Sky has announced that it is updating its Sky Q system, offering a new expanded view UI, simple new show and sports centres, intuitive smart buttons and improved voice discovery, which will make it easier to browse, find and watch the stuff you love, all in one place.
As part of the upgrade, Disney+ will also be available in HDR on Sky Q boxes. Sky added HDR to a number of channels last month.
Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer, Sky, said: “We’ve redesigned Sky Q to make it even smarter, simpler and better at aggregating all of the TV and app content you love into one place. A new-look UI, improved voice search and more intuitive navigation make everything easier to find without having to search around, so you can get to the next episode of Succession, a brilliant football podcast, or choose from the most popular British dramas easily.
“And we’re not stopping there, the tech team behind Sky Q and Sky Go are working hard on loads of new updates that we’ll be rolling out every few months, so you can expect your Sky TV experience to keep getting better.”
Here’s the full list of updates:
- A fresh, expanded view UI makes room for more TV inspiration. It says goodbye to the static menu bar, which is replaced with a dynamic collapsible menu, letting you see a third more of the stuff you love. This means more TV, film, online video, podcast, music and games recommendations on your home screen, and less time searching for what you want.
- Each show will have a show centre, a go-to destination for every available episode. All seasons, episodes, recordings, broadcast schedules and on-demand links are together in one place for the first time. Plus, there’s a new smart button coming that gets you to the episode you want quickly. So, if you’re halfway through an episode of Gangs of London, it’ll say ‘continue ep. 3’, or if you’ve just finished, it’ll suggest you start the next episode. The smart button will switch between Continue, Delete, Watch from the Start, or Play the next episode – all based on what you watched last.
- Sports fans will soon be able to find all the latest games, news, documentaries, fixtures, podcasts and tables in new sports centres. Saying ‘football’ into the voice remote will take you to a page that brings together live and on demand football content from all channels and apps including; Sky Sports, Sky Sports App, BT Sport, terrestrial channels, YouTube and Spotify. You will see everything that’s on at that moment, with no need to scroll, search or dip in an out of apps. It’s not just football, you can do this for a range of sports including; F1, Cricket, Golf, Boxing, Tennis and more, with leagues and sporting events coming soon.
- Voice discovery makes your next entertainment choice even easier. Sky Q’s advanced voice search has got more intuitive, and will let you ask for themes and genres, alongside actors. Saying “thrillers with Nicole Kidman” will soon bring up relevant suggestions of what to watch. You’ll soon be able to ask for entertainment themes too, such as ‘new shows’, ‘Halloween’ or ‘Christmas’.
These updates will be rolled out to Sky Q boxes from July 9th.
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