A new app has been added to the Sky Q connected satellite platform. BBC Sounds allows users to access live radio, music mixes, playlists, and podcasts produced by the BBC.
The app is now available to all Sky Q customers, and can be launched using the voice control remote by saying “Launch BBC Sounds”.
Among the functions of the app is the ability to pick up where they left off on other devices. Users can subscribe to shows so they don’t miss an episode, and bookmark their favourites.
The deal expands on existing collaboration between the BBC and Sky, which saw iPlayer launch on Sky Q towards the end of 2019.
The Amazon Prime Video app is to be added to the latest generation of Freesat boxes, providing another way for Prime Video customers to access the service. New customers will be able to sign-up via the app, and receive a 30 day free trial. The addition will enhance the hybrid offering, which includes a large selection of free-to-air channels delivered via satellite.
Sky and Amazon have also unveiled a new partnership, which will see Prime Video added to Sky and Now TV devices across Europe, including the UK and Ireland. In a return move, Now TV will be added to selected Fire TV devices and Smart TVs.
This means that Sky customers will be able to access all Premier League football matches shown live via their Sky Q box, with matches from BT Sport, Prime Video, and Sky Sports all being available via the platform. However, to do this a subscription will be required to all three services, which may be a costly exercise.
Sky has unveiled another raft of new features for its Sky Q platform, which combines satellite TV with on-demand and catch-up services.
Notable features include movies in high-dynamic range (HDR), which offers better picture quality.
Viewers will now be able to watch recordings, on demand content and access apps when satellite signal is lost due to adverse weather conditions.
There are also more commands which can be used with the voice search function, including “Made for Laughter lovers” which searches for comedy programmes.
Netflix shows in HDR (high dymanic range) quality can now be found on Sky Q, joining a growing collection of HDR content.
HDR content includes some Sky Nature shows, alongside other Sky originals including Cobra and Save Me Too. Subscribers to Disney + have access to Disney content in HDR.
The Secret Garden is the first Sky Cinema original film to be made available in HDR. Live sport in HDR is also expected next year (2021).
Sky have unveiled a series of upcoming updates to the Sky Q platform, the flagship receiver which allows access to online and catch up content alongside the usual range of channels.
Among the improvements are:
- Revised user interfaces, replacing the static user bar with a collapse-able one
- Improvements to voice control, allowing the user to search by genre.
- Additional HDR (high-dynamic range) content, including from Disney Plus.
The first update is expected in the next few weeks.