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Sky Q will be available without a dish from 2018

Thursday, January 26th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky is to offer its flagship TV service without the need for a satellite dish.

The new service, which will see Sky Q delivered through a box over broadband, is expected to launch in the UK in 2018.

It will make Sky TV – including shows such as Riveria starring Julia Stiles (pictued) – available for the first time to millions of homes that cannot install a dish.

Sky, revealing its financial results for the second half of 2016, said there has been a strong take-up of Sky Q so far, with about a million boxes in around 600,000 UK homes.

According to Sky, the service has already changed viewing habits, with customers watching 10% more TV compared to those with Sky+.

New features, including voice search, greater personalisation and the ability to record six shows while watching a seventh, will be rolled out on Sky Q this year.

Also launching this year is the My Sky app, which will allow customers to check their broadband speed, review and pay their monthly bill, and get help and support.

The app will also feature a new loyalty programme, which will reward customers based on how long they’ve been with Sky.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK’s chief executive, said: “This year is about giving our customers even more quality, choice and value.

“We’re planning to launch our Sky TV service without the need for a satellite dish for the very first time, giving millions more homes the chance to enjoy TV with Sky Q.

“We are continuing to build our European TV production studio, with 100 original series going into production. And with innovations like the My Sky app, we are finding new ways to make our customers’ lives simpler.”

'Extended our reach'

Sky’s group chief executive, Jeremy Darroch, said the company had delivered a strong financial performance, adding 500,000 customers in the six months to 31 December 2016 and selling two million products.

The firm recorded an operating profit of £679m. That’s down £65m on the previous year but bear in mind Sky had to pay out an additional £314m in Premier League costs.

“We remain confident in our strategic plans and have made significant progress against them,” said Mr Darroch.

“We’ve launched Sky Mobile in the UK, delivered further enhancements to the customer experience across the group and extended our reach in Europe’s largest TV market with the launch of Sky Sports News free-to-air and Sky 1 in Germany and Austria."

Yesterday, Sky confirmed it will be putting up the price of line rental from the start of March. It said affected customers are likely to see their bills rise by around £3.

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