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SKY GLASS GUIDE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Read on for everything about Sky’s all-in-one smart TV and streaming service

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What is Sky Glass?

Sky Glass is Sky’s all-in-one smart TV and streaming service. It’s all about providing a premium viewing experience in an easy and seamless way.

With Sky Glass, there’s no need to install external satellite dishes. That’s because in a first for Sky, you’ll be streaming TV over Wi-Fi rather than watching a satellite broadcast.

And there’s no need for a set top box to clutter-up your front room either. Everything you need is built right into the Sky Glass TV screen, including an impressive speaker system and a huge library of content.

Perhaps best of all, though, is that anyone can get Sky Glass – you don’t need to have Sky as your broadband provider. And in great news if you live in a big block of flats, you now no longer need to get permission from a managing agent to install a satellite dish.

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Sky Glass Specs

  • Available in three sizes: Small (43 inches), Medium (55 inches) and Large (65 inches)

  • Five colourways: Ceramic White, Anthracite Black, Racing Green, Ocean Blue and Dusty Pink 

  • 360° Dolby Atmos sound through six integrated speakers 

  • Ultra HD 4K QLED screen that supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG 

  • 60Hz refresh rate 

  • Three HDMI 2.1 ports (including one which supports eARC)

What’s Sky Glass’ picture and sound quality like?

Like most TVs on the market, Sky Glass delivers 4K picture quality and HDR colour range. While it’s fairly standard these days, it means you’ll definitely get great-quality video in optimum resolution.

What sets it apart is its QLED screen. It uses ‘quantum dot’ technology to offer much more vivid colours and contrast, crystal-clear clarity, and Ultra HD images.

The Sky Glass TV integrates a 360° Dolby Atmos speaker system into its chassis. Through its six powerful in-built speakers, it projects audio nicely around the room. Sound quality is rich and immersive for a TV, which means dialogue is clear, while the bass is ‘full’ and natural.

While you shouldn’t need to add a soundbar, you have the option to connect an external sound system via the HDMI port that supports eARC.

Moreover, Sky Glass optimises image and audio to suit the type of content you’re watching. There are three modes: Sports mode, Music mode and Movie mode.

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What special features does Sky Glass have?

There’s a vast range of content available at your fingertips with Sky Glass. You’re no longer confined to just the Sky app – the home screen displays videos from all the channels and apps you’re subscribed to, making it easy to browse what’s on offer.

With its Playlist function, you can ‘bookmark’ shows and movies from all your different streaming services and channels. So, when you get around to watching them, they’re all easily accessible from your Playlist.

It’s not quite the same as recording or downloading TV to a built-in hard drive, however. As your bookmarked shows are saved to the cloud, there’s no way of keeping them if the streaming service decides to take it down.

You can also watch Sky Glass on other TVs in your home with Sky Multiroom. With a small device called a Sky Stream Puck, you can watch all your Sky subscriptions on any other standard TV. You’ll need to pay a monthly fee for multiroom, though, as well as a one-off fee for each Sky Stream Puck.

One of Sky Glass TV’s more unique features is its ability to turn on and display posters for recommended shows and moves. It does this automatically when you enter a room – if you’re not a fan, you can switch off the motion sensor.

There’s voice control too – using two microphones built into the TV’s chassis, you can operate it completely hands-free. As well as turning on your TV (“Hello Sky”), you can tell it to adjust the volume, find a particular show, pause and rewind video and even offer recommendations. This only works when you’re in Sky channels, not in third-party apps such as Netflix.

Where to buy Sky Glass?

It’s available to order on Sky’s website. All you need to do is choose the size and colour of your TV (you can even customise the colour combination of the chassis and speaker bar), select any extra TV packages and add-ons you want, and pick your delivery day and how you’d like to pay.

If you prefer seeing the TV in person before buying, you can do just that. Enter your postcode on their store locater page to find a shop near you that stocks Sky Glass.

How much does Sky Glass cost?

