Sky Go Vs Sky Q


We run through the differences between the three models of Sky's next-generation box.

So here goes I thought I’d take the plunge and change over to Sky Q. I went for the 2tb version with 4K as I thought it would be more future proof and I might invest in a 4K TV at a later stage. Apparently, unless you go for Sky’s 2TB Sky Q box you won’t get 4K broadcasts. Both of the Sky Q packages let you download shows to your tablets, whereas the ability to download with Sky+ HD required you to buy Sky Go Extra for £5 a month. Here's how the top-of-the-range. Sky's TV subscription service, Sky Q, launched back in 2016. The premium platform has grown with a range of new technologies over the years, including 4K video and HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, support.

Whether you take the basic Sky Signature package or bundle Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and everything else together, the brilliant Sky Q box is automatically included with all of the provider’s TV options.

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Customers can choose from three different types of Sky box each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. In this guide, we’ll explore what these are and compare the boxes side-by-side so you can decide which is the best for you.

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What is a Sky Q box?

The Sky Q box gives you access to Sky’s premium TV service of the same name. As well as the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV, Sky Q boasts a whole load of features designed to enhance your viewing.

Sky Q 1TB box

With the Sky Q 1TB box you can:

  • Record up to 3 shows whilst watching a fourth live
  • Access apps like Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Spotify
  • Store up to 500 hours of SD recordings
  • Enjoy HD films and TV shows
  • Watch live TV and your recordings on one Sky Q Mini box

With the Sky Q 2TB box you can:

  • Record 6 shows whilst watching a 7th live
  • Access apps like Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Spotify
  • Store up to 1000 hours of SD recordings
  • Enjoy 4K Ultra HD films and TV shows
  • Watch live TV and your recordings on two Sky Q Mini boxes simultaneously

Sky Q 1TB UHD box

Sky Go Vs Sky Q

The Sky Q 1TB UHD box does everything that the standard model can do with one key difference, it allows you to enjoy a great variety of films, sport, series and documentaries in beautifully glossy UHD.

In addition to the box, customers will need a 4K compatible TV, the Sky HD and Ultra HD add ons plus a broadband speed of at least 25Mbps. If you want to watch films and sports in UHD, you'll need the Sky Cinema and Sky Sports add ons too.

Sky Q 1TB vs 2TB

The 2TB box allows you to do more than either version of the 1TB box but depending on your viewing habits it may not always be the best option for you.

If you don’t need lots of recording space for example, then the 1TB box will be perfect for you. Those who live in a large household where the ability to stream to multiple mini boxes is important however, will want to opt for the 2TB box.

There’s also the idea of budget to consider. New customers will have to pay more to get the 2TB box installed on top of purchasing the base Sky Signature package and any extras like HD or Kids.

What is the Sky Q Mini box?

  • Watch live TV and recordings
  • Stream content to different rooms by adding Sky Q Multiscreen
  • Up to four Sky Q Mini boxes can be chained together at one time

The Sky Q Mini box is a smaller version of the main Sky Q box that you can use to watch TV all around your house by purchasing Sky Q Multiscreen. You can watch live TV plus all of your recordings and can download content from on demand.

With the Sky 1TB box you can only stream to one additional Sky Q Mini box at a time. The Sky 2TB box allows you to stream to two Sky Q Mini boxes at once.

Do Sky Q Mini boxes support UHD viewing?

Even if you’ve got the 1TB UHD or 2TB Sky Q box, the Mini box unfortunately doesn’t support 4K Ultra HD viewing.

How much is Sky Q?

  • £20 installation fee for the Sky 1TB box
  • £25 a month for Sky Signature
  • £14 a month for Sky Q Multiscreen
  • A free Sky Q Mini box with Sky Q Multiscreen

A Sky Q box is offered as standard with every Sky TV package but you'll need to pay an installation fee.

The base Sky Signature package costs £25 a month while Sky Multiscreen costs £14 a month. You get one free Mini box with Sky Multiscreen but you'll be charged for any additional ones.

