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You can now listen to Spotify through your Sky Q box

Thursday, April 26th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

When it launched the Sky Q box a couple of years ago, Sky promised to keep adding new features to what was already being described as a next generation TV service.

The provider has since been true to its word and today has added the ability to stream songs using Spotify to the list of things that Sky Q customers can do with their set top box.

Now, you’ll be able to search 35 million songs or browse Spotify’s curated playlists within the Sky Q homepage, using either the ad-supported free Spotify service or the paid-for premium one.

Sky says customers who’ve already invested in a Sky Soundbox will now have everything they need for a simple but high-quality home music set-up. You’ll also be able to stream music to your TV speakers using AirPlay or Bluetooth.

As well as the Spotify app, Sky has also today introduced a new widescreen user interface for Sky Q customers, which promises to help you “navigate a mixture of personalised and curated sections of content”.

Improved voice functionality

In the coming months, Sky is also looking to improve the Sky Q box’s voice functionality so it can give personal recommendation and app-specific requests, responding to commands such as “show movies for me” or “what is the weather today?”.

The sports section will be more closely integrated with the Sky Sports app and will be customisable to reflect your favourite sports and teams.

Sky also said the launch of HDR (high dynamic range) will take the viewing experience for those with 4K televisions to another level, while a new kids mode will make Sky Q more fun and interactive for children, while at the same time being a safer environment for them.

Other upcoming developments include the ability to stream Sky content simultaneously via the Sky Q app, and the introduction of the Sky Q app to smart TVs and third-party devices. There is also, of course, the much-anticipated introduction of Netflix onto the Sky Q platform to look forward to, although Sky has yet to furnish us with a launch date.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky’s UK chief executive, said: “The new features we have announced today represent a further step change for Sky Q and we are confident customers are going to love them.

“At the same time, by adding Spotify to the platform in the UK and Ireland, we are offering customers the very best in home entertainment all in one place.

“The arrival of the world’s biggest and most popular music streaming service is a great addition to the platform as it will allow TV buffs and music fans to switch between their favourite shows, online video apps and music in an instant.”

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