Sky is launching Sky Glass, a smart TV that aims to replace satellite dishes and set-top boxes. The new device is aimed at solving the problem of the multiple software and devices that are currently required to watch linear and connected TV.
The Sky Glass smart TV will come integrated with Sky Q. Sky Q aggregates content from subscription streaming services as well as the broadcasters’ platforms. This means that those who have Sky’s new smart TV will be able to access content from Sky, BBC iPlayer, Amazon, Netflix, Disney+, ITV Hub, and All 4 through one single user interface and remote.
The Sky Glass TVs will be launched on 18th October and is Sky’s first major hardware launch since it was acquired by Comcast in 2018.
As well as reducing the number of user interfaces and the hardware consumers will have to use, Sky Glass will do away with the previous need for a nest of electronic cables for audio.
The company also said that it would be introducing a 4k smart camera in 2022. This will pair with Sky Glass and allow consumers to watch films together, play games, work out and join in calls.
Sky Glass will start at £13 per month (for customers who choose the smallest 43-inch screen option), but users will need a Sky TV subscription on top of this to be able to use the device. This will bringing the total starting cost to £39 per month.
Sky Group chief executive Dana Strong spoke at an event launching the product.
“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,” Strong said, “We believe this is the smartest TV available, and that customers will love it.”