If you’d like to watch HD content you’ll need to take out the relevant add on at £6 a month. If you already have Sky HD taking out Sky UHD costs only £4 a month.


Can I transfer my Sky+ recordings to Sky Q?

No, unfortunately there’s no way to transfer any recordings you’ve made on your Sky+ box to your new Sky Q box.

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Sky Q is a subscription-based television and entertainment service operated by Britishsatellite television provider Sky, as a part of its operations in the UK and Ireland, Germany and Austria, and Italy. The name also refers to the Sky Q set-top box.

Sky Q launched in 2016, replacing the previous Sky+ and Sky+ HD services.[1] Sky Q has been referred to as a 'multimedia platform' that combines conventional television with on-demand and catch-up services, as well as third-party services.[2] It includes a PVRset top box, a multiroom set top box, a dedicated broadband-connected 'hub', and applications for mobile and desktop devices. As of April 2018, Sky Q was in 2.5 million homes in the UK, Ireland and Italy.[3] In July 2018, Sky reported that there were 3.6 million Sky Q customers.[4]

Current logo of Sky Q

Former logo of Sky Q


Sky Q was first announced by Sky UK in November 2015,[5] and was released in the UK in February 2016.

Sky did not roll out Sky Q in Germany, Austria and Italy immediately, but released a modified version of the Sky Q set top box by Autumn 2016, named Sky+ Pro in Germany and Austria, and My Sky in Italy.[6][7] Like Sky Q, the box is capable of UHD resolution and has a built-in Wi-Fi router, but it omits significant Sky Q features.[6][7]Sky Italia later launched Sky Q in Italy in November 2017,[8] and Sky Deutschland did so in Germany and Austria in May 2018.[9] In contrast to the UK, Ireland and Italy (especially where Sky Italia launched Sky Q separately from My Sky), existing customers in Germany and Austria could receive Sky Q through a free software update on existing Sky+ Pro receivers.[9]


The Sky Q Silver box

The Sky Q 'Silver' set top box (called 'Platinum' in Italy) has a 2 terabyte hard disk and 12 satellite tuners, allowing up to six live TV channels to be recorded while watching a seventh.[10] The box is capable of receiving and displaying 4K resolution 'ultra-high-definition' (UHD) broadcasts, which were started by Sky in the UK in August 2016.[11]

The standard Sky Q box has 1 terabyte of storage and 8 tuners, supporting broadcasts up to 1080p ('Full HD'). A third box, Sky Q Mini, acts as a secondary device without tuners or hard drives that merely networks to the main box to allow the Sky Q service to be used in other rooms, and can also be used as a Wi-Fi 'extender' to provide stable broadband connections.[12]

The Sky Q remote control is fully redesigned compared to the earlier Sky+ and SKY+ HD versions, and has a large touchpad for scrolling and selecting within the user interface.[13][12]

Sky Go Vs Sky Q Plus


Using the Sky Q apps designed for the Android and iOS operating systems, Sky Q recordings at home can be watched on mobile devices on the go.[13] Sky Q also offers access to box sets on Sky Store. In 2019, Sky teamed up with Netflix to offer that service with Sky Q for £3 per month, cheaper than a standard Netflix subscription, called 'Ultimate On Demand'.[14]Disney+ is also fully integrated in Sky Q.[15]

In August 2017, Sky added Dolby Atmos sound support on Sky Q.[16]High Dynamic Range (HDR) broadcasts began on 27 May 2020.[17]

Sky Q over Internet[edit]

In January 2017, Sky plc's earnings report for 2016 indicated that it would launch a dish-less version of Sky Q service delivered through broadband Internet, with UK rollout projected for 2018.[18][19] No further developments on the UK rollout have emerged since then.

The Austrian version, named Sky X, was launched in March 2019, replacing a version of Now TV operated in the country as Sky Ticket.[20][21] The Italian version, named Sky Q Fibra, was launched in September 2019;[22] unlike the Austrian Sky X, the Italian Sky Q Fibra co-exists with Now TV. Both Austrian and Italian Internet television services slightly differ from Sky Q satellite service in terms of features.


