Sky Phases Out Sky+ Boxes In Favour of Sky Q – UPDATED
Update: Sky Q has proven to be a huge hit since Sky made the transition towards the boxes as standard, but they have once again reiterated that customers who remain on Sky+ won’t be left out when it comes to new features. Though the legacy box is unlikely to see any major revision, Sky have committed to bringing nice new features to the box. So, even though Sky customer services will no longer offer your a Sky+ box as standard, you’ll see a steady trickle of new features come to the service.
Say goodbye to the much loved Sky+ HD boxes that we’ve come to know, because Sky have made the decision to pull the plug on the box, over 15 years since they first hit the market. In their place, all new customers will take Sky’s next-gen Sky Q box as standard.
The move, announced late last month, means that the 1TB Sky Q box will now be included with all Sky TV bundles, including the new entry level ‘Original Bundle’, which is available for £20 a month.
Sky say that the decision to speed the transition to Sky Q has come from the strong positive feedback the company have received on the Sky information line, and that it by no means signals the end of Sky+ repairs and support. Indeed, some new customers will still receive Sky+ HD boxes, for instance customers who live in flats where building management has now allowed Sky to enable Sky Q in the building.
New and existing customers will pay the same install fee of £15 when they upgrade to the Sky Q 1TB box with Sky Q Multiscreen, or £60 if they choose the Sky Q 2TB box with Sky Q Multiscreen.
So, with Sky+ HD now officially a legacy product in Sky’s eyes, let’s take a look back at the history of Sky+
The Launch of Sky+
Sky+ was launched in mid-2001 and, at the time, represented an entirely new way of enjoying the TV. At a time when recording to VHS was still a commonplace occurrence, the ability to record anything directly to hard drive quickly and easily was nothing short of a total revelation.
On top of that, Sky+ also allowed customers to pause, rewind and fast-forward live TV content, which meant that those essential cups of tea never caused you to miss an important scene again.
Later, these functions would be replicated by competitors, but Sky got there first, and entirely changed the landscape.
The first Sky+ box features a paltry 40GB of space, but that would soon be increased to 80GB, 160GB, 250GB and then all the way up to 2TB of space as customers increasingly demanded enough space to fit everything they wanted on.
From the 250GB model onwards, all Sky+ boxes had HD compatibility, as well as the ability to connect to the internet. Though underutilised at first, internet connectivity became a cornerstone of the Sky+ experience towards the end of its life, with On Demand TV available from a huge range of channels.
What does Sky Q offer?
Sky Q brings a range of top-of-the-line features to Sky customers. Alongside incredible personalised recommendations, an entirely new interface, the ability to stream any of your recorded programmes to tablets and phones and much, much more, Sky Q also has support for 4K.
Indeed, unlike Virgin and BT, Sky’s 4K broadcasts aren’t streamed through the internet, so offer a slicker and quicker Ultra-HD experience. Put simply, Sky Q has enough tech to serve the next 15 years of Sky TV viewers, and represents a huge leap over Sky+.