Sky Box Sets
By Tim Smith | Tuesday, October 20th 2020
Sky Box Sets is Sky TV's on-demand pack for some 500 TV series that you may have missed, you might want to catch up with, or you just want to enjoy for the 100th time as essential comfort viewing. It can be accessed as part of Sky's TV deals starting with the entry-level Signature package.
Find out all about what you need to watch Sky Box Sets offers 500 on-demand TV series – where you can watch them, what sort of TV shows you can see, what kind of subscription works for you – right here in this guide.
What is Sky Box Sets?
Sky TV Box Sets is part of Sky TV's entry-level Signature TV pack. As its name suggests, it enables Sky Signature subscribers to watch and download (via Sky Go) 500 digital-only TV 'box sets' (full series to binge watch) including some classics, some Sky-only shows, drama, comedy and even some documentary series. These can be viewed on TV or downloaded for viewing with Sky Go on tablet and computer. Because it's part of Sky Signature, which is the entry-level TV package, any package upwards of Sky Signature also includes it.
How can I get Sky Box Sets?
The Sky TV Box Sets package currently offers 500 TV series. You can get it by signing up to the entry-level Sky Signature TV package, or any package in Sky's mid and upper-tier TV offerings.
If you are an existing Sky TV subscriber, all you need to do is access your account details using your remote control. Then go to the Sky Shop. Just select 'Sky Box Sets' in the shop and then follow the on-screen prompts.
How can I watch Sky Box Sets?
You can watch Sky Box Sets by getting a subscription to Sky TV. Sky has recently made Sky Box Sets part of its entry-level 'Signature' TV package. So, if you don't already have a Sky TV subscription and want to access the 500 TV series available via Sky TV Box Sets, you will need to sign up with Sky TV.
Although you can't watch Sky TV Box Sets directly on Virgin Media, BT TV or TalkTalk TV, you can watch Sky Box Sets using Now TV. You can do this via the Now TV app or the Now TV HDMI stick.
What equipment do I need to watch Sky Box Sets?
If you are already a Sky TV subscriber you don't need any additional equipment to watch any of the 500 TV shows available via Sky Box Sets. If you're going to take out a new Sky TV subscription that will include the Sky Box Sets package and you will be supplied with a Sky Q set-top box for viewing.
There are other ways of accessing the Sky service. These all entail using Now TV (which is Sky-owned) and its entertainment passes.
Now TV Stick
You can access Now TV using a stick that plugs into your TV's HDMI slot. You then purchase your pass or passes as and when needed.
The Now TV App
You can access Now TV using its app. This is available on your tablet device and computer. You purchase entertainment passes, and these give you access to Sky TV content including Sky TV Box Sets.
Other TV providers
At the time of writing Sky Box Sets via Now TV are available using the app on AppleTV, Apple TV+, YouView on BT TV and TalkTalk TV.
LG, Samsung and Hisense smart TVs
More and more smart TVs are making the Now TV app available directly from their own media hubs. LG, Samsung and Hisense certainly offer the app.
On your games console
Both Sony's Playstation 4, and Microsoft's Xbox One offer the Now TV app, which can be used to watch Sky TV Boxsets. At the time of writing no Now TV app is confirmed for Playstation 5 or Xbox Series S or Series X.
What shows are available on Sky Box Sets?
Sky TV constantly updates Sky TV Box Sets' 500 TV show full-series. You'll find all sorts to choose from including dramas, comedies, documentaries and classic shows. At the time of writing you can view the following shows on demand via the Box Sets service:
Sky Box Sets offers fun and laughs from both sides of the Atlantic in binge-worthy digital boxsets to view on demand and to download and view using Sky Go. Both up-to-date and classic shows made by Sky but also by US and UK partners including Channel 4 and the BBC are available.
Comedy and entertainment shows include political satire, Veep starring Seinfeld alumnus Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and created by Thick of It show-runner, Armando Iannuci. There's also Peep Show, where you’ll find the adventures of Mark, Jez and Super Hans available from the first episode to the last.
Drama series proliferate in Sky Box Sets. You can find US, British, and European shows in all sorts of drama genres from docu-drama, to families at war, to crime and romance. The multi-award winning and gripping, nuclear reactor disaster series, Chernobyl, competes for attention with domineering dad Brian Cox in the knife-in-the-front saga of a US media tycoon and his family in Succession. It's not all US fare though. Save Me has tonnes of British acting talent including Suranne Jones, Stephen Graham, and starring Lennie James in search of his missing daughter.
As well as comedies and dramas, Sky Box Sets also offers documentaries that sometimes support the available series and are sometimes standalone. For example, if you've watched the Chernobyl docu-drama then The Real Chernobyl documentary provides detailed background including interviews and footage from 1986.
Sky Box Sets give you the opportunity to settle down and watch (or rewatch) some absolute classic TV series from the past. US, British and European dramas and comedies are there to be streamed and watched with Sky Go.
In terms of classic TV binge watches you can't do much better than Twin Peaks, to call this just a crime drama is to seriously underestimate David Lynch's epoch-making, surreal seasons of whodunnit combined with what-is-happening TV. Something different is available as Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha, Miranda, and New York City star Sex and the City, the show that took the late 1990s into the new millennium.
Frequently asked questions
Can I watch Sky Box Sets with other TV providers?
No, not directly. However, you can watch Sky TV Box Sets using the Now TV HDMI stick, or accessing your Now TV pass from your Virgin Media, BT TV, or TalkTalk TV account.
Can I still watch my downloaded Sky TV Box Sets after they come off the service?
Unfortunately not, this is because when Sky TV removes a show or that particular series from its Sky TV Box Sets roster, then your downloads stop being viewable too.
Are Sky TV Box Sets physical discs?
Although the name might suggest that, Sky Box Sets is actually Sky TV's on-demand, digital-only service. You can watch Sky Box Sets on your TV, and on your computer and your tablet device using Sky Go.
Can I watch Sky TV Box Sets on my tablet or computer?
Yes, you can watch Sky Box Sets using the Sky Go app. This means that while the show or series remains available on the Sky Box Sets roster, you can download it and watch it using Sky Go. As soon as it is removed from the roster, though, it will cease to be available to you.