Sky Q mostly received positive critical reception in the UK. in April 2018 called the service 'pure brilliance' and that it 'keeps getting better', rating it 5 out of 5.[23]TrustedReviews in April 2019 rated it 4.5 stars out of 5, praising the interface, on-the-go recordings, UHD resolution and Netflix integration, while criticising that it isn't cheap.[24] Another review from 2019, by T3, also rated it 5 stars out of 5, with the verdict stating 'Sky Q was already the best viewing experience money could buy and now, with Netflix seamlessly integrated into its UI, it has powered even further away from its rivals.' The cons were stated to be lack of Amazon Prime Video and HDR.[25]Stuff also rated it 5 stars out of 5 as of January 2019, commenting that it 'works flawlessly and could change the way you watch TV', although adding that 'Sky Q isn’t for everyone (at least not yet)' and that for some people its 'extra features will look like luxuries that might not be worth the extra expense'.[26]TechRadar rated it 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it the 'best TV subscription service on the planet', with its main criticisms being lack of Amazon Prime Video and HDR.[27] A What Hi-Fi? review from April 2019 gave it 5 stars out of 5, praising the content and multi-room ability, while criticising it for being expensive and the touchpad remote being 'fiddly'.[28]


TrustedReviews named Sky Q the 'Home Entertainment Product of the Year' in 2016, beating PlayStation 4 and Xbox One S.[29] Sky Q was rated 'Best TV platform' by T3 in its 2018 awards.[30] Sky Q was the 2019 award winner by the What Hi-Fi? magazine.[31]


Actor Idris Elba is used by Sky UK for its advertising campaigns.[32]

See also[edit]

  • Digibox (Sky's older set-top boxes)


Sky Go Extra Vs Sky Q

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  3. ^'Sky Q in 2.5 million homes'. Broadband TV News. 19 April 2018.
  4. ^'Sky passes 23 million subscribers, launching HDR in 2019'.
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  13. ^ abNield 2016-12-28T10:00:30.362Z, David. '12 essential Sky Q tips and tricks'. T3.
  14. ^Holt, Molly (9 July 2019). 'Sky customers can now get Netflix for just £3 a month'. mirror.
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  16. ^'Sky Q now has Dolby Atmos support, just in time for Premier League kick-off'. Pocket-lint. 11 August 2017.
  17. ^'Sky Q kicks off HDR support starting with on-demand nature shows'. BBC News. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  18. ^Woollaston, Victoria (26 January 2017). 'You'll soon be able to get Sky TV without a satellite dish'. Wired UK. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  19. ^Brian, Matt (26 January 2017). 'Sky Q will be available without a satellite dish from 2018'. Engadget. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  20. ^Krieger, Jörn (4 March 2019). 'Sky without cable or satellite: Sky X launches in Austria'. Broadband TV News. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  21. ^Thomson, Stuart (5 March 2019). 'Sky Austria launches streaming offering Sky X'. Digital TV Europe. Informa. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  22. ^Easton, Jonathan (26 September 2019). 'Sky Italia launches dishless Sky Q'. Digital TV Europe. Informa. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
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  25. ^Jones 2019-04-26T10:58:19Z, Robert. 'Sky Q review: Netflix on Sky Q delivers a supreme viewing experience'. T3.
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  27. ^receivers, Gerald Lynch 2019-03-14T16:14:56Z Digital TV. 'Sky Q review'. TechRadar.
  28. ^Review, What Hi-Fi? Posted 2019-04-24T14:44:58Z. 'Sky Q review'. whathifi.
  29. ^Roberts, Joe (17 November 2016). 'Sky Q wins Home Entertainment Product of the Year at #TrustedReviewsAwards 2016'. Trusted Reviews.
  30. ^Bell 2018-09-28T10:17:27Z, Duncan. 'T3 Awards 2018: absolutely ALL of the winners'. T3.
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  32. ^'Ad of the Day: Sky Q brings back Idris Elba to prove it's 'The Next Generation Box''. The Drum.

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