You can either buy the Sky Glass TV outright for a one-off fee, or spread the cost over a contract term of either 24 months or 48 months.

The Small model costs £649 upfront. If you prefer to pay monthly, the 24-month contract costs £26 per month (plus £20 upfront), while the 48-month contract is £13 per month (plus £10 upfront).

Meanwhile, the Medium model costs £849 upfront. Otherwise, it’s £34 a month (plus £20 upfront) for a 24-month contract, or £17 a month (plus £10 upfront) for a 48-month one.

Lastly, the Large model is £1049 upfront, or £42 per month (plus £20 upfront) or £21 per month (plus £10 upfront) for the 24-month and 48-month contracts respectively.

How much do Sky TV packages cost?

It’s important to note that the price for the Sky Glass TV doesn’t include the cost of any Sky TV subscriptions. You’ll need to buy packages separately – and there’s a lot to choose from.

As a minimum, Sky Glass requires you to get its base package: the Ultimate TV package. For £26 a month, you can enjoy Sky TV’s 300+ channels, as well as a Netflix subscription.

So, depending on the size of the TV you pick, Sky Glass with Sky TV and a Netflix subscription starts from £39 per month (over a 48-month term for the TV itself, plus a 31-day rolling contract for the Ultimate TV package, excluding any upfront costs).

You can then customise your package with a variety of TV extras, although you’ll need to pay for every add-on you choose.

For example, you may want to add Sky Sports (£25 a month), Sky Cinema (£11 a month) or Sky Kids (£5 a month) to your package, or other subscriptions like Prime Video and Disney+.

If you want Sky Glass in more than one room, its multiroom package costs £10 per month. You’ll also need to pay a one-off £50 for every Sky Stream Puck.

Moreover, if you want to make full use of Sky Glass TV’s Dolby Atmos sound system and Ultra HDR picture quality, you’ll need to buy an add-on for £5 a month.

Luckily, all optional add-ons work on a one-month, rolling-contract basis, so you have flexibility to choose and change your packages whenever you like.

How do I set up Sky Glass?

With Sky Glass TV designed to be a seamless and stress-free experience, the setup process is also extremely convenient.

Delivery and installation are free. Simply pick a day that works best for you, then Sky’s professional delivery team will come and help connect and place the TV – although if you wish to mount it on the wall, you’ll have to do that by yourself.

You can also choose to keep the packaging (which, by the way, is eco-friendly and recyclable) or have the installers take it away.

Once Sky Glass has been set up in your home, it’s a very intuitive process to get things up and running. After plugging it in and turning it on, just connect the TV to your home broadband, log into your accounts and you’re good to go.

Overall, Sky aims to make the installation process as smooth as possible. You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy entertainment without any hassle.

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Sky Glass – in summary

When it comes to getting a TV, you might be put off by the whole process of installing dishes, complicated set-ups and having to deal with excessive packaging.

This is where Sky Glass comes in. Designed for maximum convenience and ease of use, it offers 4K resolution and an impressive in-built speaker system – all for a decent price.

Its all-in-one experience is particularly suitable for those who rent or live in a block of flats, as it doesn’t require a satellite dish. However, to get the best quality possible, you’ll need a solid internet connection.

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you’re looking to make the most of Sky Glass’ Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos audio capabilities, or wanting to add extra TV subscriptions, you’ll need to pay extra for such services (as is standard). While these monthly add-ons are relatively low-cost, they can add up.

On the other hand, you may be able to amp up your picture and sound quality by shopping around for your own TV of choice and adding an external soundbar. And having a separate box (such as Sky Q) will give you a more extensive range of channels, not to mention proper recording functionality as well.

Nevertheless, many will appreciate the ability to have all their channels and streaming platforms tidied away neatly in one singular device. And many may be further tempted by the ease of the all-in-one experience, from the initial set-up to the everyday use of the minimalist TV screen and streamlined Sky Glass interface. It saves a lot of time and effort, without compromising too much on image and audio quality or channel selection. All this at a very competitive price point makes Sky Glass well worth considering.