Sky announces the next stage in the development of Sky Q, Europe’s best home entertainment experience. Beginning next month, Sky will progressively roll out product features that will make the Sky Q experience even better.
At the same time, Sky Group is announcing a new partnership with the world’s leading music subscription service Spotify. Starting first in the UK and Ireland, the partnership will offer customers easier access to more of the entertainment they love.
Sky Q Innovation
Sky Q will continue to be enhanced with multiple new features making it even easier for customers to find and enjoy content they love.
Greater personalisation based on a household’s viewing habits will ensure customers are served content most relevant to them. At the same time, Sky Q’s Voice functionality will be extended to give customers the ability to ask for personalised recommendations such as “show movies for me”.
In order to create an even better viewing experience, a new, wide-screen, user interface will be introduced and the amount of Ultra HD content available will double this year, with over 1,000 hours of UHD content on Sky including the whole Spider-Man franchise.
Sky Q will become one of the safest places for kids to watch TV with the introduction of a new Kids mode, giving parents peace of mind over what their children can access and watch whilst at the same time offering a fun environment for younger audiences. The reach and accessibility of Sky Q will also be extended with the ability to stream content to more devices at the same time, plus a Sky Q app will become available on Smart TVs and third party devices.
Further detail on Sky Q innovation can be found in the notes to editors.
Spotify on Sky Q
In spring, the world’s leading music subscription service, Spotify, will launch on Sky Q in the UK and Ireland. Along with the recently launched Sky Soundbox, this partnership will offer customers a simple set-up for a high quality home music solution.
With over 35 million songs, customers can find music from global superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Drake, or browse Spotify’s library of curated playlists such as Hot Hits UK, Easy 90s and Massive Dance Hits within the Sky Q homepage and via the Spotify app.
Customers will be able to use the ad-supported Spotify service for free, or log in to their premium account.
Along with Sky Soundbox, customers will be able to augment their existing Sky Q audio services, including the ability to stream to TV speakers via AirPlay or Bluetooth.
Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky commented: “Sky Q keeps getting better and better. With this suite of innovation, we are taking the user experience to another level - and we won’t stop there. We will continue enhancing Sky Q and finding new ways to bring customers more of what they love, and in so doing ensure we appeal to every household and every one in that household. With Spotify joining our Sky Q platform, we are giving customers the best home entertainment experience in Europe.”
Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive, UK and Ireland, Sky, added: “The new features we have announced today represent a further step change for Sky Q and we are confident customers are going to love them. At the same time, by adding Spotify to the platform in the UK and Ireland, we are offering customers the very best in home entertainment all in one place. The arrival of the world’s biggest and most popular music streaming service is a great addition to the platform as it will allow TV buffs and music fans to switch between their favourite shows, online video apps and music in an instant.”
Jorge Espinel, VP of Business Development, Spotify, commented: “Spotify and Sky share a focus on innovation, disruption and delivering an excellent experience to our customers. We're delighted that consumers in the UK and Ireland will soon have another means to listen to all the music and podcasts they love on Spotify via Sky Q. The partnership between Spotify and Sky will offer consumers the chance to enjoy great entertainment from two leading media brands, and we are excited for what the future of the partnership may bring."
Source: Sky Corporate, Sky Q takes another big leap forward
How do I access Spotify?
Spotify will be available on Sky Q through the Spotify app which appears within both the Music and Online Video sections. Sky Q customers can also find music from global superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Drake, or browse Spotify’s library of curated playlists such as Hot Hits UK, Peaceful Piano and New Music Friday UK within the Sky Q homepage.
How do I subscribe to Spotify?
You can sign up for a free Spotify account directly from your Sky Q box. You can also log in with an existing premium account or sign up on Spotify.com
When will Spotify be available?
The Spotify app will be available on Sky Q from spring 2018
How much will it cost?
You will be able to use the ad-supported Spotify service for free, or log in to your premium account.
Will Spotify be integrated into my existing Sky bill?
Not from launch, but we may look to introduce this at some time in the future.
Can I use the free ad-supported Spotify service?
Customers will be able to use the ad-supported Spotify service for free, or log in to a premium account if they have one
Can customers keep their Spotify account if they leave Sky?
We will share more details of this closer to launch
I have both Sky and Spotify already – what will happen?
Existing Sky and Spotify subscribers will be able to access by simply opening the Spotify app on Sky Q and entering their existing login details.
Will Spotify be available on Sky+?
Spotify will be available on Sky Q only.
Sky Q FAQ
What other new developments can I look forward to seeing?
The Sports section will be personalised to reflect customer’s favourite sports and teams, seamlessly integrating with the Sky Sports app, ensuring customers always know what’s on and what the latest relevant news is.
The viewing experience will also be taken to another level with the launch of HDR, to give customers with 4K televisions the most stunning definition and clarity available.
update 26/07/18: we plan to launch HDR in 2019.
When can I expect to see the new features?
The new features will begin to roll out from next month. Some may not be available until next year – there’s lots to get through
What new Ultra HD content is coming to Sky Q?
Customers can look forward to Save Me (Sky Atlantic) and the F1® season on Sky Sports. Plus, we’re pleased to confirm that the Spider-Man franchise will join Sky Q later this year.