.

Customers opting for Sky Q’s high-end silver set-top box will also be able to watch programmes in 4K – four times the resolution of HD TV. Sky plans to launch 4K programming later this year, which will include sports, movies and entertainment channels.

Fluid viewing

Speaking at the launch event in January, Sky’s marketing chief Stephen van Rooyen, said: “We wanted to completely re-imagine TV, making it flexible and seamless across the screens in our lives. With Sky Q and Fluid Viewing that’s exactly what we’ve done – giving people the best TV tech on the market today, at a really accessible price. We think people will love it.”

Sky+TV customers can upgrade to Sky Q for £12 extra per month but the price very much depends on your existing TV package. Those new to Sky can subscribe to the service for £42 per month on an 18-month contract.

There’s also a one-off set-up fee ranging from £99 to £349 depending on whether you’re upgrading from a Sky+HD package or not.

Sky revealed earlier this week that the prices of its TV packages will change on 1 June and may rise by up to 10% in a minimum contract term.

Sky plans to launch a new NOW TV box later this year, which will bring together the online streaming service’s wide range of pay TV content and more than 60 live free-to-air channels.

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