Sky has launched a new TV that removes the need for a satellite dish or box, aiming to cut energy usage and streamline the user experience.
Available in the UK from 18 October and in Europe from 2022, Sky Glass reimagines the company’s offering. Available in 43-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch models, you can also choose between ‘ocean blue’, ‘ceramic white’, ‘racing green’, ‘dusky pink’ and ‘anthracite black’. Mounting brackets are included in the build, or you can get a colour matched stand.
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One really interesting element of how Sky is pitching the TV to consumers is the pricing model. Taking the lead from how most of us pay for our smartphones, Sky offers users the option to pay for Sky Glass over time, with subscriptions ranging from £13 (for the smallest 43-inch model) to £21 (for the largest 65-inch) per month.
In terms of specs, Sky Glass offers 4K resolution, Quantum Dot technology, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Adding to the convenience element, Sky believes the presence of Dolby sound will remove the need for customers to splash out for a separate soundbar - and it definitely could.
We were shown the first few minutes of Mad Max: Fury Road during a demonstration, and the results were seriously impressive.
The sound comes from the fabric panel below the screen, which is an example of Sky’s somewhat different approach to design. While most brands are going thinner and thinner, Sky Glass is relatively chunky compared to its competitors. That doesn’t mean it’s not attractive, however - on the contrary, we actually love the look.
Dana Strong, group chief executive at Sky, said at the launch event: “Sky Glass is the streaming TV with Sky inside, providing the total integration of hardware, software and content. Built on over 30 years of understanding what our customers want, this is a TV that only Sky could make. We believe this is the smartest TV available and that customers will love it.”
You can register to buy over at the Sky Glass site.
You can get Sky Glass with the Sky Ultimate TV package and Netflix starting at £39 per month, which we think is a decent deal for something so fresh on the market. A Sky Stream Puck, which allows you to beam content included in your package to other TVs around the home, costs £10 per month on top but means you don’t have to replace every TV in the house!
There are a few caveats, but none that will be dealbreakers for the majority of people. For example, the user interface pulls together content from various streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+, but you won’t be able to install and use other third-party apps. The ability to record shows is also gone, with streaming taking its place.
All in all, Sky Glass is a refreshing new addition to the TV market, with enough visual difference and smart touches in its operation to entice those looking for something new.